Cancer mythbusters

There is a great roundup on Health-e of some of the work that is being done to combat cancer myths and stigma.

To mark World Cancer Day and its theme “Debunking the Myths,” Health-e looks at five cancer myths and what you need to know about them.

Some people believe that children cannot develop cancers. Due to this myth, CHOC estimates that only about 50% of childhood cancers are diagnosed each year. (file photo)

Some people believe that children cannot develop cancers. Due to this myth, CHOC estimates that only about 50% of childhood cancers are diagnosed each year. (file photo)

This year’s World Cancer Day theme, “Debunking the Myths,” hopes to battle some of the misconceptions about cancer that play a role in delays in screening and treatment.

“A common myth is that children do not get cancer and, if they do, only white children suffer from the disease,” said Francois Peenz, chief executive officer of the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation.

Because of this myth, Peenz estimates that only about half of all the child cancer patients in South Africa are diagnosed and treated each year.

Read more here

 

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