Although there are many stigmas attached to cancer, below highlights the ones that are most applicable to India and breed the greatest amount of damage.
Cancer is a social stigma because it is contagious
Cancer is not communicable, contagious or infectious in any way. Although this stigma is mostly prevalent in rural parts of India and related to mere illiteracy on the subject, it cannot be ignored because it is strongly present and greatly affecting many lives of cancer patients. Given this fact, it is more so our prerogative to take it upon us and educate people around about the falsity of this stigma. As we have extraordinary initiatives that educate rural India at the moment, it should also be compulsory to include topics such as these and teach rural India about the truth behind the disease.
Cancer is hereditary
There could not be a bigger misconception than the fact that cancer is solely a genetically inherited disease and there is no way out. Although there is a chance of having genes that increase the risk of getting cancer it does not guarantee that you will. This is where the word of epigenetics comes into play. Only 5 to10 percent of the total number of cancer cases are genetic, the other 90 to 95 percent is based on factors that we can control. Please refer to our article about genes and cancer to get more information.
Cancer is bad luck/karma
Cancer is not a punishment from god, a higher power or bad karma and we most definitely don’t deserve it happening to us. Cancer is a symptom of a sick body and when you go deeper into the meaning you realize it’s nothing but a physical manifestation that occurs in your body to send you an alarm signal that something is not right. Cancer is a symptom of a sick body, not the root cause and arises because of a suppressed immunity.