CANCER MYTHS DEBUNKED

(Netscape) True or false? Underwire bras can cause cancer. You can't get cancer from a tanning booth. Both are wrong, but if you thought they were true, you're not alone. When it comes to our knowledge of what causes cancer, fear and rumors often replace facts and science. Many Americans believe a host of unproven claims about cancer -- claims that could needlessly change the way they live and actually boost their risk of developing cancer. To find out how much we know about cancer risk and prevention, the American Cancer Society surveyed nearly 1,000 U.S. adults asking them if 12 common cancer myths were true or false. The results were published in the journal Cancer. Men were more easily duped than women as were those with lower education levels. The survey also revealed that communities most at risk for cancer are also the ones who are most likely to be misinformed, reports LiveScience.com.

All of the following myths are false. But look how many people think they are true! Do you?

1. The risk of dying from cancer in the United States is increasing.
True: 67.7 percent
False: 22.5 percent
Don't know: 9.8 percent

2. Living in a polluted city is a greater risk for lung cancer than smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.
True: 38.7 percent
False: 42.5 percent
Don't know: 18.8 percent

3. Some injuries can cause cancer later in life.
True: 37.2 percent
False: 41.9 percent
Don't know: 20.9 percent

4. Electronic devices, like cell phones, can cause cancer in the people who use them.
True: 29.7 percent
False: 45.6 percent
Don't know: 24.7 percent

5. What someone does as a young adult has little effect on his or her chance of getting cancer later in life.
True: 24.8 percent
False: 68.1 percent
Don't know: 7.1 percent

6. Long-time smokers cannot reduce their cancer risk by quitting smoking.
True: 16.2 percent
False: 78.1 percent
Don't know: 5.7 percent

7. People who smoke low-tar cigarettes have less chance of developing lung cancer than people who smoke regular cigarettes.
True: 14.7 percent
False: 74.5 percent
Don't know: 10.8 percent

8. Personal hygiene products, like shampoo, deodorant and antiperspirants, can cause cancer.
True: 13.7 percent
False: 71 percent
Don't know: 15.3 percent

9. Getting a mammogram, or using a special X-ray machine to detect breast cancer, can cause cancer of the breast.
True: 10.2 percent
False: 73.7 percent
Don't know: 16.1 percent

10. Getting a base tan or base coat at a tanning salon will provide protection from skin cancer when you go outside in the sun.
True: 8.4 percent
False: 78.4 percent
Don't know: 13.2 percent

11. Underwire bras can cause breast cancer.
True: 6.2 percent
False: 62.9 percent
Don't know: 30.9 percent

12. You cannot get skin cancer from using a tanning booth.
True: 6.2 percent
False: 75.5 percent
Don't know: 18.3 percent