Dispelling myths

Dispelling myths

Dispelling Myths

In the hospital, on the TV and in magazines: myths about cancer are out there and need to be shut down!

'Burst' each of the below bubbles to see the reality behind cancer myths.

  • Myth
    I’ll never enjoy sex again.
    Reality
    Most people are able to resume a healthy sexual life after their cancer treatment. Although you may experience changes to your body as a result of your treatment, there are aids and strategies that you can use to have a fulfilling sex life after cancer.
  • Myth
    You can transmit your cancer to your partner through sexual intercourse.
    Reality
    You CANNOT transmit your cancer to your partner through sexual intercourse.
  • Myth
    It’s not my Dr’s job to deal with my sexual concerns.`
    Reality
    Yes, it is part of your Dr’s job to address sexual concerns. While your oncologist or GP may not be able to directly help you, they can at least lead you in the right direction to improve your sexual well being. Go ahead, just ask.
  • Myth
    Sex and/or masturbation will make cancer worse.
    Reality
    Sex and/or masturbation will not make cancer worse.
  • Myth
    You are ‘radioactive’following your treatment, hence you can harm your partner.
    Reality
    You are not ‘radioactive’ following your treatment. It is safe to engage in sexual activity as soon as there is a mutual desire and ability to do so, and there are no contra-indications.
  • Myth
    If I bring up sex, I’ll pressure my partner when they’re not ready or interested
    Reality
    Of course, it can be difficult to make the first move, verbally or physically. Taking this first step can open doors in the bedroom and your relationship. If you don’t try, you’ll never know.