On too many occasions, it is not the cancer that kills, but the lies believed about cancer. It is also no news that cancer is one of the most dreadful diseases in this world. Fighting a battle without knowing your opponent is one way to accept defeat. Hence, to fight cancer, you must be well informed about the disease. There are five things that people say about cancer that is not true. Find out what they are in the body of this article.
CANCER MEANS DEATH – This is a lie. Not all cancer cases kill its patients. Cancer does not always kill, as opposed to the hasty generalization that once you have any type of cancer, you are going to die. The mortality rate of cancer has continued to reduce year by year with technological innovations in the medical field. As a matter of fact, thousands of people have testified that they overcame cancer. So, cancer does not always mean death.
CANCER IS HEREDITARY – This is also a lie. Only five percent of cancers are hereditary, and as a matter of fact, these hereditary cancers are not always inherited. There is nothing that guarantees that a person who has no history of cancer in his family has less chances of having cancer than a person who has such history. So, cancer is mostly not hereditary.
CANCER IS CONTAGIOUS – This is absolutely false. No type of cancer is contagious regardless of the kind of relationship one has with a cancer patient. There is also no need to stop cancer patients who are getting adequate treatment from living their normal lives. The only way cancer can be contracted is by organ transplant, which rarely happens because medical practitioners don’t transplant organs of people with cancer history. Also, the viruses that cause cancer may be contagious, although in rare cases, the disease itself is not contagious. Therefore, there is no need to quarantine cancer patients.
MICROWAVING FOOD IN PLASTIC CONTAINERS CAUSES CANCER – It is true that when some plastics get overheated, they emit harmful chemicals. So, if such plastics are heated in a microwave for too long, they may melt due to the heat and then emit harmful substances into the food. These substances may then cause cancer. While the chances of these are rare, it is safer to microwave food in plastics tagged ‘microwave-safe’.
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS CAUSE CANCER – How can these be true if the sweeteners have FDA approval? Artificial sweeteners do not cause cancers of any type. There is also no scientific proof or explanation that supports the notion that artificial sweeteners cause cancer. Hence, this is a lie. You can continue to cut your sugar intake by regulated use of artificial sweeteners.
The overall message is to stay informed about everything that happens to and around you. Ignorance kills faster than many diseases including cancer. The lies about cancer have made it such a dreadful disease such that people find it hard to believe in the possibility of overcoming cancer. However, people do overcome cancer.