Cancer is a disease that many people will worry about at some time. If there is a history of cancer in your family, then it is easy to worry about possibly being diagnosed with the disease in the future. There are ways of overcoming fear of cancer, most that involve talking to others who can provide the emotional support that you need. You can also talk to your doctor about the likelihood of cancer developing and if there is anything that you can do to prevent the disease from occurring in the body, such as biopsies of any abnormal areas or the surgical removal of suspicious masses.
One of the things that you can do is to make a list of the things that worry you about cancer. It might be the treatments that are involved or the way that the cancer would take over the body systems. Once you know what you’re worried about, then you can find ways to cope with those issues. Think about what you can do something about and what you have no control over. If there are foods that you can eat to boost your immune system or tests that you can have done to see if there is cancer present or a chance that cancer could develop, then do those things to put your mind at ease. If there is something that you don’t have control over, then it’s best to try to accept that it’s a part of life and that there is a solution once that event happens.
You can bore yourself to calmness. Think of the same thought over and over, and you’ll soon repeat it so much to yourself that it becomes boring. This can occur with any kind of thought, even if it’s not related to cancer itself. When your mind is taken off of cancer, then you can focus on other things in life, such as your family, a job and ways to make your life better. Stop thinking that you need to get an answer right away. Think about the advantages that you have if you wait on an answer and some of the disadvantages that go along with learning of an outcome immediately.