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Not everything we hear about cancer is true

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Wearing a bra: There is no science at all to this internet claim that wearing a bra can increase the risk of breast cancer.

Food additives: All additives in foods in Canada are safe. Foods with additives are scrupulously tested before approval and are continually monitored for adverse effects on humans.

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produced cancer in rats but there is no link be- tween their use and cancer in humans. It is ad- visable to limit use of these substances but not for fear of cancer.


Aspartame does not cause cancer. High doses of cyclamates and saccharine have

here are many genuinely scary aspects of cancer. Even if you haven’t faced them directly, there is a good chance that you have friends or family who have. With all the real threats that cancer

poses, we should stick to the facts and avoid the stress and confusion caused by many common media induced myths and misconcep- tions about the disease. The Canadian Cancer So-

ciety constantly reviews and monitors various threats, advances in the field. Inter- reports

studies and net and news media are tested against the best medical and scien-

tific research available, including information from science conferences and organizations that also review cancer-con- trol science (i.e. World Health Organization, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and others). Even infor- mation from these sources is analyzed to determine where the weight of evidence lies. It is a thorough and detailed discipline.


Antiperspirants: There is no direct link be- tween the use of antiperspirants and breast

ramic and plastic wrap products that are labeled “microwave safe”. That said, there are many kinds of plastic. Containers not intended for holding food may indeed leach plasticizers into food particularly if the food is warm. Beware.


It is true that 3- MPCD, a possible carcinogen in humans, is an ingredient in some condiments sold in Canada. However, the highest concentra- tion allowed in any product sold in Canada is 1 part per million, a very safe level for long term exposure.


even if frozen or subjected to heat. If not washed well before re-use you may ingest germs but not carcinogens.

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Lipsticks sold in Canada are safe. Trace ele- ments of lead have been detected but these

Disposable Plastic Bottles: Carcinogens from the bottles do not leach into the water,

Oyster and Soy Sauces: These products sold in Canada are safe and will not cause cancer.

Plastic Containers/Wrap and Microwaves: safe if you microwave using only glass, ce-

Up to 35% of all cancers can be prevented by being active, eating well and maintaining a healthy body weight.

are not even close to dangerous levels. Note: Lead traces appear naturally in some foods.


The Alkaline Diet does nothing to prevent cancer.


A physical blow or injury (particularly to the breast) does not cause cancer.

Furthermore, there is no specific food that

prevents or cures cancer. There are however types of food that can help reduce (high fibre), or increase (processed meats) the likelihood of cancer.

This article is based on information from the Cana- dian Cancer Society. Visit for answers to all cancer-related questions and concerns.

Paul Meldrum is a fitness specialist and personal trainer at ORC. He is also a personal and business consultant

specializing in self-management.

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