Common Cancer Stories and Misconceptions. Be Cautious And Informed!

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Cancer is a devastating disease and it is the second leading cause of death in the United States. There is a generalized idea about how cancer begins and spreads, however, they are often rooted in old theories which are outdated. Mistaken notions about cancer could mislead diagnosis and hinder treatment outcomes according to the National Cancer Institute.



Cancer's Death Toll

Cancer kills hundreds of thousands of people in the United States every year. The likelihood of a cancer death has, in fact, steadily diminished since the 1990s. The five-year survival rates for cancers such as breast, thyroid, and prostate, are now over 90% and has 66% for all type of cancers.

Patient prognosis depends on a variety of factors.

These includes:
  • Overall health
  • Rate of growth of cancer
  • Spread of cancer


Misconceptions:

Does Cancer feed on sugar?

Cancer cells need more glucose than normal cells. Still, there are no significant studies have been conducted that eating sugar would make cancer worse nor decreasing sugar intake will take off cancer. Sugar may not have a direct effect on cancer cells but having a high sugar intake is bad for your health. This may increase your risk of developing cancer.

Artificial Sweeteners Induce Cancer

Any artificial food sweeteners must be approved by the FDA and to be considered safe for human consumption. Research studies have not rendered a clear evidence of a correlation between using artificial sweeteners and developing cancer.

Is Cancer Contagious?

This is one common misunderstanding about cancer. Cancer might be a hereditary condition but not a contagious disease.  The risk of passing the disease from another is extremely low.
The only way where cancer might be transferred from one person to another is through a tissue or organ transplant from someone who carries cancer in the past. Doctors avoid the use of tissue or organs from donors who have a history of cancer.

The Power of Positivity

There is no reliable scientific evidence to support the theory that a positive attitude promotes good health. Although, we believe that staying positive is the best attitude to have. Even though there is no scientific evidence to prove this doesn’t mean a person won’t benefit from having positive bearings.


Herbs and Remedies for Cancer

There are studies that suggest alternative remedies may aid in dealing with cancer. But there is no conclusive evidence that herbal products are an adequate cancer treatment. Some may even be dangerous if taken during a current cancer treatment. Alternative claims should always be discussed with the doctor.

Cancer is Hereditary or Runs Through The Family

Only about 5% to 10% of cancers are caused by inherited harmful gene mutations which are usually rare.

Be Well Notified

There is no need to be afraid of cancer. Starting a healthy lifestyle is your most efficient and practical method of preventing cancer and also by being well-informed about your family health history.


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