Don’t believe these common myths about cancer


Don’t believe these common myths about cancer
Radiotherapy Machine at Kenyatta National Hospital.

In Summary

  • The cause and cure for cancer may remain a mystery to many but it is wrong to claim that there is no progress in fighting the disease.
  • Many organisations in Kenya offer relevant information to the public in an effort to fight the disease.
  • Furthermore, having the month of October dedicated to the fight against cancer that is progress.

Cancer is that enemy you lose words trying to describe. It is not a respecter of age, gender, social status or even lineage. It strikes when it is least expected and doesn’t discriminate which part of the body to devour.

Due to the mystery surrounding this disease, people have come up with myths and misconceptions about it due to fear, ignorance or lack of knowledge. Some of the myths and misconceptions include:

Cancer Is a Death Sentence

Finding out you have cancer may scare you and the news may break your heart but it doesn’t mean that you are going to die.

The Internet is filled with testimonies of people who have fought cancer and survived. They include not just celebrities but also ordinary people like Sam Wario who fought the disease for many years and overcame.

However, this does not mean that chemotherapy, radiotherapy and in some cases surgery is a walk in the park. The journey to healing may be tough but you can surely survive it.

There’s a miracle cancer cure

Trust some unscrupulous people to see opportunities to make money, even off unfortunate situations.

You should not be surprised to see videos on YouTube and personal anecdotes of people claiming they can cure cancer through the use of plants such as cannabis and coffee enema.

Although you may believe that miracles exist, it is advisable to follow the common procedures and keep undergoing treatment unless declared cancer free by a professional doctor.

Men can’t get breast cancer

Breast cancer may be commonly associated with women but men are also susceptible to the disease and should therefore not dismiss signs and symptoms of the disease.

It is advisable for men to go for screening just as many times as it is recommended for women.

Cancer is Contagious

This is a big no. You should not be scared of or avoid someone ailing from the disease for fear of contracting it.

In fact, your support and encouragement can be very valuable to the patient.

However, some viruses such as Hepatitis B or C, which can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, can cause liver cancer.

Ensure you consult your doctor on how best to protect yourself from such viruses.

Antiperspirants and hair dyes causes cancer

There is no evidence linking antiperspirants, hair dyes and deodorants to cancer but you should be careful about the products you apply to your body, cancer is not the only disease to fight, remember?

Some products contain chemicals that may be harmful to your health so be choosy and careful when buying them.

There’s No Progress in Fighting Cancer

The cause and cure for cancer may remain a mystery to many but it is wrong to claim that there is no progress in fighting the disease.

Many organisations in Kenya offer relevant information to the public in an effort to fight the disease.

Furthermore, having the month of October dedicated to the fight against cancer that is progress.

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