CANSA on Cancer Myths
CANSA Protects Those Affected by Cancer
We are aware that facing a cancer diagnosis can be devastating – those faced with a diagnosis and their loved ones are often desperate for a cure. Unfortunately, there are many myths doing the rounds regarding possible cures and treatments which are not based on scientific evidence. This gives loved ones and cancer patients false hope.
Here CANSA’s Research Department responds to these cancer myths to help protect the public – see posts to the right or below.
Please also remember that CANSA receives no funds from pharmaceutical companies or treatment and is therefore not biased with regards to our response. Our findings are based on scientific evidence. We also respect the fact that cancer patients have the right to investigate all treatment options.
Helping You Identify Myths:
As long as there are aspects of the cancer puzzle that have not been solved, there will be myths, untruths, quack remedies and unscientific approaches with regards to the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.
Often it is difficult to distinguish between Fact and Myth – myths often contain a few facts which are distorted and this makes it even more confusing. The following websites are a good source of information when evaluating potential myths: www.quackwatch.com | www.urbanlegends.about.com
- “CANSA on Common Myths”document: English | Afrikaans
- Read 2014 WCD eNewsletter: ‘Play Your Part – Get the Truth About Cancer”
- Read “Get the Facts on World Cancer Day 2013”
We appeal to you to share this information with others so that unnecessary heartache can be avoided. If you are aware of a potential myth doing the rounds, please inform us, so that we can investigate it and respond.
Quick Guide: CANSA Verdict on Myths
Has Cancer Touched Your Life?
Cancer affects one in four South Africans, through diagnosis of family, friends, colleagues or self.
We want you to know that you are not alone and that we would like to support you and your loved ones, regardless of how cancer has touched your life.
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