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Why do I always think I've got cancer?

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Last Updated: 11/12/2020 at 8:54pm
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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.
February 22nd, 2018 8:49am
It could be your biggest fear and you just can't stop letting your brain go to that extreme. It's a scary thing and something that I've been worried about since I was young as well.
July 4th, 2018 1:48am
This might be sort of a anxiety and i think you should check your health first and if you still have that feeling then you should really think about anxiousness.
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.
April 27th, 2018 11:38am
I think it is Health Anxiety It means that you is living in fear that you have a serious illness, even though you are well. You may not feel well, you probably have physical symptoms in your body and you are constantly worried that you have a serious disease.
May 16th, 2019 6:13am
You aren't alone! It's probably three factors. First, you probably have a personality that thinks big picture and long-term, causing anxiety. In other words you tend think about death more than most. Second, we live in a world where news reports and internet resources can fill our heads with all kinds of health concerns. Third, you may have some kind of health issue that has similar symptoms, like fibromyalgia or arthritis. Between these factors it's no wonder that many of us get worried about cancer or other life-threatening issues. What to do about it? Pay attention to your feelings of fear and worry, don't try to push them away or pretend they aren't there. Pay attention to the fear as long as you can. This will help to clear the emotional fog so that your mind can logically decide if you should get more tests done. Personally, I've gone through tons of testing due to the same fear. I don't know if I'll ever get over these fears. But I am slowly accepting the fact that it's not reasonable to go to the Dr. for every little symptom. So I'm only going if the symptom is persisting for a couple months. I've also learned that no one can "feel" what illness he has, so there's no point in speculating. Only modern tests can determine whats actually going on, and I'm only going to get those after a couple months of persisting symptoms. Also I'm learning to manage anxiety generally. Good luck!
March 18th, 2020 10:46am
Luckily, most of us are not overtly phobic about cancer even though it may be lurking deep in our subconscious. Why is it not an active fear for the bulk of the population? It is likely because in people without any signs of cancer, it is not perceived as an imminent threat. We are hard-wired to fear clear and present dangers. Risks and threats far into the future don’t get as much priority in our constellation of daily fears. Examples of this from our daily life abound. For example, one study found that most people are not willing to take urgent action on climate change if it is presented as a distant threat. But if portrayed as proximal in time and place, more people are willing to act with urgency.
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 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.
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.
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.
September 1st, 2016 1:57pm
Because you focus more on negativity around you and less on positive atmosphere and love around you.
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 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!
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.
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 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 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
February 8th, 2018 3:05pm
Too much WebMD. I'm kidding, of course. I have the same worry/anxiety. I've been to the doctor several times and every test comes up negative. I console myself knowing it's better to be cautious, but it's so difficult to live with the anxiety. I have chronic bladder pain and worry that these symptoms will one day cover up the pain of something horrible like cancer. But think about it: what would you do differently if you actually had cancer? Have you seen the doctor regularly? Have you expressed your fears? Do you feel like you've done what you can? Think about what you're really anxious about. Is it the lack of control? Is it death itself? Is it feeling like you haven't yet lived?
May 31st, 2018 2:58pm
Believing you have cancer or any other serious illness could be due to a few different reasons. 1. Does the person have a family member or family members have suffered and or died from cancer. Not all cancers are hereditary, but some people in the family are more susceptible to developing some type of cancer. 2. Does the person suffer from a form of anxiety. Cancer is a serious illness, and can sometimes be terminal. If a person suffers from some type of anxiety, they may worry or be anxious a lot from fear of developing cancer. 3. Then are some people who suffer from a mental health condition called Hypochondria. They constantly worry they are going to get sick with something or always think they are sick with something.
December 7th, 2018 3:56pm
You probably always think you've got cancer because you fear getting it. You fear that it will happen and you'll get diagnosed with some sort of cancer. You fear getting sick and you fear the pain and you also fear the outcomes of it. You fear the hair loss, you fear the chemo, and you fear the death. Fear is nothing more than your mind continuously watching a nightmare happening in a loop. That's your thought process. Sometimes you should just check in with a doctor to clear that fear if you consistently think that you have cancer. It will make you feel better overcoming that fear.
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 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 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 :)