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It's hard was posted 04/20/2015 12:48 am by Anonymous
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I admit, I have gone through panic moments too. But I agree with the other poster.... the vast majority of us while not inherit PC in a direct way from our parents. Of course, our fears do not always listen to reason.....

So it is always good for all of us to keep in mind the few things that have been associated with PC, so we can actively decrease our risk by working on these. Don't smoke. Don't drink too much, especially to the point where you develop pancreatitis. Don't get diabetes.... or if you have it, aggressively treat it with diet/exercise and metformin. Probably eating healthy may help a little...

I also agree with seeing your primary care doctor. It's good to remind them of your family history, as well as your anxiety about this. Make sure you are up to date with your usual, age appropriate cancer screening (mammograms, PAPs, colonoscopy probably by 50 or even sooner if you have others with PC or colon cancer in your family).

Are you usually an anxious person? Is your fear now starting to impact your life? Honestly, it may be worth thinking of starting an anxiety medication or talking with someone if you are feeling overwhelmed.

Or simply getting out and exercising more (yeah! It's spring/summer!!). Exercise will decrease your cancer risk AND improve your mood. Walking is exercise! Two for one... Love it.

Hang in there. You can do this.

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