7 Cancer Myths Dispelled

Myths about the causes and prevention of cancer have been floating around for years. While some have been tame, there have been those that are downright outlandish and ridiculous.

1
Designer Lipsticks Cause Cancer

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The FDA regulates all cosmetics manufacturing. It is logical to think that if a lipstick contained an ingredient that is sure to cause cancer, like lead, it would be pulled from the shelves immediately. This email hoax is still popping up in inboxes and striking fear in women. It is a hoax and there is no brand of lipstick that can cause cancer.

2
Deodorant Causes Breast Cancer

There is no significant data that shows that wearing deodorant causes cancer, yet people are still buying into it. The suggestion is that a chemical is absorbed through the skin through a shaving nick or cut, and causes breast cancer. Again, there has been no significant study to support this claim.

3
Piercing Nipples Causes Breast Cancer

An injury to the breast or nipple cannot lead to cancer development, for both women and men. The only real medical risk factor for piercing the nipple is an infection.

4
Men Don't Get Breast Cancer

Just ask Richard Rountree, the star of Shaft, if men get breast cancer. Male breast cancer may be less common than breast cancer in females, but it does happen.

5
Fellatio Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

An email circulated with a link to what appeared to be a bonafide CNN news story claiming that a study found that women who performed fellatio reduced their risk of breast cancer. The truth is that there is no evidence that performing fellatio will reduce your risk of cancer.

6
Forwarding Emails Donates Money to Cancer Charities

The American Cancer Society, AOL, or any other major corporations do not rely on the use of email forwarding to make charitable contributions. The email sent usually contains the story of a child with cancer, perhaps with a photo, claiming that for every person you forward the email to the child will receive $.03 for treatment costs. Don't waste your time forwarding, folks. This is a cancer hoax and myth.

7
Big Pharma Is Hiding a Cancer Cure

Some believe that there is a cure for cancer, but drug companies wouldn't make money if it was released. If this was true, how come the family members of these drug company employees are still suffering from cancer? The likelihood of there being a general cure for all cancers is not realistic because they are caused by different factors. It is estimated that almost 30 percent of Americans believe this myth. 

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