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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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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 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.
October 5th, 2016 3:16pm
You may experience the symptoms of hypochondriasis, fear of disease. Other mental struggles may be a cause for that.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.