Testicular cancer will end your sex life

Fact: Once cured from the disease you can have a normal sex live

Tight underpants cause testicular cancer.

Fact: It only causes discomfort.

 Prostate cancer is an old man’s disease.

Fact: While it may be true that the older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, the fact remains that 35% of those diagnosed, or more than 76 000 each year, are diagnosed at an earlier age.

A high PSA score means you have prostate cancer

Fact: Not necessarily. Your PSA could be high due to an enlarged prostate or inflammation in your prostate.

Testicular cancer will end your sex life

Fact: In the majority of testicular cancer cases, only one testicle is removed. The man will not notice any changes to his sex drive or ability to have children. With the removal of both testicles, however, a man does become sterile and is much more likely to lose interest in sex. Hormonal injections may at least take care of issues with sex drive.

Cancer is a disease of the wealthy and developed countries

Fact: Anyone can get cancer, no matter who you are or where you live.

Cancer is a death sentence

Fact: If detected early, the cancer can be cured.

Masturbation causes testicular or prostate cancer.

Fact: It actually reduces the risk of testicular and prostate cancer.

 Women have prostates but they don´t cause as much trouble.

Fact: A survey found that over 50% of men believe women have prostates. But it´s FALSE, which is great news, otherwise more people might have to get up in the middle of the night for a pee!

 Vasectomies cause prostate cancer

Fact: Having a vasectomy was once thought to increase a man’s risk. This issue has since been carefully researched by epidemiologists. Vasectomy has not been linked to increasing a man’s chance of getting prostate cancer but has led to the prostate being checked by the urologist MORE OFTEN, and prostate cancer consequently being detected in the clinic.

 Surgery causes testicular cancer to spread.

Fact: Surgery is usually done to prevent cancer from spreading.

An undescended testicle will become cancerous.

Fact: In patients with undescended testicles, the risk of developing this disease is almost 40 – 100 times greater than the general population; however, since the disorder is so rare, the lifetime risk of developing testicular cancer for individuals with undescended testicles is still only about 2%.

Only old people get cancer

Fact: You can get cancer at any age. The youngest girl in South Africa reported with breast cancer was 6 years old.

Cancer is my fate

Fact: Cancer is a disease that can affect everyone.

We must not talk about cancer

Fact: We must talk about cancer and by talking about it, you are making other people aware of it.

I don’t have the right to cancer care

Fact: Everyone, not matter who you are or where you live, has the right to any medical care

Cancer is always painful

Fact: Most cancerous lumps / tumours present themselves as painless

If you are diagnosed with cancer, you will probably die

Fact: If untreated, there is a possibility it could be fatal, but if caught in time and treated, you can live a long life.

Pesticides cause cancer

Fact: What we do know is, there are clear links between many industrial chemicals and some cancers. So if you work with these chemicals, wear protective gear.

Drinking alcohol may make you more likely to get mouth, liver, colon, breast, and other cancers. It doesn’t matter if you prefer beer, wine, or liquor.

Fact: It’s how much you drink that counts. The more you drink, the higher the risk.

What can you do to lower your chances of getting cancer?

Exercise, along with healthy eating and managing your weight, can make you less likely to get
certain cancers, including breast and colon cancer.
Fact: There are other contributing factors that can increase your risk of getting cancer, such as stress, family history, previous cancers, etc…

There is nothing I can do about cancer

Fact: With the right treatment cancer can be cured.

Cancer is a disease you get from upsetting your ancestors

Fact: Our lifestyle can contribute to us getting cancer, eg smoking, drinking, poor diet, lack of exercise, family history, etc..

All tumours are cancerous

Fact: Not necessarily, it’s good to check out every lump or tumour to see if it is cancerous or not.

You can catch cancer from other people

Fact: Cancer is not contagious. People with cancer in the family will have a higher chance of getting cancer than with those with no cancer in the family.

Regularly eating burnt meat cooked on a braai won´t increase your risk for cancer

Fact: Eating burnt meat regularly can increase your risk for cancer.

For most cancers, a biopsy can cause cancer cells to spread

Fact: A biopsy can detect cancer and even the stages of the cancer.

Do cell phones cause cancer?

Fact: No, not according to the best studies completed so far. Cancer is caused by genetic mutations, and cell phones emit a type of low-frequency energy that does not damage genes.