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Cancer Myths Debunked

Posted 5/14/2014

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  I love this article from a group called Cancer Research UK. It is straight-forward, clear, and hard hitting about many myths that circulate widely about cancer. I will confess that I tend to feel positively about many things from the UK. I was raised with the same "stiff upper lip" mentality, love the sardonic humor, and can't get enough of the history and literature. I remember being at a movie with my grandmother back in the days when a newsreel was shown before the main feature. This clip included something about Queen Elizabeth, and my hard of hearing Gramma announced loudly to the whole theater that: "I love the Queen." But I digress.

  Perhaps we can blame the internet for the long life of these myths. They just don't seem to disappear, and I hear several of them, with concern, regularly from women in my office. I am especially glad to see the truth about the "sugar causes cancer" rumor; I will quote from it below.

  Here is an excerpt and then a link:

Don’t believe the hype – 10 persistent cancer myths debunked

Google ‘cancer’ and you’ll be faced with millions of web pages. And the number of YouTube videos you find if you look up ‘cancer cure’ is similarly vast.
The problem is that much of the information out there is at best inaccurate, or at worst dangerously misleading. There are plenty of evidence-based, easy to understand pages about cancer, but there are just as many, if not more, pages spreading myths.
And it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction, as much of the inaccurate information looks and sounds perfectly plausible. But if you scratch the surface and look at the evidence, many continually perpetuated ‘truths’ become unstuck.
In this post, we want to set the record straight on 10 cancer myths we regularly encounter. Driven by the evidence, not by rhetoric or anecdote, we describe what the reality of research actually shows to be true.

Google ‘cancer’ and you’ll be faced with millions of web pages. And the number of YouTube videos you find if you look up ‘cancer cure’ is similarly vast. The problem is that much of the information out there is at best inaccurate, or at worst dangerously misleading. There are plenty of evidence-based, easy to understand pages about cancer, but there are just as many, if not more, pages spreading myths. And it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction, as much of the inaccurate information looks and sounds perfectly plausible. But if you scratch the surface and look at the evidence, many continually perpetuated ‘truths’ become unstuck. In this post, we want to set the record straight on 10 cancer myths we regularly encounter. Driven by the evidence, not by rhetoric or anecdote, we describe what the reality of research actually shows to be true.

Myth 4: Cancer has a sweet tooth
Another idea we see a lot is that sugar apparently ‘feeds cancer cells’, suggesting that it should be
completely banished from a patient’s diet. This is an unhelpful oversimplification of a highly complex area
that we’re only just starting to understand.
‘Sugar’ is a catch-all term. It refers to a range of molecules including simple sugars found in plants,
glucose and fructose. The white stuff in the bowl on your table is called sucrose and is made from
glucose and fructose stuck together. All sugars are carbohydrates, commonly known as carbs –
molecules made from carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.

http://scienceblog.cancerresearchuk.org/2014/03/24/dont-believe-the-hype-10-persistent-cancer-myths-debunked/

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