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HomeMedical Information Cancer7 cancer myths you should beware of

7 cancer myths you should beware of

By: Medix Team
7 cancer myths you should beware of

There's no way you've never heard one of these cancer myths. Does that make them true or are you worrying for naught?


Researchers at the American Institute of Cancer Research say that no concrete evidence is available to support the connection between deodorants and breast cancer. A literature review from 2014 on the effects of the aluminum in deodorants found no clear connection to breast cancer. A cohort study in 2003 checked armpit shaving and deodorant use among 437 recovered cancer patients. They explained that they were diagnosed at a young age when they used to regularly shave and use deodorants immediately afterwards. However, seeing as this study was retrospective, its results are inconclusive. In addition, previous studies of 813 women with cancer compared with 793 without did not find deodorant use as a predictive factor for cancer.  The institute stresses that further research is required in order to clarify the topic.


Heating Plastic Containers in the Microwave

This one is simple; containers that are marked as microwave safe (usually a small picture of a microwave) are in fact safe. Containers that aren't meant to be heated in a microwave can melt, causing chemicals the leak into your food. So, check your containers before use.

What about radiation? Microwaves are manufactured with an effective seal that greatly reduces radiation to the point that it is untraceable.


Underwire Bras

Underwire bras compress the lymph system in the chest and cause an accumulation of toxins, causing breast cancer, or so the argument goes. This argument is scientifically baseless. Neither the type of bra nor its tightness have anything to do with breast cancer risk.


Hair Dye

There is no proof that dying one's hair increases the risk of cancer. However, there are studies that show that hairdressers that are frequently exposed to large amounts of dye and other chemicals may be at higher risk of bladder cancer.


Power Lines

Despite scientific testimony regarding increased risk of Leukemia among children that lived nearby high-voltage power lines, no causal connection between the two has been proven. Studies focused on Leukemia and brain cancer because it is the most common form of cancer among children. These studies checked for proximity to power lines and the amount of exposure parents had to electromagnetic fields, however results did not conclusively show a connection between cancer incidence and the factors checked. In any event, researchers agree that the risk of Leukemia as a result of power line exposure is extremely low seeing as most households are exposed to only minimal amounts of electromagnetic fields.


Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners do not cause cancer. The reason this concern arose is because of early studies on animals in which some combination of sweeteners caused bladder cancer. Later studies showed that no similar effect exists for humans. A similar progression was followed in studies on aspartame.


It's Contagious

Spending time near and touching cancer patients is fine, they aren't contagious. In fact, that is probably the time that they need you most.

Although cancer isn't contagious, there are contagious viruses that increase the risk of cancer. The Papilloma Virus and Hepatitis B and C are contagious and can be transmitted through sexual intercourse or dirty needles and may cause liver cancer.

The only case in which cancer can be transferred from one person to another is through a transplant. Someone receiving an organ or tissue from another person who had cancer is at higher risk of contracting cancer. However even in such a case, the risk is low, approximately 2 cases out of 10,000 transplants.    

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