Hi, I hope your friend is able to find peace! He should be encouraged to seek counceling. The fear he is having is WAY beyond normal. Maybe he falls into a hypochondriac (sp) type thing????
I can only tell you my experience....My mother had breast cancer at age 30, she had a masectomy. SIX MONTHS later, she was diagnosed with a second and different cancer in her other breast. Again had a masectomy. The doctors at the time had never seen two different cancers at the same time before. She recovered and survived. Her sister got breast cancer at age 35 and passed away at age 38 as a result of cancer spreading. Their mother (my grandmother) had a early stage cancer removed, and my first cousin was just diagnosed w/ breast cancer at age 40.
I am age 35, and am TERRIFIED of breast cancer. I feel like it may even be my demise. I have already had two lumps removed, after biopsy showed a-typ cells, both benign thankfully. I think about it often and am even going for the genetic testing and if that is positive, i will elect to have a elective profatic masectomy. Is this over the top? I don't know, but i can tell you that i don't have thoughts of it consuming me all the time. I will say that if i find something funny in my breast, i do become worried, but i don't automatcially think it is breast cancer.
If your friend is really worried, maybe they could have one of those total body scans?
Anyways, just wanted to share my experience, hope it helps put prespective on how much your friend is being "over" worried when there is no history or proven problem.
2003, dx moderate UC
2000, dx selective IGA deficiency w/ anti IGA antibodies
2000, dx Antipholipid Antibody Syndrome
1999-current, chronic hemmoragic ovarian cysts, w/ partial ovary removal
1977, complete reconstruction of foot after lawnmower accident (chronic pain)
6mp 75mg, prednisone 40mg (just starting meds again)
percocet 5mg 3x day
potassium 3x day