When we encounter bad things and big problems in our lives, we can drive ourselves mad if we do not have an outlet for expression. At the very least, we need some help coping with issues from time to time. This is definitely true with cancer. Here are some great tips for helping you to cope with the news that you have cancer.
If you get diagnosed with cancer early, you will have better chances of winning your battle. There are many powerful tests and screening procedures that can provide evidence of cancer even before you experience any symptoms. You should perform a self examination of breasts or testes once monthly, to detect any changes.
The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is a cause of cervical cancer. This virus causes genital warts, which are transmitted by sexual contact. The only way to prevent the spread of HPV is the use of condoms and abstinence, or a vaccine that protects against the disease. Be responsible and don't practice unprotected sex. The possibility of cancer isn't worth the risk.
There are certain tests that aid in the early detection of certain cancers. These tests can detect cancer cells before they cause any symptoms, increasing the chances for successful treatment. See your doctor regularly and have the recommended tests for breast cancer, testicular cancer and pap smears. Early detection is key to surviving cancer.
Older adults are at higher risk for developing certain types of cancer. Approximately 75% of cancers are diagnosed in people aged 55 and older. As the risk rises, so does the importance of staying healthy and physically fit. Regular doctor visits, normal body weight, a healthy diet, self-exams and cancer screening tests can all help to reduce the risk.
Open up to others with cancer. You may feel that your friends and family, who have never had cancer, may not understand what you are going through. There are many support groups for those who have cancer or have survived cancer. There are also online message boards and forums where people speak candidly.
Finding peace is important when you are battling cancer. Being at peace with yourself is about more than accepting the fact that you may not make it; it's about cherishing what you have and what you may be leaving behind. Finding peace is actually how most people find the strength to keep fighting.
Spirituality plays an important role in the fight against cancer. Now, you do not have to believe in any higher power per se, but there is plenty of documented evidence that a person's belief in something greater than themselves can instill the confidence necessary to fight cancer until it's defeated.
If you have cancer or if someone you love has the disease, one of the first things you should do is work to deal with your own feelings on the matter. Do not allow for any negative feelings to bleed over into someone else's life. Face those fears head on and work on keeping those emotions at bay.
Check your available surgical options compared to your chemotherapy options and vice versa when fighting cancer. Maybe surgery can help you to get rid of the cancerous tumor, and maybe chemotherapy is your better option. When a doctor suggests one, be sure that you ask about the other. Cover all your bases here.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer, make an effort at the end of each day to write down one good thing that happened. There will be times where you feel frustrated, sick and discouraged. Reminding yourself of the good things in your life will help you maintain a positive attitude.
Eat at least 2 servings of blueberries a day. Studies have shown blueberries contain pterostilbene. Pterostilbene is said to help prevent colon-cancer. In addition, blueberries have Vitamin C. Large does of vitamin C have been linked to a decrease in oral lesions. Breakfast is a great time to include them in your diet.
Try not to smother a family member or friend who has cancer. ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FOR METASTATIC LUNG CANCER may instinctively try to be supportive and overdo it. Show your care and concern on a regular basis, but try not to snoop or contact incessantly. If you do, your actions may have the opposite effect as you desire and they may push you out of their life.
There are a host of services you can contact in order to receive help with day-to-day tasks as you fight your cancer. You can contact local churches and charities or find some type of local government assistance. You will find people who will help you by cleaning your home and handing other things if you don't have anyone to lean on.
A great tip for coping with cancer is to anticipate the physical changes you or your loved one will go through. If you research what will happen with your type of cancer and treatment, you will know what to expect and can prepare yourself mentally for the changes that will come.
If you must be outside during the peak sun hours, try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Put up a canopy or just stay under a tree to avoid getting hit by direct sunlight. You will still get sun exposure, but you will not be as exposed to the harmful rays that can lead to cancer.
Be aware of and monitor your body's signals for what it needs. If you are pooped, then get some Z's. If you are feeling run down, consider adding healthy foods to the diet. Be in tune with what your body is saying, and follow its lead.
Colon cancer is hard to detect due to a lack of easily detectable symptoms in earlier stages, so there should be much alarm if you do start to see symptoms, such as cramping, thin stools, unexplainable weight loss and bloody stools. If you experience these symptoms, call a doctor immediately.
Breast cancer — better safe than sorry
Breast cancer — better safe than sorry No one wishes to be a victim of a dangerous disease, let alone not knowing about it. In Pakistan, most women are not aware that they might already have breast cancer. This ultimately delays the screening process causing it to spread further. If not taken proper care, an unusual growth in breast cells eventually leads to the formation of a tumour — a mass of abnormal tissue. Breast cancer is an uncontrollable growth of breast cells and happens to be the top malignancy in Pakistan as well as the most common invasive cancer in women all across the world.
An ultrasound, MRI and a CA125 blood test are some more ways of diagnosing ovarian cancer. An ultrasound or MRI are excellent ways of getting "pictures" of your ovaries to check for any questionable masses or tumors. CA125 is a protein found on the surface of ovarian cancer cells as well as on some healthy tissue. Not only is the CA125 test a great tool for diagnosis, but it is also used after treatment to see if any cancer cells have returned.
Having a few options out there, whether dealing with prevention or treatment, or even dealing with yourself or your loved ones, is a great way to be fully prepared should cancer ever inflict its damage upon you. Make sure you're memorizing these tips so that you can always use them to help.
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