‘Cancer Urban Legends:’ The truth is out there (w/VIDEO)

May 4, 2014 | by

With so many cancer-related rumors circulating amid friends and colleagues and, of course, on the Internet, people sometimes find themselves scratching their heads. Is it really true? Does deodorant really cause cancer? Does soy really cause cancer? Do cell phones really cause cancer?

On April 23, City of Hope physicians and researchers came together to have a conversation about these cancer urban legends. During this lively discussion, they not only helped put cancer facts into perspective, they offered advice on healthy eating and living, prevention and some of the research underway at City of Hope.

Moderator Linda H. Malkas, Ph.D., deputy director of basic research and a professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, led the discussion, asking tough questions and raising concerns that many people no doubt have.

Featured speakers were James Waisman, M.D., clinical professor in the Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics ResearchJames Lacey, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Population SciencesJoseph Alvarnas, M.D., director of medical quality and quality, risk and regulatory management, and an associate clinical professor in the Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation; Vijay Trisal, M.D., medical director of City of Hope’s community practices and an associate clinical professor of surgical oncology; and Sofia Wang, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Population Sciences.

Watch the "Cancer Urban Legends" presentation to hear the full conversation. You can also watch past Ask the Experts programs on City of Hope's YouTube channel.

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Watch the video "Cancer Urban Legends."