Too much anxiety, high cancer risk?

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 9/3/2009 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Can too much anxiety make someone a candidate for the big C in the future? Or there are some personality traits like those who just "grin and bear" and absorbs all the hurt feelings make them high risk for this disease?

I've been stressing about so many things in life since I can remember.

I worry about sickness that I still don't have and then when one of my friends was diagnosed early this year with stage III breast cancer, I had a mammogram screening. The result showed several masses on both breasts so I was told to have an ultrasound too.

The doctor told me that I should not worry but wait for another 6 months to see if there's some growth. I said I would rather have it check now than drive myself crazy worrying about these masses.

During the start of the biopsy procedure I told the doctor that I would prefer to have it taken out whether it is benign or not because I wouldn't be comfortable thinking that I have an abnormal growth in my breasts. I don't want to panic myself away while waiting the next check up.

So on the same day, I had a minor surgery for the removal of the several masses (which turned out to be benign). I have no regrets for my decision and even the small scar does not bother me at all.

I believe that for someone like me who is always "anxiety ridden", I have to remove situations that would push my panic buttons. That's the way I can cope plus prayers and lots of support from people who understands what I am going through.

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 9/3/2009 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Stress causes many things, unfortunately we panic attack ridden people have lots of stress. So we're probably more prone to a lot of things. Freakin yay. Yes it sucks. But I can only be worried about so much at once.

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   Posted 9/6/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Ivory,

To the best of my knowledge, current evidence does not support the idea that stress or anxiety causes cancer or recurrence in cancer survivors.

Please remember I am not a professional.

Big breath and know we are here for you.


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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 9/6/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I do know that stress and anxiety isn't GOOD for our health. Not sure if it can increase our risk for cancer though. I did the same as you. I had this odd spot on my breast, I had read about inflammatory breast cancer, and thought for sure I had it. I saw a few different doctors. Some told me it was a skin thing, completely benign. Some told me it was a cyst. I did a mamogram and an ultrasound. They felt it was indeed a cyst. But that wasn't good enough for me and my health anxiety. I had my general surgeon remove it. It ended up being a benign skin tumor (dermatofibroma to be exact). I am glad that I did it, better to know then drive myself crazy wondering. But now with medication and a lot of positive thinking, I usually can get over something without going to extremes. It's a battle though!
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Celexa.

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