Every day the news is full of new studies proving or disproving one thing or another. Eggs are the greatest! No they aren’t. Drink more wine! Stop drinking wine. These drugs cure everything! Oh, those drugs cause problems. What to believe is hard to know for sure; however according to the American Cancer Society, there are 5 things we can know without doubt.
From the American Cancer Society’s webpage:
1) The risk of dying of cancer in the U.S. is not increasing. In fact, the age-standardized cancer death rate has been decreasing since the early 1990s, and the 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers combined has improved steadily over the last 30 years.
2) Living in a polluted city is not a greater risk for lung cancer than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. Air pollution is actually far less likely to cause lung cancer than smoking cigarettes. Being a smoker, or even being frequently exposed to second hand smoke is more dangerous than the level of air pollution encountered in US cities. In fact, about 87% of lung cancers are thought to result from smoking or passive exposure to tobacco smoke.
3) Electronic devices, like cell phones, cannot cause cancer. In a recent study, cell phone users did not have a higher risk of brain or central nervous system cancers, salivary gland tumors, eye tumors, or leukemia. This was true even for people who had used cell phones for longer than 10 years. In fact, these long-term users appeared to have a lower risk of brain cancer.
4) Personal hygiene products, like shampoo, deodorant, and antiperspirants, cannot cause cancer. In fact, a carefully-designed epidemiologic study of this issue compared 813 women with breast cancer and 793 women without the disease found no relationship between breast cancer risk and antiperspirant use, deodorant use, or underarm shaving.
5) Underwire bras and breast implants cannot cause breast cancer. Two anthropologists made this association in a book called Dressed to Kill. Their study was not conducted according to standard principles of epidemiological research and did not take into consideration other variables, including known risk factors for breast cancer. Silicone breast implants can cause scar tissue to form in the breast. But studies have found that this does not increase breast cancer risk. If you have breast implants, you might need special x-ray pictures during mammograms. For information on breast self-exams, click HERE.