Killing common myths about cancer
Cancer is a feared and dreaded disease for many. It has also given rise to plenty of myths on how it’s contracted and spread. However, you don’t have to believe everything that you hear and get alarmed. Here’s a look at some common myths. We unravel the truth and untruth in them for you.
Microwaving plastic containers and wraps causes cancer
This is a big myth that has been going around. When you use microwave safe plastic, you do not have to worry about chemicals leaching into food. Avoid the use of plastic meant to be used in the microwave, such as margarine tubs, takeout containers and whipped topping bowls.
Sugar makes cancer grow faster
This is completely untrue. Sugar definitely has no link with cancer growing faster. It’s not just cancer cells but all cells that require blood sugar (glucose) for energy. When you provide excess sugar to cancer cells, this does not speed their growth. In the same way, when you cut down sugar this does not slow down the growth of cancer cells.
Cancer is contagious
Cancer is not contagious by touching someone or eating with them. However, in some cases, viruses can transmit cancer. For instance, Human papillomavirus (HPV) which is a sexually transmitted infection may cause cancer. Hepatitis B or C comprises of viruses which can spread through sexual intercourse of infected IV needles and this may cause liver cancer.
Antiperspirants and deos cause breast cancer
So far, there is no conclusive evidence to state that underarm antiperspirants or deodorants cause breast cancer. There is the fact that aluminum compounds and parabens could get absorbed through the skin or get inside the body via nicks caused by shaving but still this does not mean that these antiperspirants and deos cause cancer.