Worried about cancer?
Many people worry about cancer at some point in their lives. You may find yourself worrying about whether you will get cancer in the future. Or cancer may be affecting your life right now.
If you are worried because you have cancer, or you know someone with cancer, visit CancerHelp UK for information on the help and support available. Cancer Research UK also have a team of specialist cancer nurses who can respond to questions and concerns about cancer:
- Call 020 7061 8355 or freephone 0808 800 40 40 (9am-5pm, Monday-Friday)
- Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are worried about any signs or symptoms of cancer then visit your GP straight away. You may not have cancer but it's best to be sure.
Worrying about making the right choices?
The information on this site is designed to help you make healthy choices that will decrease your risk of getting cancer. You may not be able to follow all of this advice all of the time. This does not mean that you will definitely get cancer in the future.
Not all cancers are preventable. But looking after yourself as much as possible can help you enjoy a healthy life.
When worry becomes a problem
Some worry is normal. But too much worry can be harmful for your mental and physical wellbeing. If worrying about cancer all the time is affecting your life then you may need some help.
You may be so worried about cancer that it is seriously affecting the way you live your life. Or, from time to time you may experience a sudden rush of fear and panic. When some people worry a lot they also feel a lack of control over their own thoughts and the way they behave.
The good news is there are organisations that offer information and support on managing anxiety. Your GP may also be able to help you.
Mind have an excellent range of booklets available on their website - www.mind.org.uk. Titles include ‘Understanding Anxiety’, ‘How to stop worrying’ and ‘Relaxation’.
Mind also offers information and support on the MindinfoLine:
- Call 0845 766 0163 (9.15am-5.15pm, Monday-Friday)
- Or e-mail email@example.com
Other specialist anxiety organisations
As well as Mind, there are several other charities that help people who suffer from panic attacks, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Try these helplines for information and support:
- No Panic - 0808 808 0545 (10am-10pm every day)
- First Steps to Freedom - 0845 120 2916 (10am-10pm every day)
The National Phobics Society also offers e-mail support from their extensive website - www.phobics-society.org.uk.
Question about cancer? Contact our information nurse team