Receiving the horrible news that you have cancer should immediately take your mind to one place and one place only–recovery. This article will give you the strength you need to stand up against cancer.
Cancer can be a trying time, both for the person and the family. There are many approaches to treating and curing cancer. In addition, the way both you and your friends and family deal with it can vary from one person to the next. A doctor can provide advice and guidance in all of these areas, so it is important to make regular appointments with one.
Detecting cancer early can mean the difference between life and death. It is important to schedule tests and screenings regularly in order to determine whether or not you might have cancer before you become symptomatic. When possible, it’s also good to give yourself a self-examination, such as a breast or testes exam, to see if anything seems abnormal.
The first thing smokers should do when diagnosed with cancer is quit. Many people who have cancer erroneously believe that there is no point in quitting smoking since they are ill already. That’s wrong, though. Cigarettes are called “cancer sticks” for a reason. The chemicals in the cigarettes significantly reduce the chance that you will recover.
If you quit smoking, it lowers your chances of getting lung cancer, but it also protects you against colon cancer. Studies have indicated that colon polyps increase in size due to the carcinogens in tobacco. Just another reason to avoid smoking.
If your loved ones have cancer, it is a good idea to attend appointments with them. You will be able to ask questions they had not thought of before and support them through this difficult experience.
Depression can have a negative impact on your overall health and increase the likelihood that your cancer will grow. They might just give in.
When you are diagnosed with cancer be ready to make some new “friends”. Your medical team will feature an oncologist, your doctor and nurses and your emotional support team will include friends and family, as well as support group members. You can’t beat cancer by yourself, so open your heart up and start fighting!
You may have heard that drinking alcohol can reduce your risk of developing cancer. The only reason wine prevents cancer is because it is made with grapes. Ingesting a big amount of alcohol could place you at more risk in developing cancer.
If you find that the medication or treatment you are receiving for cancer is causing stomach complications, the problem might be because of coffee. Stop drinking it. Caffeine in coffee can increase the intensity of stomach upset, so it’s best to remove it from your diet. You should also get rid of caffeine from other sources, including tea, soft drinks, and chocolate.
Joining a support group focused on cancer is a good idea for you, whether you are an ongoing sufferer, or just recently diagnosed. You can talk to other sufferers about how you can physically and mentally cope with this disease. Most groups allow you to bring family members.
Tell your friends and family about the diagnosis in an open and honest manner. If you try to act fearless and stoic, you can end up feeling even more secluded and desolate when what you most need is a loving and compassionate support system. Being open with your family will strengthen your bond, and benefit everyone involved.
When going out in the sun, cover up with clothing to reduce your chance for skin cancer. The sun’s ultraviolet light can quickly burn unprotected skin, and lead to potentially fatal melanomas. If your skin is fair, use waterproof sunscreen with a high index of at least SPF 30.
No matter what goes into the fight, the ultimate goal is always to beat the cancer. Doctors can physically treat you, but sometimes a hospital isn’t the best emotional treatment.