Now I’ve heard everything!

Talk about an indictment of our educational system…

Many Think Cancer Spreads by Air

By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer – Excerpts courtesy of MedPage Today

ATLANTA — One in six prostate cancer patients believed that cancer can be spread by air, and that belief may affect their treatment choices, results of a patient survey showed…

…Men who believed that air can spread cancer were more than three times as likely not to choose radical prostatectomy as a treatment option, compared with men who said cancer definitely cannot be spread by air.

The findings emphasize how physicians need to be sure that cancer patients understand the disease, particularly with respect to treatment options, Willie Underwood, MD, said here at the American Urological Association meeting…

Apparently, a number of male patients chose not to have surgery because they are afraid that their cancer may spread if exposed to the air.

Here is a LINK if you would like to read the entire article.

Does that mean they think it is contagious as-is, or only during surgery?  Either way, maybe this explains why some people I meet keep their distance after learning that I have cancer.  Have any of you ever felt that was happening?

OK.  I was being a bit flip with that last comment.  Others most likely avoid us because they don’t want to face the fact that they could be next.

Either way, it is all very unfortunate.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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