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13 Common Myths and Beliefs About Cancer

By on March 7, 2012 in Diseases, Health with 0 Comments

1.) “Is cancer contagious?”

Cancer is not contagious. No one can “catch or pass” cancer from another person.

2.) “They say that cancer occurs only in people with relatives who have or had cancer. Is cancer hereditary?” 

The cancer is not always hereditary. Most cancers occur in people who have relatives with cancer. However, some types of cancer do occur more often in certain families than in the rest of the population. For example, the following types of cancer sometimes occur in several members of a family:

  • Skin cancer (melanoma)
  • Breast cancer (breast)
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Colon cancer

3.) “If the cancer is removed by surgery or biopsy, is extended or water to other parts of the body?” 

Some people worry that surgery or biopsy to make cancer spread (shower or pass) the disease. This almost never happens. Surgeons use special methods and take many precautions to prevent cancer cells from spreading. For example, if they have to remove (removing) tissue from an area of ​​the body, they use different tools for each of the areas. So there is less chance that the cancer cells spread to healthy tissue.

Some people also worry that the cancer will spread through the air during surgery. This is not true. The air does not cause the cancer to spread or smear.

4.) “If a person is receiving cancer treatment, can he/she continue living at home, working, and participating in normal activities?” 

The cancer treatment affects people in different ways. How will you feel a particular person depends on their health status before treatment. Many cancer patients continue to work while receiving treatment. Their daily activities depend on the type of cancer they have, the stage of cancer, and type of treatment they receive.

5.) “Everyone with the same type of cancer have the same kind of treatment?”

The treatment your doctor recommends depends on the medical needs of each patient. For example:

  • The type of cancer the patient has
  • The area of ​​the body where cancer is located
  • How widespread (irrigated) the cancer is
  • The state of general health
  • Other factors

6.) “If I have cancer, I know because they feel pain. So I only get a cancer screening test if I feel any pain. right?”

You may feel or not feel pain if you have cancer. So even if you feel well, you should consult your doctor for a test to detect cancer. The cancer treatment works best when the disease is caught early.

7.) “I bumped into something and within a few days later I saw a bruise appeared. Are the bruises in the breasts produce breast cancer?”

Bumping or hurting the breast does not cause cancer. In general, doctors can not explain why some people get cancer and others do not. But clearly hurt the breasts does not increase the risk that a woman develops breast cancer (breast).

8.) “Can I have breast cancer if I do a lot of mammograms?”

Mammograms use X-ray quantities too small. Therefore, the risk of causing harm mammography is very low. In general, the benefits of regular mammograms outweigh the risks.

9.) “I take contraceptive pills. Does this mean I’m going to breast cancer?”

Recent studies show that young women who have taken birth control pills are at greater risk of developing breast cancer. The new birth control pills may present less risk than previous formulations.
10.) “The bra wires can cause breast cancer?”

Bra wires do not cause cancer. In general, doctors can not explain why some people develop cancer and others do not. But it is very clear that wearing bras or bras with rod does not increase the risk that a woman develops breast cancer.

11.) “I use deodorant and antiperspirant every day. Does this produce breast cancer?”

Currently no scientific research has shown that breast cancer is related to the use of deodorants or antiperspirants armpits.

12.) “Are there herbs that cure cancer?”

Some cancer patients take herbs (like cat’s claw, chaparral and Noni juice) with the hope that it will help cure cancer. But now scientific studies have not found any herb or herbal mixture to cure cancer.

Cancer patients who are taking or considering taking herbs should talk to their doctor. Some herbs may cause damage by themselves or when combined with common cancer treatments such as chemotherapy. In addition, some herbs can prevent other treatments or medications to work properly.

13. ) “Is a woman still a virgin after getting a Pap test?”

Many women who have not had sex want to know if they are still virgins after a Pap test. This test can be done without affecting virginity.



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