October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month across the world. The aim is to raise awareness and support for the cause, as well as to educate men and women about the condition from an early age. However, the purpose isn’t to raise limited hype one month per year, but to encourage a deep mindfulness that lasts.
Despite the fact that the World Health Organisation states that there is currently no sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, the internet is flooded with conspiracy theories and myths about everyday products that cause cancer. In this article, we’re looking at a few of these myths and how you can make informed decisions when it comes to products you use.
Myth 1: Deodorants and antiperspirants cause breast cancer
This is a myth that has gained popularity in recent years. It claims that these products prevent you from sweating out toxins, which then accumulates in the lymph nodes and lead to breast cancer. However, studies have found that neither antiperspirants nor deodorants increased the risk for breast cancer.
Authorities, such as the National Cancer Institute, can’t confirm the validity of any claims linking these products to breast cancer.
Myth 2: Drinking cold water will lead to cancer
As bizarre as it sounds, this is a theory that dates all the way back to 2006 and was spread far and wide by fear mongers via email. It was stated that drinking cold water after a meal solidifies the fats you ingest with your food, which then lines your intestines and causes cancer.
This theory had, and still has, no factual or scientific support.
Myth 3: Drinking bottled water causes cancer
There has been a lot of research into this statement, and countless conclusions drawn from different perspectives. The last couple of years quite a few hoax emails linking bottled water to cancer have been going around and, sadly, been accepted as fact.
Some of these “facts” state that reusing plastic bottles, leaving them in cars or even freezing water in them can lead to cancer. The medical and scientific professionals at Cancer Research UK have debunked all these claims as there is no convincing scientific evidence to support them. The UK has very strict regulations to ensure that these types of materials are thoroughly tested before being used for food or beverages.
But for the sake of convenience it’s wise to carry a reusable water bottle to refill at a drinking fountain or water cooler when you’re on the go.