It is true that cancer kills hundreds of thousands of people annually, but, the likelihood of a person dying from cancer has steadily decreased since the 1990s. Additionally, the five-year survival rates for cancers such as prostate, thyroid, and breast, are now over 90 percent. For all types, it is around 66 percent.How long a particular cancer patient will live beyond diagnosis or how likely it is that they will survive depends on several factors.
Misconceptions about cancer
Sugar makes cancer worse
While research has demonstrated that cancer cells do consume more glucose than normal cells, no studies have concluded that eating sugar would make it worse, or that removing sugar from one’s diet will make it better. Changing your sugar habits does not have an impact on cancer itself. However, a high sugar diet is bad for overall health. It may contribute to excessive weight gain, and obesity carries a greater risk of developing various cancers. For a healthier lifestyle, it is best to keep your sugar intake minimal.
Artificial sweeteners cause cancer
We all remember that cancer warning on Sweet ‘n’ Low (now removed) about it causing cancer in laboratory animals. Specifically, early studies showed that cyclamate in combination with saccharin caused bladder cancer. However, later studies of these sweeteners have NOT provided clear evidence of a correlation between using artificial sweeteners and developing cancer.
Cancer is contagious
We can all agree that there are very ridiculous misconceptions about cancer, but this one tops them all. It’s quite clear that those who believe in cancer being contagious, are igorant and paranoid. The fact is that cancer is not a contagious disease.
Herbal remedies to cure cancer
While some studies suggest an alternative or complementary therapies may help patients deal with cancer treatment side effects, no herbal products have been shown to be an effective cancer treatment. Some may even be harmful if taken during radiation therapy or chemotherapy. It’s always best for a cancer patient to discuss alternative avenues before starting to use them.Many people also feel that having a positive attitude promotes good health and decreases the risk of developing cancer. Likewise, a positive attitude would help a patient more successfully fight cancer. While the research shows that there is no convincing scientific evidence to support this theory, we still believe staying positive is the best attitude to have. Just because there is no physical evidence that it helps does not mean a person won’t benefit from having a positive outlook.
You cannot get cancer from being sneezed on by someone with cancer
The only circumstance where cancer would spread from one person to another is an organ or tissue transplant from someone who had cancer in the past. However, the risk of developing cancer in this situation is extremely low, and doctors avoid the use of tissue or organs from donors who have a history of cancer.