do a lot of you check yourself cuz u think you have cancer??

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   Posted 7/28/2008 11:01 PM (GMT -6)   
ok yes i do have panic attacks/axiety disorters aaand i have crohsn disease..IT SUCKS but one thing i do alll the time is finding myself checking for lumps and bumps..i always check under my armpits and my boobs for lumps cuz i am terified of getting cancer...does anyone else do this or am i a complete freak..? pleeaasse gimme your input?? btw im on no meds for this problem should i be? lol thanks guys!
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   Posted 7/29/2008 5:08 AM (GMT -6)   
At times 'health anxiety' is at the top of my list - not so much bumps and lumps - more like aches and pains with highly imaginative outcomes and diseases eyes aaaargh - hate being like this..the only cure for me at times like this is to visit my doctor and set my mind at ease :-)
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   Posted 7/29/2008 6:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes I do think I have cancer all the time. I think every ache and pain is somehow cancer that the doc has missed. I guess it's because it's so prevelent these days and we hear about it so much, that's why we fear it? You are not alone there. And I think you should talk to your doc about your concerns. Ask him/her if they think you need some medicine for the anxiety. Hope you get your answers!
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   Posted 7/29/2008 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning,

You may want to read this article regarding self breast exams:

I do not do a lot of checking unless I have a sx that could be anything from benign to a malignancy.  If I have a problem, I will just go see my physician and find out what is wrong.

Many people do check for lumps or bumps where they feel they should not be.  Try to stay in the moment and cut down slowly on these checks until you feel less stress.

Have a wonderful day.



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   Posted 7/29/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   

Health anxiety is obnoxious. I don't check, but when I stumble across anything about my body that's different, I immediately wonder about the worst possible scenario. I do go to my doctor about anything I have questions about, and that helps. I also try to remind myself that most of the conditions I fear are pretty rare, even though we hear about them a *lot* on the news.

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