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A 39-year-old member asked:

Need expert help. i am suddenly terrified of getting cancer. what's wrong with me?

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
General Surgery 40 years experience
Nothing: I can't say that there's anything wrong with you.It's not uncommon for people to fixate on what might occur, such as heart disease, loss of a loved one, or cancer.Unless you have a massive family history, there's no reason for you to fear developing cancer.You may need counseling.No shame in that.My best advice is to enjoy your life, and take what comes. Live well, eat right, have fun. Good luck.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
This is extremely good advice. There's no understanding why these sudden fears happen -- but a good cognitive/behaviorally focused therapist can teach tricks to make them go away. Thank you Dr. Kuhnke.
Jun 12, 2013

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