Just the Facts M’am: The Top 10 Cancer Myths (cont’d)

by Dana Demas

Part 2 of a two-part series to give you the facts about cancer prevention and wellness.
(See Part 1)

Myth #5 - Skin cancer only develops on areas of the body exposed to the sun.
Melanoma can develop on parts of the body that get minimal or no sun exposure, like in between the toes, so routine check-ups of your entire body are important.

Myth #4 - One or two drinks a day will help reduce my cancer risk.
While one drink may be good for your heart, a large-scale study found that any alcohol consumption increased a woman’s risk of developing several types of cancer, including breast and liver.

Myth #3 - Cancer cells should always be removed from the body.
According to breast cancer pioneer, Dr. Susan Love, and other experts, many people have cancer cells in their bodies that do no harm. Routine screening guidelines attempt to balance the benefits of early detection against the risks of unnecessary treatment.

Myth #2 - Breast cancer is the #1 cause of death in women. 
Women are similar to men in the health concerns that matter most. Heart disease is the number one killer of both sexes. And each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

Myth #1 - After 30 years of research, we’re still losing the war on cancer.
People are living longer, better quality lives after cancer now than they did in 1975, four years after President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act. Most of this is the result of new drugs and treatments developed through cancer research, as well as better prevention efforts.