Why do I always think I've got cancer?

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Stormbending
January 21st, 2018 5:18pm
It sounds like you have a deep fear of having cancer, which is a perfectly rational fear to have! However, if you are actively avoiding things that have been scientifically proven to give you cancer (EG; smoking), then there is no rationality to your thinking. If you feel you have a physical condition that requires medical attention, please do speak to your GP. Do not feel you are wasting their time - they are there to help and put your mind at rest!
JulietSivan
January 26th, 2018 12:34pm
Anxiety can cause bad thoughts, and different types of anxiety can lead to different types of negative thinking. For example, there’s social anxiety that is about fear of social interaction, fear of being judged and etc. or there’s panic disorder: bad thoughts in panic disorder are usually around health, or the fear of being unable to escape. However, I’d recommend to visit a professional therapist.
JJill1
February 8th, 2018 3:06pm
Well, we all overthink sometimes, it's a natural human instinct to analyze everything.. Try to have perspective though, there is a big chance you do not have cancer! Try not to stress about things you do not know about :) If you are really worried, see a doctor maybe! :)
Anonymous
March 16th, 2018 9:30pm
You might be scared because of a close friend or family member getting it or because of the fear that we see from the media. Cancer affects a lot of people and you could be more anxious about it because it's somethjng we see a lot.
Anonymous
March 30th, 2018 2:46pm
You might think that you have cancer because it might have gone through the family and you are worried that it will happen to you.
Anonymous
May 18th, 2018 8:44pm
Sometimes we feel as though we have something wrong with us, emotionally or physically. So-- sometimes we may physically think that we have cancer because mentally we are anxious or paranoid about something being wrong with us.
Anonymous
May 30th, 2018 1:03am
if you suspect you have cancer, consult a doctor.
Anonymous
May 30th, 2018 4:47pm
Believing you have serious illnesses is a type of mental disorder called hypochondria that is best treated by counseling with a psychotherapist trained in this field
love7788
July 1st, 2018 6:41pm
Anxiety and worries get the best of us sometimes. With worry, our mind jumps to our farthest fear before analyzing logic first. So, it’s easy to be overwhelmed with concern for the worst— it’s just a matter of taking a step back, asking yourself about reasons why you believe this, analyzing those reasons, and then comparing those with the fears in our minds.
Anonymous
July 7th, 2018 4:00pm
Cancer affects so many people- and it has so many different symptoms, it's easy to be paranoid about it.
Anonymous
July 25th, 2018 5:21pm
There's always that fear, since there is no known cure yet. Cancer is the first thought that comes to everyone's mind once they feel like something is wrong with their body, so it is thought about pretty frequently.
gaypotato235
August 1st, 2018 4:05pm
Do you have a family member who may have gotten it and know you think you will to? Or maybe you think it is so comin you will get it . If this is giving you anxiety maybe a doctors opinion may help clear you head.
Anonymous
August 9th, 2018 3:52pm
it might because you or any one in ur family might be suffering from or might have been the reason for someones passing
Anonymous
September 23rd, 2018 7:55pm
Health Anxiety can make us believe that we have bad things happening to our bodies. It can stem from social media or a story on the news. It's easy to believe that something is wrong with us when we're feeling anxious, or that we've noticed changes to the body or a headache lasting longer than usual. Talking with a doctor about these issues or someone you trust is the best way to combat these thoughts. Cancer is so widely publicised and experiencing a different ache or pain can be worrying so our minds automatically think of the worst possible scenario.
Anonymous
November 4th, 2018 6:07pm
It sounds like you are concerned about your health. The fear might be valid if you have been ill in the past, or especially if you have had cancer in the past. The best way to alleviate this fear is to have a check up with your doctor, including appropriate scans and tests. If the tests come back clear you will know without a doubt that you don't need to spend your energy worrying about it. Fear and worry can persist in an unresolved way if we don't pay attention to our needs. Emotions like Fear are our internal guidance system that tells us what we need, and how to take better care of ourselves. You can answer the call of your emotions by better understanding what you need, and how to appropriately meet that need. Take some time to evaluate whether or not you are "thinking" you have cancer, or if you are experiencing "fear" that you might have cancer.
empathicRiver85
November 10th, 2018 5:43am
With the internet, television, and all the other influencers that we see everyday it is easy to implant these intrusive thoughts into our minds. Unfortunately, we do see cancer being diagnosed more often, and this can also aid in the false belief. Researching "symptoms" (whether real or a product of anxiety) on the internet can only make your fear worse. You can Google a minor headache and it can connect it to brain cancer, but does that definitely mean you have it? Absolutely not. Because the internet isn't reliable. When you have these anxieties, mentally reasoning with them and working through the fear from a rational perspective helps me when I get these horrible thoughts too. :)
KristinHelps
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.
ethelp260
January 24th, 2019 11:01pm
You may be suffering from health anxiety. This is where a person experiences an excessive amount of anxiety surrounding their health to the point where it interferes with their daily life. There is often a trend in this type of anxiety where sufferers experience anxiety over certain particular health worries, these often include cancer, heart problems, tumours and stomach problems. Even if no physical signs or symptoms are present the sufferer is still convinced that they have a particular disease or illness and often worry they will pass away from it. Anxiety is a very physical disorder in that when people are anxious they often experience sweating, nausea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate etc. Health anxiety sufferers sometimes interpret this response to anxious feelings as symptoms of the disease they think they have. In my experience I found professional therapy very helpful with this!
Anonymous
February 15th, 2019 4:31am
I can definitely identify with trying to find an explanation for things going on in my body, even when that explanation is something scary like cancer. Take some deep breaths and talk with a doctor, and maybe a counselor, who can help you work through these feelings. Also, do your best to avoid googling your symptoms, this can compound the feelings you're having. Finally, do things that make you feel healthy, like eat an apple, exercise, and meditate. This can help you reassure yourself that you are doing everything possible to maintain your health.
inspades
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!
KatieKittredge
June 29th, 2019 3:10pm
It sounds like you may be experiencing some anxiety about your health. I encourage you to go see your doctor if you are worried or have symptoms but it sounds like you are just anxious. There is a condition called hypochondria in which people believe that they are sick even when they show no symptoms. I believe it is based in anxiety or a fear of getting sick. This could be because they lost a family member to illness or a close friend. They could also have real symptoms but they are connected to something less serious then cancer.
SnowyCocoaEarth
August 7th, 2019 6:15pm
Anxiety tends to be the cause of thoughts like this. You could be a hypochondriac or maybe you have had people in your family diagnosed with cancer. Even something like a family member dying from cancer can cause issues like PTSD which could feed into unhealthy thoughts. Intrusive thoughts can affect us like that. I would recommend speaking to a professional about the issue. You can also visit a doctor for a checkup to allay any fears or doubts, Plus do not trust the internet, everything is cancer when you input symptoms and that can create further anxiety. In other words, you could fuelling your anxiety that you have cancer by perusing the internet instead of speaking to a doctor,
Anonymous
August 15th, 2019 11:21pm
The fear of the unknown can really eat us alive if we are not prudent.cancer is a disease with no identified cause or signs. It can anytime to any of us and end us rather quickly. It's the most dangerous of diseases. So, when we face any discomfort we can link it to cancer, especially if we are paranoid about it. Although it's 99% not true. We just have to accept the fact that we can't control everything. It's literally impossible. And practically useless. Cancer comes when we least expect it. It waits until it sucks us out of all power to start giving signs