Cancer, one of the most feared and loathed words in the English language, is also one that’s associated with a lot of false information. Here are some conclusions, thoughts, and myth-debunking facts on cancer, which is known medically as malignant neoplasm.
First of all, many people have the notion that cancer is one big disease that can simply invade several different body parts. In reality, cancer is a large group of different diseases. If someone found the long-awaited “cure for cancer,” it would likely only be for one of these many different diseases, and the other types of cancer would have no cure. In fact, there have been cures developed for a few types of cancer. To find a blanket cure for all cancers would be like finding a cure for all infectious diseases at one time. That doesn’t mean that scientists should stop seeking a cure for each type of cancer, of course, but we shouldn’t be misinformed on the topic.
There’s also a myth that cancer started to really develop within the last few centuries as the world has become more industrialized. Actually, it is not strictly a modern disease at all. Apparently cancer has existed about as long as mankind has existed. We have a written record of breast cancer from 3000 BC that was written by an Egyptian by the name of Edwin Smith Papyrus.
Perhaps the one myth about cancer that is most damaging and deadly, though, is that alternative therapies can be just as effective as medical treatments. Modern cancer treatments are improving, but they have a long way to go. However, “alternative medicine” is, in truth, something that has never been proven to be effective. If they could prove it, they would. There is big money to be made in such a situation. It’s alternative because it cannot be proven. While you may indulge in such things as complimentary to true medical treatment for a disease, only do so under your medical doctor’s supervision and with his approval. It could be dangerous and deadly. People die every year from believing the false claims of “alternative medicine” from quacks out to make money even if it means exploiting the ill or from those who mean well but simply do not understand the ineffectiveness of such treatments, many of which have been proven to be ineffective, yet are still promoted as effective.