The mere mention of the word cancer has the ability to strike fear into anyone’s heart. Those who have never been told “you have cancer”, will never really understand the weight of those words. No matter whether the cancer is a death sentence or is treatable, a cancer diagnoses means making serious life changes. Hopefully, the ideas from this article can help to demystify cancer, and make it somewhat easier to cope with the disease and its effects.
Maintaining your health with a healthy weight, a nutritious diet, and exercise is important because they reduce your chance of cancer, and increase your ability to fight cancer. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, drink a lot of water, and exercise at least 30 minutes a day to stave of cancer and improve your life.
Be prepared for physical changes that could occur from the cancer treatments. Ask your doctor about different side effects. If you are worried about perhaps losing your hair or getting a pale complexion, consider buying a wig and some new makeup in advance.
Always have a voice for yourself and don’t be afraid to use it when you need to be heard. Plenty of people still live under false stereotypes of the “cancer patient”. They may think you are unable to perform your job or may be contagious, take this chance to prove them wrong. Have a good answer planned in advance and answer them immediately. This may help you to retain control of how others interact with you during treatment.
To avoid getting certain types of cancer, such as colon cancer, it’s best to educate yourself about their symptoms. So if you have symptoms like blood in your stool, unexplained weight loss or cramping then you could have colon cancer. Get checked if you have these symptoms.
Regardless of the specifics of your cancer diagnosis, there are many treatments and resources available to you to help make your life better. The information from this article might be able to give you some hope and ideas on how you can battle your own cancer and find strength to do it.