In a perfect world, everyone would have a better understanding regarding pediatric cancer. However, we all know that this is hardly the case. We know this because of the four common myths that often surround pediatric cancer.
Myth: Got a Tumor? That’s Cancer!
Usually when a tumor is seen in a scan, there is an immediate—and false—belief that this means that there is cancer present in the body. There is a reason why tumors do need to be tested in order to obtain a definitive answer. Tumors can either of two things: malignant or benign. Usually, when a doctor tells you that a tumor is benign, a sigh of relief is due. However, as children’s bodies are still developing (and they develop quickly) this can affect the speed of the growth and spread of the illness.
Myth: Cancer Runs in the Bloodline
While for adult cancer, the doctors will ask you if there was anyone in both sides of the genealogy tree who had cancer. When it comes to pediatric cancer, it is a different story. There is no concrete way to determine where childhood cancer is ‘inherited’ from. This is something that a lot of parents waste time feeling guilty over. There is nothing they could have done from a realistic standpoint to prevent their child from being diagnosed with cancer.
Myth: Cancer is Communicable
It is not and it never has been. A lot of children who are already battling cancer are unjustly treated to more stress because of this incorrect belief. While cancer is certainly devastating in one so young, there is no way they can pass on their illness to other children.
Myth: All Children Diagnosed with Cancer Die
No. If this was the case then no one would bother with trying to find a cure or undergo treatment. There have been a lot of cases wherein childhood cancer went into remission. There have also been cases where the pediatric cancer was made manageable.
We all need to work together to ensure that only factual and modern understanding of childhood cancer is being shared and passed around. Myths may seem harmless to some. However, when someone’s well-being is at stake, a myth that is mistaken for truth can be fatal. This is why we implore you to share the knowledge and debunk myths when you hear them.
Speaking of which, what myths have you actually heard about childhood cancer?