Cancer

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    Oct 15, 2014 12:09 AM GMT
    A good friend of mines mother passed away. She had been battling cancer for awhile now. And i also lost grandparents to cancericon_sad.gif on both sides of my family.

    I'm honestly pretty afraid of getting cancer myself. Because it runs in my family, and has killed many. I also try to do routine checkups every 6 months or so. But i have this looming fear of the thing that is cancer.

    Just knowing you could have a healthy body. And cancer comes and just fucks it all up. It eats away at your system... and turns you into someone you don't even recognize.

    Is the 6 month checkup thing a good idea? or should i do it even more frequent? every 3 months? 4?

  • LJay

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    Oct 15, 2014 1:36 PM GMT
    You should sit down with a good GP and develop a relationship with him. Good doctors depend on knowing their patients and their history so that when changes occur they can notice them. Talk to the doc about the signs of cancer. Learn to notice changes in your body. Know yourself.

    My beloved GP that is now retired told me that just be being aware of myself I diagnosed myself, in effect. He got me to the right places for clear diagnosis and care but it was definitely a partnership. I have been through two bouts of cancer. Believe me. It is scary, but it is not necessarily the end of your life.

    Being fearful will not help. Having knowledge and awareness will.
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    Oct 15, 2014 4:45 PM GMT
    I second what LJay said. Also, you really shouldn't say "cancer runs in my family," since cancer is a name for a great many diseases that are all tied by uncontrolled growth if tissue.

    Unless there is a pattern of types of cancer that runs in your family, you shouldn't just assume that you are going to get cancer because other people in your family did.

    For instance, one side of my family had lots of smokers. Many of them ended up dying of tobacco-related illnesses, including cancers of the lung, throat, thyroid, etc.

    It is also true that none of the family members that didn't smoke died of cancer.

    So there you have it: be cautious, but not worried.
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    Oct 16, 2014 12:23 AM GMT
    Unless your doctor tells you that you are at a specfic risk for a certain cancer,getting checked every 6 months seems a bit much.I have had numerous people die of cancer in my family.However the cancer was most likely caused by excessive drinking and smoking.So that does not cause me to believe I might get that cancer.Eating a healthy diet and getting your prostate and testicles checked yearly after 40 seems like good advice.
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    Oct 16, 2014 4:55 AM GMT
    lifeduringwartime23 saidA good friend of mines mother passed away. She had been battling cancer for awhile now. And i also lost grandparents to cancericon_sad.gif on both sides of my family.

    I'm honestly pretty afraid of getting cancer myself. Because it runs in my family, and has killed many. I also try to do routine checkups every 6 months or so. But i have this looming fear of the thing that is cancer.

    Just knowing you could have a healthy body. And cancer comes and just fucks it all up. It eats away at your system... and turns you into someone you don't even recognize.

    Is the 6 month checkup thing a good idea? or should i do it even more frequent? every 3 months? 4?



    Consider genetic testing as well, it can give you insight if you are predispose. Genetics is only one factor, then there is environmental factors, as well as lifestyle, along with diet and exercise.
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    Oct 16, 2014 7:58 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the replies guys. I do forget that they all died of different kinds of cancer.

    But i value my health and life very much. I take care of my body... and want to live a long, healthy, happy life. And pass it onto my kids in the future. So cancer has always been a fear of mine since i was young. Making me a bit irrational sometimes... hence the 6 month checkups.
  • NealJohn

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    Oct 16, 2014 2:46 PM GMT
    The key fighting cancer is nutrition. Every human being should be proactive against this horrible epidemic. Just Google cancer fighting foods and add them to your daily diet you should be okay regardless of your genetics
  • superleuk

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    Oct 16, 2014 2:53 PM GMT
    I agree with other guys.

    Just remember to keep it in perspective, and if you find yourself being overly preoccupied by looming fearful thoughts of cancer, then you might want to talk about that with your doctor too (or perhaps a therapist).

    Because if taking reasonable precautions (like your routine check-up and staying healthy) doesn't allay your fear, then it's important you find a way to manage it. Otherwise it might continue to loom over you creating unnecessary anxiety.


    On a related topic, I literally just watched a TED talk about microRNA and how it can be used as a biomarker for early cancer detection. From a single blood test it may soon be possible to screen for multiple types of cancer before someone is displaying any symptoms.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm4fvbrMLPw
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    Oct 16, 2014 11:12 PM GMT
    My mother came back from a holiday in cambodia about 2 months ago went to the doctors for a check up and they found out she had breast cancer. Since then she has had her left tit removed and a couple of lymph nodes taken out and I could handle that because it meant I wouldn't have to see her go on chemotherapy if it worked but her results came in yesterday and the cancer seems to have spread which means she's going back in and they're gonna take more lymph nodes out and she's going to have to go on chemotherapy.

    Ive been all over the internet and Ive been watching peoples testimonies on cannabis oil and that its been killing cancer and Ive been watching shit loads of documentaries so I'm going to be making it for her and hopefully she gets some results before she's on the chemotherapy. Theres always a way and I truly believe its going to work just watching the people who document their success and crying into the camera you have to believe its true.

    and it leads to another thing that I'm fucking angry about the government allowing cigarettes to be legal and not ganja when ganja cures cancer and smokes creates cancer and the only reason cigs are legal is because they make lots of money from the tax it generates and people get addicted but they don't careā€¦..who ever is at the top of the chain making all these laws needs to be dragged out of their homes by their hair and whipped .
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    Oct 17, 2014 4:52 PM GMT
    What exactly are the type of cancer screenings you are getting every 6 months? Also, what has your doctor told you about your risk of getting cancer?