Myths on Cancer
What are myths?
A myth is a symbolic story usually of an origin which is not known and which is partly traditional, that appears to be true and relates to actual points from real life experience but is not even close to them. Myths are made up when somebody or some people fuel their imagination and come up with the so-called facts that have no proof behind them. In today’s world myths can mean a false and made up the story which is basically generating fear and misconceptions I the minds of people without any solid proof.
Myths may be related to cancer-
1. Personality: It was once believed by many people that certain persons with certain personality characteristics are more defenseless against cancer and that they are the quickest to catch cancer be it at any age. However research has exposed this myth to be false, but there are certain traits associated with the behavioral pattern of a person that can increase or lower the risk of cancer in that person.
2. Massages and Lymphoma: A myth suggests that a full body massage can spread lymphoma because the human body stimulates the lymphatic system tissues and organs that produce white blood cells that fight off various diseases and germs. This myth points out that mechanisms of massage can increase blood circulation and lymphatic flow, but there is literally no evidence that shows that lymphoma can spread from massages.
3. Fluoride: Fluoride is found in drinking water that is found in the drinking waters of 75 percent Americans. Fluoride is put in water to help reduce and prevent tooth decay. Research has proved that fluoride used in a specific amount can cause oral cancer in any way.
4. Pregnant women cannot get cancer: Word has spread from mouth to mouth that pregnant women cannot get affected by cancer.
5. Hair will never grow back after chemotherapy: With the image of a chemotherapy patient who has no hair is portrayed all the time it is not a long-lasting state. Most of the time the hair grows back when chemotherapy is completed.
6. Cancer will always come back: For the most part, it is highly unlikely that stage-1 and stage-2 will not come back. Even in later stages, there is hope it won’t return.
7. Chemotherapy always has bad side effects: While there were bad side effects while chemotherapy was first introduced, but over the decades with recent advancement in the medical field has lowered the risk of side effects.
8. Surgery will not be needed if the tumor is not solid: This is not true. Surgery is always needed even if other forms of treatment are used shrink the tumor surgery will be needed to remove them.
9. Skin cancer is color blind: This is not the case. Studies have shown that people with fair skin have a greater risk of developing skin cancer than those who don’t. Also, those with blonde or red hair or green or blue eyes or easily burnt or freckled skin types are at a higher risk of cancer than the others.
10. Oral cancer is rare: Studies have shown that the number of people were detected with oral cancer in the U.S in 2017 than people with cervix or stomach cancer.
11. Only smokers get oral cancer: Usage of nicotine and tobacco are the major cause for the widespread of tobacco, but cancer can still be developed even if the person is not a smoker. Drinking alcohol or chewing betel quid can still increase the risk of oral cancer manifolds.
12. Hair dye causes brain cancer: For many times people used to think that hair dye causes several different cancers like breast and bladder cancer and also brain tumor, but studies have shown recently that hair dyeing does not cause any kind of cancer and neither does it causes brain cancer.
13. Cancer is genetic: This is one of the biggest myth that has been circulating among people. Research has shown that more than half of the cancers can be prevented and less than 5 percent of all cancers have a genetic connection.
14. People with cancer should always take rest: While proper rest is definitely necessary for the body to remain healthy and fit but experts warn against complete isolation and inactivity which can lead to increased fatigue and a weaken immune system and also cause depression.