World Cancer Day 2014 Focuses on Debunking Myths

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Tuesday marks World Cancer day, where this year's efforts focused on debunking myths.

"I think it's very hard to think about could there be something wrong with me and could that thing possibly be cancer," Dr. Chelsea Stillwell said.

Stillwell is an oncologist at Lexington Medical Center and often has to tell many patients they're dealing with what can sometimes be a deadly disease.

"It's a journey when you're diagnosed with cancer and to have truly the privilege to walk along side someone as they're going through the treatment and the emotions and you get to offer the support along with the best medical care we can give," Stillwell said.

Cancers that affect the breasts, lungs and liver are among the most diagnosed,and they don't come without warning.

"You just have to be attune to what to look for and what's normal for you. I always tell my patients that anything that seems abnormal or out of place, isn't going away you should definitely talk with your doctor about," she said.

And other than regular visits to the doctor, there's other ways to stay healthy.

"There are some things you can do to try to prevent cancer and that is a healthy lifestyle, a healthy, well-balanced diet, watching your weight - making sure you're at a healthy weight for your body type, and doing things like quitting smoking if you're a smoker," Stillwell said.

Early prevention is the biggest factor for fighting cancer, but Stillwell hopes one day there will be a solution.

"Unfortunately cancer is not going anywhere any time soon, but I'm sure everybody in my profession hopes that the cure is right around the corner and we'll rejoice in that day," she said.

According to the World Health Organization lung, liver, stomach, colorectal and breast cancers cause the most deaths each year.


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