Scientists Disproved 12 Delusions About Cancer That Caused People to Change Their Lifestyle

The National Cancer Institute reviewed recent facts regarding cancer research and focused on some of the most common misconceptions.

Can deodorant really influence our health? Is it safe to live near an electrical power station? Today we're going to get to the bottom of some common fallacies.

To set you free from old scientific theories, Bright Side gathered 12 facts that will shed some light on the matter.

12. Do large amounts of sugar consumption promote cancer development?

No. But it's proven that cancer cells consume more glucose than normal ones. There is no data that proves that sweets lead to cancer. And there is no data proving that refusing to consume sugar contributes to recovery.

11. Do artificial sweeteners cause oncological diseases?

No. Some research on saccharin safety showed the consumption of these products doesn't cause cancer. All sweeteners are approved by the FDA.

10. Can stress lead to cancer?

The emotional mood of any sick person is unstable. Optimists stay active and keep in touch with the world and it helps them cope with their disease. There is no information that can prove a relation between one's emotional state and the risk of cancer development.

9. Does electromagnetic radiation cause oncological diseases?

According to the latest research, the answer is, "No." The walls of your house are enough to protect you from electromagnetic radiation.

8. Can cancer be inherited?

Only 5-10% of cancer diseases develop as a result of mutations that are passed to further generations. The other 90-95% of cancer diseases occur because of mutations that are related to aging or the influence of environmental factors.

7. Can deodorant and antiperspirant cause breast cancer?

No. Substances in deodorant and antiperspirant don't affect changes in the breast tissue.

6. Can your diet influence cancer development?

Recent research showed that if you change your diet and start eating more vegetables and fruits, the probability of the development of malignant tumors declines by 80%.

5. Does hair dye cause cancer?

There is no data showing that hair dye increases the risk of cancer development. But some research demonstrates that hairdressers that work with hair dye a lot are more likely to get bladder cancer.

4. Are plant-based folk remedies able to treat cancer?

No. Some medications can help people cope with the side effects of cancer treatment. There is no research that shows that herbal medicine can treat cancer.

3. Do cell phones cause cancer?

it's not confirmed by any scientific research. Cancer causes gene mutation, and a cell phone's low-frequency radiation can't affect a genome.

2. Can a biopsy or a tumor removal cause malignant cells to spread?

Such a probability is rather small. To avoid any risks, surgeons follow strict rules and special procedures. A study of more than 2,000 patients in Mayo Clinic has dispelled this myth.

1. Is cancer a contagious disease?

Cancer isn't contagious. It can be transmitted from one person to another only in one case: during organ and tissue transplantation.

What do you think about these facts? Share your thoughts with us.

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