Even the word “cancer” causes many people to shiver in fear. Those who have never received a diagnosis of cancer, likely cannot fathom the anxiety such an event produces. Regardless of whether your cancer is deemed treatable or otherwise, significant life changes are certain to occur. The information provided in this article can help make your diagnosis a little easier to manage.
Cancer is very difficult for both the patient and his family. Cancer treatment is always advancing, so work closely with a doctor. Some cancers can even be cured these days.
With cancer, early detection is important and will increase the chance of cure. Be sure to get screenings and make appointments for them that include tests so you can be aware of any cancer cells that are starting to develop. 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.
Remember that you still need exercise, even when you have cancer. Exercise increases healthy blood flow to all parts of your body. Increased blood flow throughout your body helps chemotherapy and other cancer treatments circulate better and attack more cancer cells.
If you have been diagnosed with cancer you need to quit smoking right away. A lot of cancer victims think that it’s okay to keep smoking since they’re already sick. Cigarettes can cause further damage to your body because they contain cancer causing agents, which diminish your body’s ability to recover.
Make sure you are speaking up for yourself. Some people still have distorted views on cancer, and they may think you cannot do your job properly or that they can catch cancer from you. It may be useful to plan your answers to these types of questions in advance. Being able to respond to such concerns will help your relationship with others during your cancer treatment.
Regular physical exercise can decrease your risk of developing colon cancer by as much as 40%. Those who regularly exercise are usually in better shape and are able to maintain a more healthy body weight than others. Therefore, they can usually avoid diseases that encourage cancer, such as diabetes. So always ensure that some exercise is part of your day.
If you quit smoking, it lowers your chances of getting lung cancer, but it also protects you against colon cancer. Tobacco can single-handedly boost the size of polyps found in colons, and the carcinogens in cigarette smoke is easily absorbed by the colon as well. These facts just combine to provide all the more reason you should become tobacco free.
Do not be scared to feel a bit of discomfort if you have to get your breasts screened for cancer. It only lasts a short time, and is more than tolerable. It just could be that you have cancer and it is caught in time to prevent you from losing your life and your breasts. Push through any fear or discomfort you have and get the screening.
No matter the stage of cancer you’re in, you can do many things to improve your life, and get help and support from others. Hopefully, the tips laid out here have lightened the load you carry, as well as provided direction on approaching your cancer fight with knowledge, power and a renewed, emboldened spirit.