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Know the Facts re Cancer Myths

Know the Facts re Cancer Myths

Afrikaanse Persvrystelling

26 January 2013: Monday 4th February 2013, marks World Cancer Day and CANSA will focus on dispelling damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer by sharing a list of common myths with the correct facts. World Cancer Day takes place every year and is the singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic that kills more people than TB, AIDS and Malaria combined. It’s a chance for CANSA to raise awareness and improve general knowledge around cancer and dismiss some misconceptions about the disease.

As more than 30% of cancers can be prevented, it’s important to make people aware of the risk factors and ways to reduce the cancer risk. “So many South Africans have preconceived ideas of what cancer is and whom it affects, and we want to change that. It’s very important for the public to know the truth about the disease,” says CANSA CEO Sue Janse van Rensburg, a cancer survivor of almost 30 years. It’s fear and ignorance that causes cancer to become a bigger problem than it needs to be. “One of the biggest myths we are faced with, is that cancer is a death sentence. I want to assure you that it isn’t,” continues Janse van Rensburg.  The truth to the myth ‘Cancer is a death sentence’ is that many cancers that were once considered a death sentence – can now be treated and managed more effectively and even be cured. Cancer can be prevented and treated more effectively if diagnosed early. Be sure to make smart choices and go for regular screening. Read more…

Janse van Rensburg concludes “There are many more other myths, we’re aware that those facing a cancer diagnosis and their loved ones are often desperate for a cure. Unfortunately, there are many myths doing the rounds regarding possible cures and treatments that are not based on scientific evidence. This gives loved ones and cancer patients false hope.”

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