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Cancer: How To Fight The Good Fight

When you are first diagnosed with cancer there are probably a million things running through your head. You may feel helpless and like you are doomed to succumb to this horrible disease. There is no fast and hard rule that says this is how it has to be. Of course everyone's situation is different, but there are some things that can help make your fight with cancer one that is a little more positive.

It is important that you participate in treatment, rather than believing that it is entirely up to the doctors. Your participation will support your recovery. Always stay involved in the situation. This will not help you get better faster, or at all.

Tip: Understand the symptoms of some types of cancer, like colon cancer, if you hope to catch it. Early indications can include unexplained fluctuations in your weight, bloody or thin stools and abdominal cramps.

First of all, you need to find out everything about your type of cancer that you can. Some of this information may be scary, but some of it can give you hope. The more you know, the more realistic your expectations can be. Also, when you know more, you can have more control of your situation, and this can help you feel better. You can talk to your doctor or nurse about your cancer and get answers. You can find books either at your local library or at a bookstore near you or online. Your doctor may even have a book that you can borrow. You can also find support groups in your area or online, and not only can they offer support, but they will likely have some of the information you are looking for.

Do not go to any doctor who does not make himself available to discuss your condition in a timely manner. Questions always come up and you need someone to be there to answer them. You fears and questions should always be addressed immediately.

Tip: Exercise is a great aid in battling cancer. Exercising helps to get your body's inner workings to speed up, which helps to increase blood flow throughout your body.

While you are fighting your cancer it is important to stay physically active. You should not just sit down and quit living. Get up off the couch and take a walk around the park. If you already exercise, don't give it up. Exercise is good for your mind and can help stabilize your moods and help you feel mentally better. It is also good for your body and can help you feel physically better, too.

Sun exposure between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm is the most dangerous in terms of skin cancer potential. Get your outdoor play time in before those hours and you will seriously reduce the risk of skin damage that leads to cancer.

Tip: If you find that the medication or treatment you are receiving for cancer is causing stomach complications, the problem might be because of coffee. Stop drinking it.

You should also eat a healthy diet, too. Eating healthy is like exercise and can help you feel both mentally and physically better. When you are feeling good and treating your body right, it can better fight off the cancer. Avoid foods that are fried, high in fat, full of sugar or processed. Instead, eat fruits and vegetables, foods that are lean and good for you.

Read the literature on this subject, if a loved one or you, has cancer. Confidence is quite important under these circumstances.

Tip: When you are suffering from cancer, it is important that you are open and honest with your physician, and your friends and family. Many people will try to protect you by putting on their brave face.

Allow others to help you. When you have a special person, friends or family in your life that want to help you, let them. They only want what is best for you and helping you is their way of showing you that they care. When you have cancer, your responsibilities as an adult do not stop, so let those who want to help you help. You know that you would do the same thing for them if they were the one with this horrible disease.

Tell the truth to friends and family as soon as possible. Trying to be strong and put on a brave face can make you feel isolated and alone at a time when your support system is more important than ever. Talking honestly about what is going on will help strengthen the connections between you and those you love.

Tip: Depression often causes health issues of its own, which can lead to problems treating the cancer. Depression makes it more likely that someone will stop fighting their cancer.

Look for support groups either locally or online. Finding a group of people that are going through or have gone through the same thing you are going through now can be a great comfort. You can be there for each other, share stores, laugh and cry and help support each other through your individual journeys.

Before you spend time under the sun, it's a good idea to cover your skin with either sunscreen or clothing in order to minimize your skin cancer risks. The UV rays can cause melanoma, which can be fatal if not treated. At a very minimum you should wear a sunscreen that is SPF30+, and make sure it is also waterproof.

Cancer is a horrible disease, but there are some things you can do to make the journey a little more bearable. Use the tips shared here and fight this disease with all you've got.

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