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irrational fear of cancer or other tumors.
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Patient discussion about cancerphobia

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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Toxic tort litigation is gaining popularity with the plaintiffs' bar, and it is not unusual to encounter claims for medical monitoring, increased risk of future injury and fear damages such as cancerphobia. Early investigation and immediate action taken at the scene of an accident can be used as important defense in similar litigation in later years.
Churchill, Medical Monitoring and Cancerphobia: The Rise of Fear Lawsuits, For the Defense 2 (August 1993).
Claimants alleged that the consequential damages arose as a result of the public's perception of health risks associated with high-voltage powerlines, a fear known as "cancerphobia." One of the owners testified that he never would have bought the property if it had had a high-voltage powerline across it.
If scientific proof supported the cancerphobia of the public, the claimant must then also establish that this reasonable apprehension has affected the purchaser's willingness to pay the fair market value of the property.
"People are suing as a result of pollution, property, bodily injury, emotional distress and Cancerphobia."
The fear of cancer, as opposed to "cancerphobia," a term generally used to describe a present anxiety over developing cancer in the future or the fear of contracting other types of serious physical illness, is merely a branch of the traditional theory of recovery for emotional distress damages.
This article deals entirely with claims for the increased risk of disease and does not attempt to address the related claims based on the fear of contracting cancer, called cancerphobia, or claims for the expenses incurred for medical monitoring after exposure to an alleged toxic agent.