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I came to believe it not true that "the coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave man only one." I think it is the other way around: It is the brave who die a thousand deaths. For it is imagination, and not just conscience, which doth make cowards of us all. Those who do not know fear are not truly brave.
Leo Rosten

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Carcinophobia

Fear of cancer

Information on Carcinophobia

Carcinophobia is the term used to describe a fear of cancer. Although most people may occasionally worry about this disease, those suffereing from carcinophobia are often rendered incapable of functioning because of their fears. They understand that their fears are irrational and over anxious, however they cannot separate themselves from the thoughts being triggered in their heads. Carcinophobics often jump to conclusions at the slightest bodily discomfort, truly believing that a stomach ache means they have cancer. Most commonly, carcinophobics believe that a headache is a sure sign of a brain tumor. Sufferers also believe that they will get cancer if they come into contact with someone who has cancer. Because the causes of cancer are not altogether known, when a person sees the outcomes of the condition they begin to believe that the overall environment is a cause. Associated with the fear of dying, carcinophobia causes sufferers to take excessive precautions with their health. Although some precautions, such as avoiding smoking cigarettes or exposing yourself to strong sunlight can help you prevent cancer, carcinophobics take it to the extreme as to the point where it interferes with their daily lives. Panic attacks are common with all people suffering from a phobia and can make it difficult to live a healthy and normal life. Treatments for carcinophobia first and foremost involves a personal desire for the sufferer to overcome his fears. Most therapy does nothing more than guide the patient in a process of reprogramming their brains towards a healthier outlook. Because carcinophobia can be triggered by life circumstances and provoked by a media of fear, sufferers must realign the pathways in their brains that have learned to induce panic attacks and anxiety in the presence of a worrisome thought. Therapy is the most recommended form of treatment merely for the fact that it involves the participation of the patient and is a long term solution. It can be a powerful feeling to regain control of ones life.

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