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Debunking six common cancer myths


Cancer is one of the world's most-feared diseases. Fear and ignorance have led to many myths around cancer.

Debunking some common cancer myths

Myth 1 - Cancer is incurable: Cancer is not a fatal disease if diagnosed at an early stage. With early detection and proper information, effective treatment can drastically increase the probability of recovery and survival. In the last few decades, advances have been made across all stages of treatment - prevention, screening and medicine.

Myth 2 - Cancer is a man-made, modern disease: Lifestyle changes, diet, air pollution and smoking have a huge impact on cancer, but they are not the sole causes of the disease. Researchers have discovered signs of cancer in skeletons over 3,000-year old and believe that cancer has existed for thousands of years.

Myth 3 - Cancer is hereditary and contagious: Cancers are caused by the genetic changes that a human body undergoes and not due to hereditary factors. Also, there is no proof that cancer spreads from one person to another.

Myth 4 - Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer: No scientific evidence has been found about chemicals in antiperspirants causing cancer. Another common myth around underwire brassieres causing breast cancer hasn’t been validated by medical research.

Myth 5 - Undergoing cancer treatment means you can't live at home, work or go about your usual activities: When the cancer is detected early, patients are mostly treated on an outpatient basis. This means you need to visit the hospital only for chemotherapy sessions and subsequent check-ups. Alongside, you can go on with your day-to-day activities with certain prescribed dietary changes and reduced strenuous physical or mental activities.

Myth 6 - Cancer treatment is not covered by insurance: People fear that an insurance company will not cover the treatment cost. That is not true. A suitable Cancer insurance plan is vital for proactive medical financial planning. It will ensure that if any illness or medical emergency were to arise, there will be no financial burden on the patient or the family.

Max Life Cancer Insurance Plan (UIN- 104N093V02)- A Non-Linked Non-Participating Insurance Plan. Benefits defined under the plan are payable only on diagnosis of Cancer as specified. There is no maturity or surrender benefit available under the plan.

1) The information in this article has been collected through secondary research and Max Life Insurance Company Limited is not responsible for the accuracy of the content
2) This information is provided for general knowledge only. Kindly consult your doctor/physician for any specific queries


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