Does Cancer Have a Sweet Tooth?
To most people, October is national candy month, but it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month too!
Cancer cells are well known for growing at a rate that is out of control. It’s been an issue since 3000 B.C. when Ancient Egyptians recorded 8 cases of tumors or ulcers of the breast that were removed, but still there was believed to be no treatment for the disease.
We have definitely come a long way from the Egyptian style trauma surgery, but cancer still affects millions of people today. Cancer has put such a fear into the hearts and minds of our society that we’ve come up with some pretty crazy prevention techniques that may not be doing anything at all!
Myths like living near power lines, wearing deodorant or even drinking coffee are just a few of the absurd precautions some people take to avoid the growth of cancerous cells. Another common misconception says that cancer cells feed on sugar, and that consuming sugar or even artificial sweeteners can increase chances of developing cancer.
This however is not true. In fact, every cell in the human body, including cancer cells need blood sugar, but there is no research that suggests eliminating sugar completely will stave off cancer. Artificial sweeteners are found in everything, from candy to yogurt to salad dressing, and you may be consuming them with out even knowing it. That’s not to say that artificial sweeteners are good for you, but eliminating all sugar or sugar substitutes from a cancer patient’s diet would harm healthy cells that need energy to function.
To uncover more myths, urban legends, and old wives’ tales surrounding what causes breast cancer, visit Health Magazine.
American Cancer Society and Cancer Treatment Centers for America