One of the deadliest diseases that we humans can ever suffer from is the big “C,” that is, cancer. Cancer is a very harsh disease because it involves a lot of pain and suffering. Additionally, given that the cancer cells often multiply and spread, it is extremely difficult to treat and control them. However, we have now made enough progress in the field of medicine to successfully treat a number of types of cancer and even completely eradicate quite a few types of tumors.
Because cancer is such a harsh and deadly disease, a lot of myths and misconceptions surround it. So, let us clear up some facts relating to cancer.
Facts about cancer
- Do not consider it to be a stigma
Dealing with cancer is difficult; add to that the stigma associated with it, especially in some societies, settings, and cultures. Women especially associate a stigma with the disease and do not tend to talk about it openly. In fact, talking about the disease openly can play a big part in helping to change attitudes towards the disease. Additionally, the outcomes can improve on an individual level as well as a community level if the disease is spoken out about. Speaking openly about cancer can also encourage positive policy making. In fact, speaking openly about cancer can help prevent the disease or detect it in the early stages, thus making it easier to treat the cancer rather than suffering from the consequences.
- Cancer does have its own signs and symptoms
Most are of the belief that cancer has no signs and symptoms as compared to other diseases. However, cancer has its own set of warning signs that need to be heeded in time for early detection and prevention. This requires awareness about the disease along with routine checkups and screenings that will provide early diagnosis. Knowledge regarding the early signs of cancer can also help save lives.
- It is a misbelief that nothing can be done to treat or prevent cancer
Many are of the opinion that once cancer is detected nothing can be done or, relatedly, that nothing can be done to prevent cancer. That is far from the truth as a lot can be done on an individual, community, and policy level that will help prevent cancer.
Making lifestyle changes, such as eating right, cutting out smoking tobacco or any other substance completely, exercising to maintain a healthy weight, working in the right environment, and getting regular checkups and screenings can prevent quite a few types of cancer.
- Cancer care is for everyone
Many sufferers, especially in developing and poor countries or those belonging to the lower income strata of families, often feel that developing cancer is the end of life since they cannot afford treatment or care. However, cancer care is for everyone and all those suffering have the equal right to treatment as well as related care services.
Women are especially susceptible to cancers such as breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, lung cancer, and colon cancer. Knowing these facts will help clear the air about some common myths related to cancer and its subsequent treatment.