Lately it seems that every thing we do or eat causes cancer - or cures it. Everyone in the cancer community has an opinion, and it can be difficult to sift the fact from the fiction. Here are 14 cancer myths debunked.
A report published in CBS News stated that a 2002 study by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found there to be no link between the use of deodorants or antiperspirants and cancer.
While charred meat contains substances found to cause mutation in rodents, the levels necessary to cause cancer in humans would require outrageously high amount of BBQ that no one would normally eat. To cut down the risk, the National Cancer Institute advises you don't char your food, or if you do, cut those bits off.
According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on May 25, 2014, hair dye has no marked effect on the risk of cancer occurrence.
According to the National Cancer Institute, certain substances found in red wine, such as resveratrol, have anti-cancer properties, but clinical trials have not found resveratrol effective in preventing or treating cancer.
The National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society have categorically refuted the claim that wearing a bra could increase your risk of cancer.
The logic behind this popular myth is that cancer cells exist in an acidic environment, so by starving the cancer cells of acidity their growth can be curbed. There is no evidence that restricting what you eat can change the pH balance of the entire body and even if it did, that it would have such an effect on cancer, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Doctors at the Danish Cancer Society monitored 420,000 mobile phone users in Denmark from 1982 to 1995 and found no cancer link. There have been several follow-up studies since then, and none have found any evidence of a connection between mobile phone use and cancer.
There has been some concern about chemicals entering the water in a plastic bottle when exposed to heat, like in a hot car. According to Cancer Research UK, there is no evidence that this happens. Although harmful chemicals can be released when plastic is burned, it is unclear if these are even present in the plastic used in water bottles.
The only problem with sugar is that it causes weight gain, which in turn puts you at a higher risk for certain cancers but sugar itself does not directly affect cancer. According to Comprehensive Cancer Center Symptom Management and Supportive Care Program, Michigan Medicine, increased risk of cancer is not seen with sugar intake. Cancer risk may be related to how your body responds to sugar.
"Superfoods" like blueberries, green tea, garlic, etc. are great for your health but they do not have a major impact on cancer occurrence, according to a study funded by Cancer Research UK.
Multivitamins were found to have no effect on cardiovascular disease or cancer risk. If multivitamins are beneficial, the effect is too small to detect, according to the Annals of Internal Medicine Journal 2013.
Microwaves use high levels of radiofrequency radiations to heat up the food, but they do not make the food radioactive. When used according to instructions, there is no evidence that they pose a health risk, according to American Cancer Society.