There is still much to be understood about cancer but we do now know that there are proven risk factors, such as smoking, a lack of exercise, unhealthy eating, being overweight, drinking too much alcohol and spending a lot of time in the sun. But the internet is filled with rumours about many other things that supposedly lead to cancer.
“Social media has played a massive role in promulgating theories about what causes cancer,” says Professor Sanchia Aranda, CEO of Cancer Council Australia.
“The worrying consequence is people then think, ‘Everything gives you cancer so when I’m told this and that causes cancer, why should I take any notice?’ This can drive down behaviours that we know are important to reduce the risk of cancer.”
Here are the facts you need to know…