Hope these most common cancer myths debunked will make you think twice before doing potentially risky thinks. But, first of all, let us remind you that smoking IS very, very bad for your health in general, and may actually cause cancer.
Cancer myths debunked one by one
#1: Cell phones and sweeteners cause cancer
In fact, there is no evidence that phones and sweeteners are associated with human cancer. The myth about sweeteners comes from studies conducted on animals in the 70’s, but human beings have nothing to do with it. What about phones? The FDA and the WHO say they won’t make you sick.
#2: People with dark skin cannot get skin cancer
White skin really increases your chances of getting melanoma, or other types of skin cancer. But its shade itself does not give immunity. Moreover, doctors often diagnose patients with darker skin at later stages.
#3: Excess weight cannot lead to cancer
Unfortunately, according to the American Cancer Society, excess weight plays a role in every fifth death from cancer. Particularly, it increases the risk of colorectal cancer, kidney cancer, and prostate cancer.
#4: You cannot get it from another person
Surely, no one can transmit cancer itself. But what about transmitted viruses associated with cancer? For example, human papillomavirus (HPV) may lead to cancer.
#5: Tanning activator protects against skin cancer
Sorry, but so-called healthy tan doesn’t exist. Any kind of UV radiation,no matter where you get it, under the sun or in solarium, increases the risk of cancer. In addition, tanning activator has minimal UV protection, about SPF 3.
#6: Your family history is the key
If someone in your family had or has cancer, you are not necessarily likely to get it, too. On the other hand, if no one in your family has had cancer, that doesn’t mean you are totally risk-free. Sounds really scary, but the most recent data suggests that about 40 percent of men and women all over the world will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lives.