13 Sep Cancer Myths

Cancer Myths Busted

There is a lot of misleading information out there. Below, we set the record straight on common myths about cancer prevention and risk factors.

MYTH

Dark-skinned people don’t get skin cancer.

REALITY
Darker-skinned people — including African Americans, Asians and Hispanics — can and do get skin cancer including Melanoma.

MYTH

There’s no point in quitting smoking. The damage is done.

REALITY
Reality: No matter how long you’ve been smoking, you still can reap significant health benefits by quitting. According to the National Cancer Institute, people who stop smoking before age 50 cut their risk of dying early from smoking related causes by 50%.

MYTH

Only women get breast cancer

REALITY
About 1% of breast cancer cases occur in men, says the National Cancer Institute. And, due to a lack of awareness about male breast cancer, it’s often found at later stages, when the disease is harder to treat.

MYTH

Nutritional supplements prevent cancer

REALITY
Reality: Nutritional supplements don’t reduce a person’s chances of developing cancer. If you eat lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans, you should get the nutrients your body needs to lower your chances of getting diseases like cancer.

MYTH

Sugar feeds cancer

REALITY
Cancer cells need nutrition like any other body cell, but it doesn’t mean that feeding body with sugar/calories would accelerate the growth of cancer.

MYTH

If you cut open the body, the oxygen will make the cancer grow

REALITY
Back in the days, the CT or MRI scans were not readily available, so the surgeon would not know before going in that the cancer had already spread to other places in the body.

MYTH

Cancer may spread from one person to other if they share same utensils, clothing etc.

REALITY
Cancer cells cannot be transferred to another individual with either casual or intimate contact.