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    This may seem like an odd thread...
    Recently, I feel like I’ve heard so many stories of people getting cancer and dying from cancer. More than I ever did when I was younger.
    Maybe I was just more naive then, but I feel more terrified of the prospect of cancer now more than ever before.
    Like an almost irrational fear that I’m going to get it now and every single person I love will acquire it soon...I end up thinking about it a lot and it’s not good for me to overthink such things.

    I just can’t seem to come to terms with the way even the healthiest of people just get it and within moments they can be gone...
    Anyone else had such fears or thoughts? Do you know anyone or yourself had cancer? How do you get through such thoughts? I’m 21 btw
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    This may seem like an odd thread...
    Recently, I feel like I’ve heard so many stories of people getting cancer and dying from cancer. More than I ever did when I was younger.
    Maybe I was just more naive then, but I feel more terrified of the prospect of cancer now more than ever before.
    Like an almost irrational fear that I’m going to get it now and every single person I love will acquire it soon...I end up thinking about it a lot and it’s not good for me to overthink such things.

    I just can’t seem to come to terms with the way even the healthiest of people just get it and within moments they can be gone...
    Anyone else had such fears or thoughts? Do you know anyone or yourself had cancer? How do you get through such thoughts? I’m 21 btw
    Busy yourself anytime you have these thoughts. Maybe focus on a funny YouTube video or go for a run or whatever. The chances of it happening to a large number of people that you know are very small.
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    Yes I do. In person what chemo did to the person just made really weak. But the person recovered the body isn't as strong as it is. In this day and age we have found cures and some to which can increase the life span of someone who is terminally ill (very costly to the NHS). It can be disputed should drugs to increase the terminally ill avavible on the NHS. We have socialised medicine although it has to be approved by the government. Germany and America generally are ahead with treatment.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    This may seem like an odd thread...
    Recently, I feel like I’ve heard so many stories of people getting cancer and dying from cancer. More than I ever did when I was younger.
    Maybe I was just more naive then, but I feel more terrified of the prospect of cancer now more than ever before.
    Like an almost irrational fear that I’m going to get it now and every single person I love will acquire it soon...I end up thinking about it a lot and it’s not good for me to overthink such things.

    I just can’t seem to come to terms with the way even the healthiest of people just get it and within moments they can be gone...
    Anyone else had such fears or thoughts? Do you know anyone or yourself had cancer? How do you get through such thoughts? I’m 21 btw
    Life is full of such uncertainties and risks. Just think about how many things there are that can potentially harm any one of us at any given moment, and then when you realise that you accept the vast majority of these risks without any anxiety, there is absolutely no logical reason for you to continue giving cancer any special status.

    Obviously that's easier said than done, I do understand why so many people have this extreme anxiety over cancer in particular. The media is constantly shoving cancer scare stories in our faces and it is treated almost like some kind of demonic possession as opposed to just another unfortunate disease. Which is all cancer ultimately is, just another disease. Diabetes kills almost as many people as cancer. Heart disease kills far more people than cancer and diabetes combined. Do you have the same anxiety over diabetes and heart disease? I'm certain you don't, because these things have not been built up in your mind to be something more demonic and monsterous than they actually are.

    If it helps, know that the vast majority of people never get cancer in their lives, and for the unfortunate ones who do, the majority survive it and survival rates continue to rise (they have more than doubled in the past decade alone). There are hundreds of different types of cancers of varying degrees of severity, very few of them are untreatable, many can now be completely cured with relative ease and treatment techniques are constantly improving.

    Kevin De Bruyne is right. The best way to deal with these intrusive, unpleasant thoughts is to ignore them and occupy yourself with something else, it's difficult and will take willpower at first, but it will eventually work. Your thoughts are not reality, so don't let them gain any power over you by ruminating upon them, dismiss them and move onto to something else.
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    Yeah I worry about it. I get a lot of headaches and I worry that I have a tumour or something. I got glasses that have helped but I'm still worried "What if I have cancer but now won't ever know until it's too late". It's only a passing thought though.
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