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National Health Observances

Myths, Misinformation and Stigma

Myths, misinformation and stigma

Some common myths and misconceptions about cancer – including that there is no cure or there is nothing that can be done about cancer – can understandably cause fear. However, misinformation, misconceptions and stigma around cancer creates a negative cycle that further acts to confirm our fears. Our fears can prevent us from seeking early detection, or to delay or avoid treatment and care altogether. Often, by receiving diagnosis at a late stage or not seeking treatment at all, this can result in worse outcomes, which in turn perpetuates the myths and misconception of cancer being incurable or untreatable.