Cancer can have devastating effects on families and communities. And cancer, like many other life-threatening diseases, hits the black community harder than any other group. Blacks are diagnosed with advance/late stage cancer more than their White counterparts. A major reason for this trend is lack of understanding of available cancer information. Many blacks die from treatable forms of cancer simply because of myths and misinformation about the disease.
Here are a few myths that Dr. Camille McGann, a radiation oncologist, is working to dispel:
1. No one in my family has Cancer, so I do not have to worry about getting it.
2. If I get Cancer, I am going to die within a few months. People I know (and have heard of) who
were diagnosed with Cancer, went to the hospital and then died in a matter of months. That
will happen to me too.
3. The Treatment for Cancer is worse than the disease itself.
4. Black Americans are not at risk for Colorectal Cancer. I do not need a colonoscopy. I will do a
colon cleanse instead as its more natural and does the same thing.
5. My family only has Diabetes (sugar) and High blood pressure (pressure). I eat right, exercise
5x/week and keep my stress level low. I cannot be at risk for any Cancer, especially not Breast
or Prostate Cancer since I am doing everything right.
Visit LegacyEducators.com to read more cancer myths and what you can do become educated about cancer.
About Dr. McGann
Dr. McGann is a radiation oncologist. After receiving a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry at Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ, she pursued her MD degree. She then completed her Residency Training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL and is a board certified Radiation Oncologist. She currently practices in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
Dr. McGann is the President and CEO of Legacy Educators and (Cancer) Consultants, an educational company developed to bridge the “patient-physician” gap in cancer treatment communication.