Bid to quell cancer myths

Inquiries to the Cancer Council’s iheard website  - - about cancer causes largely reflect unfounded risk factors, the organisation said, while many other queries are about treatments that are “ineffective, harmful or both”.

Other myths being debunked by the organisation include claims that microwaves and cosmetics cause cancer and that wearing a bra to bed increases breast cancer risk.

CEO Professor Ian Olver said if you Googled ‘cancer’ and ‘plastic bottles’ more than three million hits came up.