MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Doctor Michael Meshad from the Southern Cancer Center joined us in the News 5 studio to talk about common cancer myths and misconceptions.
SOME OF THOSE MYTHS INCLUDE:
1- Cancer a death sentence.
2- Eating sugar will make my cancer worse.
3- Artificial sweeteners cause cancer.
4- Cancer is contagious.
5- Cancer surgery or a tumor biopsy can cause cancer to spread in the body.
6- Drug companies and the Food and Drug Administration are blocking or withholding new cancer treatments.
7- Cancer is a man-made, modern disease.
8- Superfoods prevent cancer.
9- Attitude-positive or negative-determines my risk of, or likely recovery from, cancer.
10- Cancer is always painful.
11- Cell phones cause cancer.
12- Underwire bras cause breast cancer.
13- Antiperspirants or deodorants can cause breast cancer.
14- Cancer get worse if exposed to air.
15- There are herbal products that can cure cancer.
16- Someone in my family has had cancer, so I am more likely to get cancer.
17- No one in my family has had cancer, so that means I’m risk-free.
18- Hair dye use increases the risk of cancer.
19- Microwaving plastic containers and wraps release harmful, cancer-causing substances into food.
20- We put a man on the moon, so we should have cured cancer by now.
21- Regular checkups and today’s medical technology can detect all cancer early.
22- Undergoing cancer treatment means you can’t live at home, work or go about your usual activities.
23- Everyone with the same kind of cancer gets the same kind of treatment.
24- ‘Acidic’ diets cause cancer.
25- Cancer treatment kills more than it cures.