False Beliefs Threaten Cancer Patients - Survey
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By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 40 percent of lung disease patients believe that surgery can spread cancer by exposing the tumors to the air -- a false
idea that could cost them their lives, U.S. researchers said on Monday.
This and other untrue beliefs about cancer may be much more common among Americans than anyone thought, the researchers wrote in this week's issue of
the Annals of Internal Medicine. They are especially common among blacks.