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Myths about cancer you should no longer believe!

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Debunking cancer myths is essential for promoting understanding, support, and empowerment. Cancer is a formidable adversary that affects many lives. Since cancer is a complicated illness, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about it that can cause unneeded anxiety, denial of necessary treatment, and delays in diagnosis.

Myth 1: Dying from cancer is inevitable
Contrary to popular belief, there is still hope after being diagnosed with cancer. Many people with cancer successfully navigate life after treatment because of advances in medical technology and available treatments. For countless patients, early identification has greatly increased survival rates and quality of life when combined with extensive care and support networks.

Myth 2: Lung Cancer Solely Affects Smokers
Although smoking is still the greatest risk factor for lung cancer, it’s important to understand that people who do not smoke can also develop the disease. Lung cancer in nonsmokers is influenced by a number of factors, including genetic predispositions, environmental pollutants, and secondhand smoke exposure. By busting this myth, we can gain a greater understanding of the complexity of cancer and strive toward more all-encompassing preventative and therapeutic approaches.

Myth 3: It’s easy to spread cancer
Despite what many people think, cancer cannot be spread via touch or sharing utensils like the common cold. Recognising this truth is essential to reducing the stigma associated with cancer sufferers.

Myth 4: Cancer may be cured by superfoods
While eating a well-balanced, fruit- and vegetable-rich diet is clearly good for your health overall, it’s important to dispel the myth that any one meal or supplement will treat cancer.

(The author, Dr. Parikshith Jayaprakash, is the medical oncologist at Sunrise Oncology Centre.)
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