Posted in: Cancer by Dr. Tarang Krishna
Cancer has so many debatable myths. Cancer Healer Center takes you through some of the common mistakes about cancer and the truth behind these myths. Read here.
- Will eating sugar make cancer worse?: No. However, the research says that cancer cells consume more glucose than normal cells, there are no studies to prove that eating sugar can make your cancer worse or quitting sugar can make the cancer disappear. However, a high-sugar diet may lead to excess weight gain and obesity is associated with an increased risk of developing various types of cancer.
- Cell phones, computers, and oven can cause cancer through radiation: People link radiation with cancer. But the fact is that the cell phones, computers and microwave ovens use low-frequency radio waves which do not damage your genes and cause cancer. The top oncologists in Mumbai and other places say there is a lot of background radiation but none has proved to cause cancer. However, one should be careful in areas with high radiation such as X-ray rooms and industrial sites.
- Does attitude determine risk of, or likely recovery from, cancer?: There is no convincing scientific evidence which links a person’s attitude to his or her risk of developing cancer. If you have cancer, it is normal to feel sad and angry. The best cancer doctors in India say people with a positive attitude may be more likely to maintain social connections and stay active, and physical activity and emotional support may help cope with cancer.
- Dyeing hair can cause cancer: This is a strange one according to many cancer care center. A part of this myth dates from studies done decades ago, when information on cancer causes was less common and certain chemicals were found to be cancerous in animal testing. Hence, most of the chemicals have been removed from hair dyes, and modern studies have found no increased risk of cancer in people who dye their hair.
- Only smoking leads to lung cancer: Smokers certainly have a higher risk of suffering from lung cancer, they aren’t the only ones. Your family history can affect your risk of getting lung cancer. Exposure to substances can increase the chances of developing lung cancer. Some lung cancer specialists in Delhi say it can be caused by scarring in the lung tissue due to previous illnesses.
- If you have clear family history of cancer, you are safe from it: As cancer is largely caused by genetic defects in DNA, many people believe that not having a family history makes it unlikely to develop cancer. Research suggests only 5-10% of cancer cases are caused by genetic mutations and remaining are caused by individual’s lifestyle and environment.
18 Dec, 2018