As well studied and documented cancer is, there still seems to plenty of misinformation floating around the water cooler. While researchers and physicians don’t know everything there is to know about the how’s and why’s of cancer, years of medical experience and innumerable cancer trials and studies have provided us with a substantial list of widely accepted and documented facts. Here are five common misconceptions about cancer that you or someone you know may believe to be true, but definitely aren’t.
Do You Believe This About Cancer?
- You’re Fine If You’re In The Shade – While many of us enjoy running around in the sun for outdoor activities at the beach or in the park, a little time spent under a tent or a tree can offer a nice break from the direct sunlight. However, that shade is actually not protecting you from the sun’s harmful UVB rays - and the skin cancer risk they bring - which are reflected up from the water, grass, or sand around you. In other words, you’re still receiving exposure to the sun – even in the shade!
- Cancer Is Contagious – bottom line: No. For instance, while human papillomavirus (HPV) can be spread between people and the virus itself may then possibly lead to an eventual cancer diagnosis, it’s not the cancer that’s spread from person to person.
- Being Overweight Has Nothing To Do With Your Cancer Risk – actually, that extra weight increases your chance of kidney, prostate, and gallbladder cancer, not to mention several others. Plus, the eating habits associated with being overweight tend to be heavy on the saturated fats and processed foods.
- I Can Cure My Cancer Naturally - though you may possibly benefit from certain natural therapies that could ease nausea or dampen other cancer treatment side effects, at the moment there exist no homeopathic or herbal cures for cancer or solid research to back up those claims.
- Men Can’t Get Breast Cancer – while not nearly as susceptible as women, men are certainly at risk for breast cancer (though only around 2,000 cases per year are diagnosed). Liver disease, heavy alcohol use, and being overweight are some of the risk factors associated with male breast cancer.