Grab a pen and paper and test your cancer knowledge. It just might save your life. (No cheating!)
- People who smoke pipes and cigars are not at increased risk of cancer.
- Saccharine does not increase the risk of cancer.
- Use of antiperspirants and deodorants are not associated with the subsequent development of breast cancer.
- Eating grilled meats does not raise the risk of cancer.
- The risk of dying from cancer is increasing in the U.S.
- Long-time smokers can reduce their cancer risk by quitting smoking.
- Some injuries can cause cancer later in life.
- Cell phones increase the risk of brain cancer.
- People who smoke low-tar cigarettes have less chance of developing lung cancer than those who smoke regular cigarettes.
- Only women get breast cancer.
- Cancer is not contagious.
- Treating cancer with surgery will cause it to spread throughout the body.
- FALSE - Smoking cigars or a pipe increases the risk of oral cancer (and coronary heart disease).
- TRUE - No credible evidence has been found that saccharine, aspartame, or other commercially available artificial sweeteners increase the risk of cancer.
- TRUE - Neither the National Cancer Institute nor the FDA has found any link between the use of these products and breast cancer.
- FALSE - Grilling meat creates chemicals called heterocyclicamines, which are associated with an increased risk of cancer. Avoid well-done or charred meats; they contain the largest amounts of these harmful chemicals.
- FALSE - In recent years, the risk of dying of cancer in the U.S. has been falling.
- TRUE - Although the increased risk of cancer in smokers never goes away completely, the likelihood of developing cancer (and coronary heart disease) falls significantly after a person stops smoking.
- TRUE - Some traumatic injuries, as when sunburn damages the DNA within skin cells, can cause cancer.
- FALSE - Cell phones cause accidents if used while driving, but they do not cause brain cancer or other forms of cancer.
- FALSE - A study from MIT found that the risk of lung cancer was no different among people who smoked medium-tar, low-tar, or very-low-tar cigarettes.
- FALSE - Although men are at much lower risk for breast cancer than women, men can get breast cancer too.
- TRUE - While cancer is not contagious, two types of viral infections greatly increase the risk of cancer: The sexually transmitted human papillomavirus is currently the leading cause of cervical cancer, while the hepatitis C virus, transmitted through infected intravenous needles and sexual activity, increases the chance of liver cancer.
- FALSE - Surgery is the most effective treatment for most cancers.