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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
October 16th, 2011, Chicago
Every year, many people around the world are taken in by products that promise to cure cancer. There are plenty of schemes out there looking to take money from desperate people, so be sure not fall into any of these. When it comes to cancer, knowledge is power. Keeping yourself as educated as possible about the disease increases your chances of overcoming it. You can add to your knowledge with the solid advice provided below.
Cancer is a stressful diagnosis for both the patient and his or her family. As there are different ways to treat and perhaps even cure certain kinds of cancers, have regular talks with a doctor.
Getting too much sun can lead to skin cancer, which is among the most prevalent cancers. Be sure to use sunscreen and wear a sun hat to protect yourself from the rays of the sun.
If you have cancer, you should stop smoking. Some cancer patients mistakenly reason that there is no point in quitting since they’re already sick. Smoking and the poisons in the cigarette smoke will decrease the effectiveness of your treatment and make it difficult for your body to recover properly.
When someone close to you has cancer, it is important to let them know you are available. Give your loved one a chance to express all of his deep feelings about his diagnosis and do your best to listen attentively. Don’t interrupt, contradict or give your opinion. Just listen while your loved one talks about his cancer diagnosis.
Accompany your friend or family member to his cancer appointments. Bringing along someone with a second perspective can help the patient ask the right questions when speaking to your doctor.
When dealing with cancer, whether it is you or a loved one that is suffering, it is important to be as knowledgeable as possible by reading up on it. Your confidence is, in reality, very important in these circumstances.
Be prepared to make new “friends” when you have cancer; i.e. people you have to let into your life with open arms. You will need the help of chemo specialists, oncologists, nurses and perhaps a support group to help you through it. This is a journey you cannot make alone, so form the intention of reaching out and accepting these new people into your life.
To avoid feelings of dissatisfaction, intentionally form the expectation that not all of your expectations will in actuality be met. Value all of the support you receive.
Talk to them! If you need more assistance from your loved ones and friends, just ask them in a nice way for their help. Just lay out the details about what you are going through and what type of help you need; the odds are excellent that they want to help you. Be careful, however. Approach this as a challenge. Always try to make your decisions based on love. Live with no regrets.
The more active you are in your own treatment, the better advocate for your care you will be. Stay as involved as possible with any cancer treatment you are getting. This will not help you get better faster, or at all.
If someone you know has cancer, do not hesitate to to help them make new friends. Check online for cancer support groups; there may be ones in your local area where face-to-face contact could be arranged. This will allow the person who is dealing with cancer a good way to let their emotions out.
You can easily be sucked into scams if you have cancer, and that’s because people are desperate to help themselves or their loved ones beat the disease. Even so, make sure you’re always informed and acting with the right knowledge as your guide. Use the tips in the article you’ve just read to aid in your battle.