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Some things you should know about cancer

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Quick facts about cancer

Genetics

Many people believe that cancer runs in families and the only way to get cancer is because somebody else in the family has it. However, according to WebMd, doctors really don’t know why people get cancer. Only 1 in 20 cases of cancer is genetically linked while half the men and one third of the women in the USA will get some form of cancer in their lifetime. As you can see the numbers don’t add up.

http://www.webmd.com/cancer/rm-quiz-cancer-myths-facts?ecd=wnl_brc_020414&ctr=wnl-brc-020414_ld-stry&mb=KJec%2fBA4fsQpkPwUF7eLX%40HnVev1imbCi3TT5BXV3x0%3d

Heavy Drinking

Heavy drinking of any kind of alcohol including beer can put you at a higher risk for cancer. Men should limit themselves to two drinks a day while women should not drink more than one drink a day.

Artificial sweeteners

Although generally speaking new evidence shows that artificial sweeteners are not good for dieting, there is no present link known to connect artificial sweeteners and cancer.

Deodorants and antiperspirants

Another myth about cancer concerns deodorants and antiperspirants. No study to date has given sufficient proof that the use of deodorants and antiperspirants are linked to cancer.

Red meat and lunch meats

Red meat has been linked to cancer and lunch meats have been linked specifically to colon cancer. The researchers are not sure why lunch meats are linked to cancer but believe it could be the nitrates and food additives which is causing the damage.

Acupuncture

New evidence shows that acupuncture can ease the symptoms of nausea and vomiting which results from taking radiation and chemotherapy drugs for cancer.

Biopsies

Some people have a fear of biopsies because they believe taking a slice of tissue can cause cancer cells to spread. For the most part this does not happen. It has only been found that ovarian cancer biopsies can cause the cancer to spread. Therefore, doctors will remove the entire ovary rather than do a biopsy.

Exercising and diet

Exercising can help lower the risk of cancer. Also a good diet is important to help keep you safe.

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