Mayo Clinic Staff – Scary claims circulate on the internet that everyday objects and products are secret cancer causes.
Beyond being wrong, many of these myths may cause you to worry unnecessarily about your own health and the health of your family.
Here, Timothy J. Moynihan, M.D., a cancer specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, takes a closer look at some popular myths about cancer causes and explains why they just aren’t true.
Myth: Antiperspirants or deodorants can cause breast cancer.
Fact: There’s no conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants with breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute and other research … read more.
Myth: Microwaving plastic containers and wraps releases harmful, cancer-causing substances into food.
Fact: Microwave-safe plastic containers and wraps are safe to use in the microwave.
But plastic containers not intended for use in the microwave could melt and potentially leak chemicals into your food.
Check to see that any container you use in the microwave is labeled as microwave-safe … read more.
Myth: People with cancer shouldn’t eat sugar, since it can cause cancer to grow faster.
Fact: Sugar doesn’t make cancer grow faster. All cells, including cancer cells, depend on blood sugar (glucose) for energy. But giving more sugar to cancer cells doesn’t speed their growth. Likewise, depriving cancer cells of sugar doesn’t slow their growth … read more.
Myth: Good people don’t get cancer.
Fact: In ancient times, illness was often viewed as punishment for bad actions or thoughts. In some cultures that view is still held.
If this were true, though, how would you explain the 6-month-old or the newborn who gets cancer? These little ones haven’t been bad.
There’s absolutely no evidence that you get cancer because you deserve it … read more.
Myth: Cancer is contagious.
Fact: There’s no need to avoid someone who has cancer. You can’t catch it. It’s OK to touch and spend time with someone who has cancer. In fact, your support may never be more valuable. Read more.