cancer phobia


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An excessive fear of suffering the ravages of malignancy. Cancer phobia more commonly affects those who have directly cared for a loved one who suffered marked pain or disfigurement for a protracted period before death

cancer phobia

Cancerophobia Oncology An excessive fear of suffering the ravages of malignancy; CP more commonly affects those who have directly cared for a loved one who suffered marked pain or disfigurement for a protracted period before death

Patient discussion about cancer phobia

Q. I also fear that if my case is diagnosed as Breast Cancer how can I achieve my dreams? I am a Mechanical Student currently in my second year. It is very rare to find a girl pursuing this course. In fact, all my friends and well wishers too have advised me that it may be tough for a girl pursuing this course of study. I am a very stubborn girl very much firm in my opinion. For the recent past months, I fear that I may be having a breast cancer. I have lethal classes which I always found to be difficult. Of late, I could see a lump in the under arm area which is painful when touched. I fear that this may be due to the heavy workout which I had to do as per my curriculum. I have got so many dreams to be achieved in the near future and this worry is causing me greater concern that I am not able to concentrate in my studies and my performance in the college has also declined to the significant level. I feel that this needs to be diagnosed without any further delay. I also fear that if my case is diagnosed as Breast Cancer how can I achieve my dreams and lead a full-fledged life? Please advise me suitably….

A. as jenniferLinda said -there's little to worry about. a lump under the arm can be from many things...there are lymph nodes over there and every viral infection can cause swelling.

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cancer phobia has become so prevalent that hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year on diagnostic procedures such as colonoscopies to rule out colon and rectal cancer, head MRIs [magnetic resonance imaging] to rule out brain tumors, and whole-body scans to rule out visceral malignancies.
The worst scenario could be getting a positive test, assuming you had cancer and developing this cancer phobia - panic or going into decline when there's no reason to,' says Dr Wilson.
Tina had had psychological problems and a cancer phobia, and was distressed at the death of a family dog.

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