We all know someone who has had to fight the “Big C.” The disease has permeated every facet of our society and is non-discriminatory. It doesn’t matter what your social status is, your financial background, or even your cultural make up. Cancer is on a rampage and it seems like we’re fighting a losing battle. If we don’t have it, every time we get a little twinge, feel a little tired, or otherwise are just not up to par a little anxiety comes up in the back of our minds. We may not vocalize it, but it has crossed our minds. Consider the comments made at HealthyWomen.com,
If you’re scared that you will one day hear the words, “You have breast cancer,” you’ve got plenty of company. Breast cancer is the most feared cancer among women. Sometimes, it’s not just the word “cancer” that’s at the root of the fear, but dread of issues associated with treating cancer.
However, unlike the situation 30 years ago, there are now more ways to beat the disease and the treatment over the years has continued to improve. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.
Don’t Allow the Fear to Overtake You
While it is perfectly understandable to have some level of fear, especially if you’re in a high-risk group, there are times when women have allowed their fears to put their lives in even more jeopardy. They let their anxiety overtake them so much so that they put off getting the proper exams so they won’t have to deal with the bad news. They seem to be in a place where they feel that if no one tells them they have cancer, then they won’t possibly have to deal with it.
However, in today’s world of modern medicine, much of the success in treating cancer lies in early detection. So, putting off those examinations may actually bring on the very thing you fear the most. According to the American Cancer Society,
Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests.
So, while fear may motivate you to put off having the screening, don’t allow it to overtake you. The earlier you face the problem the better your chances of having a full recovery.
Understand Your Fear
Fear is like an invisible enemy, once you face it, it will eventually lose its power over you. Psychologists all agree that the fear of breast cancer is very different from any other fear. It can take many different twists and turns depending on what experiences you’ve had with breast cancer in the past. However, fear is one of those things that people tend not to share and try to keep to themselves. Many doctors believe this is a dangerous practice and rather than allow their patients to feed into that fear they work to help you to quell it. Consider the comments made at BreastCancer.org,
It’s normal to have concerns about a disease that you hear about and see around you relatively often – and that you may have experienced yourself or through a loved one. Don’t let the discussion of fear… feed into your own fears.
Keep in mind that you are not the only one to have this fear so it’s best to discuss it with someone. Remember, fear and worry do not solve the problems of tomorrow but they can certainly rob you of your joy today. So, if you’re concerned about the risk of breast cancer, keep in mind that some fear is perfectly normal but you are the one in power. Once you take back your life from fear, you’ve placed yourself in a better position to be the kind of woman you were always meant to be.