5 Cancer Myths Still Getting Passed Around Online

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.


Did God Give Me Cancer?

Zack Hunt, May 21, 2017

Huffington Post – You know, if I had known just how terrible chemotherapy would be, I never would have gotten cancer in the first place.

(It’s ok to laugh. That was a joke.)

But the amount of love and support, encouragement and prayers from friends and loved ones, long lost acquaintances and complete strangers has made life more than bearable.

It’s made life worth living, worth fighting for.

I am grateful beyond words for the myriad of ways kindness has been poured into my family’s life over the past few weeks. It’s a debt I doubt I will ever be able to fully repay, but will most certainly try.

I’m also grateful for what hasn’t been said.

In moments like this when someone we know is diagnosed with a horrible disease or when someone we love is taken from us tragically, we often and understandably find ourselves at a loss for words.

We know there’s nothing we can say that will offer the sort of deep peace and healing that is needed and yet we feel compelled to speak anyway because silence can be so terrifying and, unfortunately, as we fumble for what to say we sometimes end up compounding the pain instead of bringing the peace we hoped to give.

Whether it is through the inherent wisdom of my friends and family or some sort of prevenient grace, I was never told even once over the past few weeks that my cancer diagnosis happened for a reason or that it was somehow part of God’s plan, some sort of cruel plot device the divine decided to hurl my way for some mysterious purpose.

As I’ve said so many times already, I’m one of the lucky ones.

No one told me that God gave me cancer.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself, “Well, I would sure hope not. That would be awful. Who would ever say or even think such a think?” Read more. 


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