Debunk the myths about cancer - Jo

Local MP Jo Swinson is encouraging East Dunbartonshire residents to take a moment on World Cancer Day, 4 February 2014, to increase their awareness and aim to dispel the damaging myths and misconceptions about cancer.

Each year, 7.6 million people die from cancer worldwide and research suggests that one-third of cancer deaths can be avoided through prevention, and another third through early detection and treatment. 

The four myths about cancer are:

  1. We don’t need to talk about cancer
  2. There are no signs or symptoms of cancer
  3. There is nothing I can do about cancer
  4. I don’t have the right to cancer care

Commenting, Jo said:

“Most of us know someone who has either survived or sadly died from this terrible disease.

There are great strides being made researching for a cure, including the impressive work being done at the Beatson Institute in Bearsden. We are extremely fortunate to have such an advanced facility here making a direct contribution to the development of ground-breaking new drugs.

“On World Cancer Day we have the perfect chance to raise awareness of the ways we can prevent cancer through the choices we make.

“More information and resources for World Cancer Day can be found on

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