Busting Some Cancer Myths

Google the word “cancer” and you will find millions of web pages. A lot of the information about cancer is dangerously misleading and inaccurate.

When it comes to cancer, many myths get passed around by well-meaning friends and family members. Those myths often end up causing more stress for patients than they are already experiencing.

Because understanding your diagnosis is an essential part of moving forward with your treatment plan, here are 5 myths about cancer, debunked by your breast reconstruction experts in Austin.

1. Getting a biopsy makes cancer spread

There’s absolutely no evidence that doing a biopsy or removing the cancer will make it spread. When a tumor needs to be removed or tested, the process will not cause the cancer to grow. However, having it removed or tested is an important part of the treatment process.

2. Eating sugar causes cancer to grow

Eating a cookie or a piece of cake will not exacerbate your cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute, although research has shown that cancer cells consume more sugar (glucose) than normal cells, no studies have shown that eating sugar will make your cancer worse or that, if you stop eating sugar, your cancer will shrink or disappear.

Having cancer doesn’t mean you need to miss out on the little treats you enjoy.

3. You won’t need surgery if the tumor is solid

Surgery is always needed, if possible, with solid tumors. Even if other forms of treatment are used to shrink solid tumors or lower the chances of the cancer returning, surgery is used to remove them.

4. Chemotherapy always has bad side effects

While awful side effects were common when chemotherapy was first introduced, medical advancement in recent decades has helped to lower the risk of harmful effects.

5. A lump in your breast is always breast cancer

Finding a lump in your breast does not mean that you have breast cancer, but it should be checked by a doctor.

Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. But if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, it should never be ignored.

Wrong ideas about cancer can lead to needless worry and can even hinder good prevention and treatment decisions. If you have questions, feel free to get in touch with us at Breast Reconstruction Associates, your breast reconstruction experts in Austin.