Cancer myths, and debunking

Via Jeanne Sather, we have…

The Assertive Cancer Patient : Sunday: More Cancer Myths.

My personal favorite debunking is that of

Cancer Myth 1: The risk of dying from cancer in the United States is increasing.

Respondents Who Agreed: 68 percent

Origin of Myth: Many people believe that their risk for cancer is growing because cancer figures are sometimes reported out of context. The actual number of people who are diagnosed and who die of cancer each year has indeed grown — because the U.S. population is growing larger, and is aging. Cancer is more common among the elderly, so more cases are to be expected as the average age of the U.S. population increases. A closer look at the numbers by age group shows the cancer risk for Americans is actually dropping.

Reality: The risk of being diagnosed with cancer and the risk of dying of cancer have decreased since the early 1990s.

I think that it’s my favorite because it debunks the seemingly normal fear that we all have of “It’s gonna come back!” I think that’s a bugaboo that nearly all recovering cancer patients have

One thought on “Cancer myths, and debunking

  1. Yes. It gets better over time, but I’ve found an ache or pain can bring the fear back, just when I thought I was over being afraid.

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