Dr. Nagaraj with a patient

In a time when information is coming from every direction, it’s important to ensure we are getting the right information from credible sources — especially when it comes to cancer. Loma Linda University Cancer Center is committed to helping women treat breast cancer and preserve healthy tissue.

Gayathri Nagaraj, MD, a breast medical oncologist, says there are many myths surrounding breast cancer. “It’s important to be aware of the cancer misinformation on social media and be able to identify ‘fake news.’”

Nagaraj busts three common myths related to cancer:

Myth #1: Herbal therapies can cure cancer

There is no evidence that any herbal therapies can cure or treat cancer. They can potentially interfere with treatment for cancer and/or cause harmful side effects. Cancer patients should talk to their providers about any herbal supplements, vitamins, or over-the-counter medications they are consuming during cancer treatment.

Myth #2: Eating sugar will make cancer worse

There are no studies to date in humans that have shown that consuming more sugar will make cancer grow, shrink, or disappear by not eating sugar. However, excess sugar intake can cause obesity, which is a risk factor for many cancers. Naturally occurring sugars in fruits, vegetables, and grains are needed for normal physiologic functions of the body and to maintain weight during treatment for cancer.

Myth #3: Cancer is not curable

Five-year relative survival rates for all stages of breast cancer are 90%. Survival, however, depends on how aggressive the cancer is, where it has spread, and how responsive it is to treatments.

Regular screening is one of the most important steps in finding and successfully treating breast cancer early. The earlier breast cancer is found, the easier it is to treat.

Make an appointment at the Cancer Center or find more information online.