Why do I always think I've got cancer?

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Last Updated: 01/23/2018 at 12:10am
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June 9th, 2016 6:29pm

Google the symptoms. I'm a doctor, and believe me the ones who think so are usually the ones who never get it. so calm down. If not, is there anything that disturbs you on an everyday basis or anyone in your family who had it or who passed away because of cancer? That could possibly have a correlation

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May 8th, 2016 2:06pm

Hey, I'm worried that I have cancer. About 6 1/2 years ago, I was told by a doctor that I could have melanoma (skin cancer). I think I should go & see the doctor again because I could possibly be showing signs/symptoms of melanoma.

April 27th, 2016 1:33pm

Thinking that you have an illness such as cancer could be a phobia called hypochondria or also known as health anxiety, maybe get checked for peace of mind.

January 21st, 2018 8:10pm

Looking for answers on the internet...we've all been there. I just want you to know you don't have to figure this out on your own. I know this might not be something you want to discuss with your friends or family, but if you join this site you can get free, anonymous support from trained listeners and a huge support community. Nobody is here to judge.

May 25th, 2016 2:00am

If you're anything like me, you always look up your symptoms on webmd or google and those sites always tell you that you have cancer. Majority of the time you're fine though.

Why do I think I have cancer?

April 1st, 2016 9:33pm

If you actually were diagnosed with cancer, what do you imagine would happen? Could it be possible that you are looking for that outcome to happen in your life? Are there other ways that you could get those outcomes in a productive, healthy way?

June 26th, 2016 5:01am

Sometimes depression is a very complicated thing. Always make sure to make regular appointments with your healthcare provider. Get all lab work and tests done to ensure it is not. The fear of cancer is very real and can take a toll on a person. However, it is often not cancer. The fear alone of cancer can be devastating. If it is not, make sure to seek personal help through a counselor or therapist...as that fear can be just as taxing on you psychologically as cancer is taxing physically.

April 27th, 2016 7:08pm

Nervousness or anxiety usually comes from wondering about the future, somehow we find ourselves thinking on the future avoiding the present not even being aware of it, perhaps product of our tendency to overthink, its important to be aware of it so one can work on calming the mind and start to occupy about the worrys instead of just concern about them, to be in the present and actually enjoy the moment.

April 23rd, 2016 2:47am

Are you scared of having cancer? Does it run in your family? Do you worry yourself that you may have cancer? I'm sure at least one of these questions is true in your mind, & Honestly, If you want to stop thinking like that, Then I would contact your doctor & have them do a blood test & a check up to make sure that all is fine. But I think it is your worried mind making you think that.

May 22nd, 2016 12:35pm

I have health anxiety, it's a horrible thing. You have it similar to me; some people just get a fear of one specific thing (like cancer or heart attack) whereas, like you, I can get it for any physical symptom whatsoever. First thing to bear in mind is that the chances are, all of the pains you get are anxiety itself. That's the problem with anxiety; one of my most common problems was fearing a heart attack, and what does anxiety do? Raises your heart rate and makes you feel like you're having a heart attack! It's a vicious cycle. The first thing I'd suggest is getting some help; obviously you can go through your doctor or, if that's too hard, Anxiety UK are there to help and can refer you for CBT or other therapy (whatever suits you). I've also got a copy of the book 'Overcoming Health Anxiety' by Rob Willson and David Veale which does what the title says... it tries to help people like us overcome health anxiety! I wouldn't say that this is the only solution though, I learnt the best thing to do is talk to a professional who understands what you're going through. You've already taken an important step by being open about it on here. Involve family and friends too if you feel you can, they may not understand exactly what you're going through but they can support you through it.

March 10th, 2017 5:01am

This is something anxiety does to trick us into thinking we're sick. Anxiety is a monster that looms around us, looking for something that will make us miserable. It is also a liar, so it makes things up that we can't help but believe. So when you think that you have cancer, it is the lying voice of anxiety trying to convince you of something that is not there.

March 25th, 2016 1:00am

I'm not sure, maybe you feel like you have symptoms that indicate cancer? you'd have to go get checked out if you think you do.

June 16th, 2016 12:19am

Maybe because your anxiety always makes you come to the worst possible conclusion. Which would end up as rash = skin cancer.

November 21st, 2017 3:18am

I'm only 13 and I'm thinking of me having CANCER. I'm so scared and I've seen many doctors but I keep getting new symptoms

November 29th, 2017 9:30pm

I am in the same boat! I make myself absolutely sick with worry by constantly going to Google and searching the same terms over and over again: “pancreatic cancer,” “unexplained weight loss,” “signs I don’t have cancer,” etc. It is exhausting and draining. Knowing my age, lack of risk factors, etc., does not help. However, other things I have read on line also provide great support, including groups like these. I also had a check up today at my local doctor’s surgery, and had a chance to express what I think are my silly concerns with the nurse. She was compassionate, a good listener, and kindly said, “I really don’t know how else to provide you with reassurance,” explaining in her professional and lovely way, that my “symptoms,” were not indicative of anything morose or evil at all. I have always had difficulty believing that nothing bad is going to happen. We recently moved, I no longer work outside the home, and my stress levels are considerably diminished. I’m the type, then, who is always waiting for the other show to drop, especially when the stars seem to have aligned in my favor. Sigh. I’d love feedback on this!

March 31st, 2016 7:12pm

You may be a hypochondriac. I am one myself. It's where you think you have always got an illness. Maybe you should go to the doctor, to see if you actually DO have something wrong. If that's not the case, maybe visit a therapist.

July 2nd, 2016 11:30am

Thinking you always have some sort of incurable or chronic disease isn't as rare as people think. But it's more about people jumping to conclusions when they present with certain symptoms and of course, symptom searching on the internet leads to drastic conclusions about what you might have. The best way to deal with it is to try to prevent self diagnosing and if there is something you are truly concerned about go to see your doctor/gp about it, for a formal diagnosis. It could be nothing, but everything , especially related to cancer, is worth geting checked out.

July 2nd, 2016 11:28pm

Cancer is widely publicised because of the fact it claims so many lives. Awareness of the disease is useful in fighting it but it can also alarm people who might be unwell but haven't found a diagnosis yet. It's also worth noting that an internet search is a poor diagnostic tool and cannot replace a medical doctor when treating a problem as it doesn't have sentient access to the patient and therefore cannot treat the person as a whole.

July 22nd, 2016 11:56pm

With all the information available today it can be easy and tempting to self-diagnose ourselves, however it is best if you have any health concerns to see a doctor for their opinion. If the doctor rules out any medical issues and you still find yourself thinking something is wrong you may be struggling with anxiety. A trained therapist can help you resolve the symptoms of this anxiety.

March 31st, 2016 5:24pm

Maybe there is someone in your family that had it before ?? Or it can be just a random thing you do

May 13th, 2016 5:01pm

I had the same problem for a very long time! Many of the symptoms of cancer can be manifested purely by anxiety. Whether it's a lump in the throat, a bruise not heeling, or even a weird pulsating sensation somewhere in the body. Unfortunately, this is a self-actualizing cycle since the anxiety will cause these symptoms and thus further anxiety! I recommend doing everything you can to relax, and you'll notice your symptoms and thoughts start go away. If not, seeing a medical professional is very important to prevent full-blown hypochondria.

June 29th, 2016 4:58am

Dealing with medical paranoia can be difficult. Try not to look up your symptoms online, and trust your doctors to know when you have a problem. It can be especially difficult for those of us who know someone who has had cancer or dealt with medical issues. Keep in mind that that person's journey is not your journey. When you start to feel yourself becoming paranoid, have a plan in place and don't let yourself fall too far down the rabbit hole. Remind yourself how may times you thought you had cancer previously, and ask yourself if you were correct any of those times. Based on your track record, do you really think you have anything to worry about? There are a lot of reasons you could have these concerns, but if it's really weighing on you, a higher priority could be figuring out how to deal with these concerns on a day-to-day basis.

July 16th, 2017 11:52pm

For me, it was because I was raised by a parent who always jumped to worst case scenario. A head ache was a brain tumor, that sort of thing. But our culture does a LOT of awareness around early cancer detection, so I think we've all been "programmed" to some extent, to always be aware of potential symptoms. For me, the best way to control this anxious voice is to get regular physicals and keep up with my other doctor appointments. I can remind myself that I had blood work done in May, and that everything was fine.

April 28th, 2016 8:33am

At first, you need to find out if you really have a cancer. You can ask a doctor for that to prove if you really have and so that you can be treated early. If you have non and you really always think that you have a cancer consult a psychiatrist. You might have HYPOCHONDRIASIS. It's when a person interprets the slightest physical changes in their body as a sign of serious illness, as what you say, cancer.

May 26th, 2016 2:34pm

People always think they have cancer because they know cancer is a terrible disease, so when even the slightest problem occurs with them and their body, they think worst case scenario and automatically thinks cancer.

July 13th, 2016 9:20am

You could be so scared about this, maybe. This could be a good possibility. I hope you'll ever get it.

July 17th, 2016 4:58pm

may be cause you are studying too much about cancer.. when we study something too much we think that we are suffering from it ! also known as Medical students' disease also known as second year syndrome or intern's syndrome !

August 11th, 2016 12:32am

I tend to always think the worst when it comes to me being ill thats probably because all my life I heard the motto "pray for the best, prepare for the worst". So, in many situations I think people are like me and try to prepare the mind for news like cancer if an illness is present. Also, technically speaking every human being has "cancer" it just haven't multiplied for effected us yet.

October 19th, 2017 2:17pm

In one word Google. Our minds like to take things to the worst case. If you friend doesn't call back you think 'uh oh what did I last say, did i make her mad?" When you get a call from the school nurse you think the worst. Its just the way we are wired. It may help you to remember previous times where you thought the worst but it was something minimal. Training your brain to maybe not go full out every time something comes up. It may also help to try to work in meditation daily so you can see how your river of thoughts work.

April 2nd, 2016 2:39am

You may be a hypochondriac, or someone who always thinks that they have a serious illness. The smallest discomfort or pain makes them worried, even if a doctor tells them they are fine.

April 21st, 2016 5:57pm

why dont you consult your doctor and share this feeling you have. I am sure that your doctor will help you get over such thoughts.

May 15th, 2016 12:29am

It's a common topic in modern media, and everyone finds themselves prone to symptom by suggestion. It's much easier to cope with if you have a label for it, and as cancer encompasses many areas of illness, it often seems to fit the situation. If it is a serious concern, it is better to see a health professional than to diagnose.

May 20th, 2016 12:51pm

It might be nerves. Or not having an answer. Some aches and pains are not always specific to a certain condition. And that may make you anxous.

May 26th, 2016 11:38am

that s cause you think negative try to think positive cause if you think positive you will have nothing to lose and will help to feel better and happier and just to prove you are healthier visit a doctor and do analysis

June 1st, 2016 6:47pm

I find that over-researching is the main culprit. I find it helps to visit my general practitioner and making sure that all is well.

June 5th, 2016 2:40am

Most likely it could be paranoia. The reason why I say that is you may have research symptoms on line or heard of it through watching tv or something and in doing so you may experience them and automatically think its cancer when it probably isn't . But if you feel that you have cancer see a doctor to give you more assurance if needed.

June 5th, 2016 7:27am

Because cancer is such a big thing, you could be a hypochondriac and the smallest symptom or feeling can make you think of cancer, the internet has a big play in this for the blame.

June 11th, 2016 7:38am

Have you gone to the doctor and been diagnosed with cancer? If you have gone to the doctor and you've been diagnosed with cancer. You should listen to options he recommends. You can then take his advice or not. However, a listener will always be here to support you regardless of your decision.

June 11th, 2016 4:35pm

Maybe you've got someone in your family or close friends who have died on cancer? Or maybe you're just too much concerned about your health, this might be a sign of depression.

June 17th, 2016 7:12pm

The availability heuristic may be at play. You can come up with specific examples of people suffering from cancer, and therefore, it seems more likely to happen. People also fall victim to this way of thinking about airplanes, and cruise ships. They think it is likely (even though statistically it is pretty rare) that their boat will sink (the titanic) or their plane will crash (lots of examples) because they've heard about it happening to others.

July 1st, 2016 6:26pm

Because you are afraid that you might have cancer, you are stressed out, realx and chill, go out take walk, read positive stuff :)

July 8th, 2016 1:28pm

Perhaps it's hypochondriac? That's when you always thing something really serious and bad is happening to you (especially related to health). Take a medical check to ease your mind. I hope you're well. :)

July 8th, 2016 10:22pm

Influences in the media can leave us very paranoid, especially if a family member has it. I would suggest seeing a doctor to put your mind at ease.

July 15th, 2016 12:51pm

Because you have conditioned your mind to think in this way. It could also be that you have a deep fear of cancer so you unconsciously bring this though to manifest from your mind.

July 24th, 2016 9:53am

I think you should get a check up.. actually anyone is at risk at getting cancer but then it depends on how you look after your own health. So rather than worrying, its better take up tests.

July 28th, 2016 4:11am

It sounds like you may have hypochondria. Hypochondria is a common medical condition where you are very anxious about your health. It's a good idea to see your doctor to make sure everything really is okay. This will both help dissuade your fears and potentially lead you in the right direction to getting help with your condition.

July 29th, 2016 12:54am

Have you ever known or do you currently know someone who does have cancer? Cancer is an awful disease (my mother has had it twice and I've had other family members die from it) so it is understandable that you would feel fearful and anxious. If it's starting to affect your life, consider talking to a professional about your fears.

July 30th, 2016 6:33am

It sounds like you assume the worst case scenario when something goes wrong health wise. You should try and start assuming it's something less serious. (But if it seems bad then get it checked out)

July 31st, 2016 12:02pm

I have the same mental obsession... for me this fear is linked to the ambivalent emotions to the end of life, especially present when I am under stress

August 4th, 2016 8:51am

Cancer is a very worrying thing. It does affect People all over this world and that may be causing you to think that you have it. If you have breasts do regularly give yourself examinations ( there is examples online ) or go to a doctor to put your mind at ease. Cancer is something that can happen to anyone and this is stressful and worrying, however you sould get regular checks by your doctor to avoid you feeling like this. Good luck :).

August 6th, 2016 4:36am

Have you spoken to a medical professional about how you always think you have cancer? This may be a symptom of a treatable condition such as hypochondria.

August 7th, 2016 5:58am

Sometimes anxiety can make us fear the worst. I assured myself I had HIV once, for no reason on than I read an article about it. Fear of something that is out of our hands is tough to deal with.

August 16th, 2016 5:32pm

That happens to me too! I have this freckle on my lips and I keep on thinking it is skin cancer. Try to consult a doctor to confirm it

August 17th, 2016 10:46pm

Do you go to WebMd or any similar medical sites? That could be a big reason ;) Or if you keep looking up every single symptom you feel and keep finding results to cancer. Or you may be paranoid you have cancer because you don't want to die or to find out the bad news, of an illness that could take your life and that could take everything from you. Or maybe its a gut feeling you should follow. Really there are so many reasons, trust your instincts

August 20th, 2016 8:16pm

Honestly, I think you have a soft spot for people with cancer, but yet to realize. Just know you're not alone

August 24th, 2016 9:24pm

It's possible that you are suffering from hypochondria. This means you constantly think something is wrong with your body. However if you truly think something is wrong talk to your doctor.

August 25th, 2016 1:01am

Cancer is very scary. It's also a very popular topic. It can subconsciously be on your mind which makes you fear you have the symptoms of it.

September 1st, 2016 1:57pm

Because you focus more on negativity around you and less on positive atmosphere and love around you.

September 9th, 2016 11:06pm

If you really do think you have cancer, then you should tell your parents and your doctor. It is important to make sure that you don't have cancer.

September 25th, 2016 7:12am

You could be a hypochondriac. A hypochondriac is someone who believes they have a sickness and is truely worried about it and is scared of getting sicknesses. You will feel like you have the symptoms and will feel sick even when you are perfectly fine. If you are truely worried about cancer - go see a doctor to get your mind at ease.

September 25th, 2016 9:02pm

You could be a hypochondriac or if your family has a history of it-maybe it's just paranoia? If you really feel like you might have, be on the safe side and go get tested if you're able.

Recent Answers
January 19th, 2018 1:05am

If you always think you've got cancer it is probably because you think something is unusual with your body that shouldn't be there or you're seeing unwanted activities developing on you that makes you think it's cancer.

January 4th, 2018 1:40pm

It is not unusual to think that you are very sick whenever you feel physically bad. There is a lot of talk, maybe too much, about cancer in the media so it is pretty obvious that whenever we feel sick our mind goes there. The only way to find out is to see a doctor

December 6th, 2017 12:14am

The Internet, television, and the media are always full of stories concerning health and particularly cancer. Sometimes having something constantly being betrayed into our lives, it can create this feeling. It seems like everything today can cause cancer, so it's not a surprise that this is a question. Having routine cancer screening and check ups can help give reinsurance.

November 24th, 2017 7:49pm

Media is talking a lot about diseases and that makes people worry about their health. When you hear about cancers you think you got one to but you don’t actually have one. Try to avoid these kind of topics and you will releafe.

November 24th, 2017 2:57am

This is a sort of anxiety. Sometimes it may not necessarily be because somebody feels afraid of death or the illness itself but because they may not be able to achieve their dreams or goals - however you’d like to put it. However, if you realise there’s nothing positive above. That’s because cancers associated with bad connotations and we don’t realise we can treat it to some extent and some cancers are completely riddable. At an early diagnosis survival is greater. It’s important to consult about these worries if one’s constantly experiencing these thoughts as the more one stress’s out. The more will these thoughts continue to invade precious time and space in the mind.

November 19th, 2017 8:49pm

That might be health anxiety. Its a type of anxiwty where you believe you have an illness. However, you should visit a doctor so that they can tell you what is happening

November 17th, 2017 3:23am

If you've experienced a loss of someone close to you who had cancer, you might just be paranoid about getting it, as a way of coping with the grief. You might also be a hypochondriac - a person has a lot of anxiety and preoccupation about having one or multiple illnesses.

November 17th, 2017 3:07am

You wonder why you just always think you have cancer, is that right? Tell me more about this please, ok.

November 16th, 2017 6:01pm

Because death is frightening, and anxiety builds way too easily. Regular doctors visits will catch cancer, so try not to obsess over things that aren't likely to occur.

November 16th, 2017 5:37pm

Maybe you have in some way convinced yourself that you do. I imagine you probably think so because you're likely a negative person afraid of any disease. And somehow, this has affected you fearing that you have a very serious one.

November 5th, 2017 6:15am

It sounds like you're experiencing some health anxiety. When we notice something different about our bodies, whether it's a sore throat, lump, bump, or even a headache, our minds might automatically assume the worst case scenario, which is often cancer or an incurable disease, when we are experiencing health related anxiety. We operate in a cycle of "what-if" and often seek reassurance from friends, family, the internet, and medical professionals. I'm sending you hugs because experiencing health anxiety can be very scary and frustrating. We often recognize that the worst case scenario is not likely, but our minds still experience the anxiety and go through the "what-if" thinking like it is. If you are in any doubt, you can always check with your licensed medical professional regarding any health concerns as well as any anxiety concerns.

October 20th, 2017 5:46pm

There could be many reasons why you always think you got cancer. A few examples could be that you might be health cautious, afraid of getting ill or sick, ocd, you might have an intuitive feeling and unsure why you feel that way, your experiencing the symptoms, etc. You'll have to ask yourself this question and figure out why that may be. You could get tests done to see if it's true or if you have done tests and you still feel you might have cancer then maybe you feel they we're wrong or something. You would know yourself and your situation better then anyone else would for sure.

October 19th, 2017 8:13pm

It is common for people with anxiety to take something and think of the worst possibility. We've all done it before. If you are seriously concerned, just go see a doctor and they can put your worries to rest.

August 30th, 2017 5:19pm

It's called "health anxiety", some people have this condition. Maybe you're having these thoughts because you are insecure about your health and are afraid of losing it, or are afraid of dying. It's normal to worry about your health but if it gets in the way of living a fulfilling life without fear, then it's worth discussing with a therapist.

July 24th, 2017 5:22am

Our brain thinks about the worst possible situations that could happen to us. It's common for a person to think they are suffering from something tragic. One could be very anxious about these things and worry a lot. It's recommended to take a walk or exercise to move on from such thoughts.

April 28th, 2017 2:46am

It seems like you are suffering from hypochondria. This is a condition where you think you have a severe disease. I have dealt with this for four years, and it left me with anxiety and PTSD from years of unjust paranoia over something that did not even happen. I really hope that you do not have cancer, but if this is related to hypochondria, please seek help immediately! Also, just to ease your worry, please feel free to visit a doctor soon just to ensure that you are okay!

April 8th, 2017 4:27am

If this is a reoccurring thing in your life then you should consult a trained professional. There are mental illnesses where you believe that you have a life-threatening illness.

April 5th, 2017 4:31am

It could be because someone in your family has cancer or someone really close to you has died from cancer or they have it. You could look at the symptoms and think you have it and worry that you might have it.

April 2nd, 2017 7:39pm

Anxiety can often lead to misconception and constant worrying about health. Be sure to contact a reliable doctor and avoid any unreliable sources. Confidence in your health helps, so check up with a doctor when you can!

March 1st, 2017 6:47pm

Health anxiety is a legitimate category of anxiety. If you worry about this a lot or about other health conditions, you might have a bit of an anxiety problem a therapist could help you work on. If it's happening occasionally, it might just be a reaction to how scary cancer can be and how often it's mentioned in the media, in routine medical testing, etc.

February 16th, 2017 12:27am

Thinking that you have an illness such as cancer could be a phobia called hypochondria or also known as health anxiety, maybe get checked for peace of mind.

January 18th, 2017 7:44pm

A lot of people have worries about their health. I know I have certainly jumped to the worst conclusion at times myself. Sometimes a worry like "I must have cancer," can just be a sign that you care a lot about your health! If that's where the worry comes from, it can be helpful to think about actionable steps you could take towards supporting a healthy life. For example, taking a walk or swapping a dessert for a fruit every now and then.

October 26th, 2016 11:41pm

Maybe because people talk to much about it. Please consult a doctor and if he says that you don't have it everything is fine :)

October 5th, 2016 3:16pm

You may experience the symptoms of hypochondriasis, fear of disease. Other mental struggles may be a cause for that.