If you or a loved one is facing a cancer diagnosis, you may have begun researching information about the type of cancer, its treatment and survival rates. Just like the diagnosis itself, the information can be overwhelming and confusing, especially when so many articles are inaccurate or even misleading.
Distinguishing the facts from the myths will help you find credible sources of information so you can follow a clear path for your cancer care.
Common cancer myths
Inaccurate cancer information can be dangerous. Not only can it cause needless worry, it can hinder decisions about prevention and treatment. Below are just a few of the cancer myths making their way around the Internet.
Cancer Myth: Cancer is a death sentence
- In the U.S., the likelihood of dying from cancer has consistently decreased since the 1990s.
- Five-year survival rates for breast, prostate and thyroid cancers now exceed 90 percent.
- The five-year survival rate for all cancers combined is currently about 66 percent.
Today, with advanced treatments, research and clinical trials, there is real hope for overcoming cancer.
Cancer Myth: Superfoods prevent cancer
- While the term “superfood” is popular in the media, it can be misleading. Because of the complexity of cancer and the human body, linking a specific food to a lowered cancer risk is nearly impossible.
- However, eating a mix of vegetables is beneficial, and in fact, some foods in combination may even help the body absorb nutrients.
- Evidence and research show that the best ways to reduce cancer risk include adopting healthy, long-term behaviors such as not smoking, maintaining a healthy body weight and limiting alcohol consumption.
Cancer Myth: Surgery causes cancer to spread
- Surgery is often the first and most important treatment for cancer.
- People often feel worse during recovery than they did before surgery; fueling the belief that surgery aggravated the cancer.
- Surgery may reveal a more advanced state of cancer than first detected, which may cause people to think surgery caused the cancer to spread.
Cancer Myth: Cell phones cause cancer
- Cancer is caused by genetic mutations.
- Cell phones emit a low-frequency energy that does not damage genes.
For more information, click here to view the National Cancer Institute fact sheet.
Cancer care excellence is close to home
When facing a cancer diagnosis, the most important care is accessible, advanced care. You’ll find it across the five locations at HOPE Cancer Center of East Texas. For more than 30 years, our compassionate, double- and triple-board certified doctors have been committed to providing the highest standard of care for cancer and blood disorders.
No matter the type of cancer, we have the experienced, leading-edge care and advanced resources to help you fight it. To schedule an appointment, call 903.592.6152 or click here to find a HOPE location near you.