Five Common Mistakes About Cancer

Awash in information, many remain dangerously misinformed
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2007 1:54 PM CDT
Five Common Mistakes About Cancer
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An American Cancer Society survey of 1,000 adults, as reported in Time, determined five major misconceptions about the disease.

  1. The risk of dying from cancer in the United States is increasing.
  2. Living in a polluted city is a greater risk for lung cancer than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.

  1. Some injuries can cause cancer later in life.
  2. Electronic devices, like cell phones, can cause cancer in the people who use them.
  3. What someone does as a young adult has little effect on their chance of getting cancer later in life.
(More cancer stories.)

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