Fearing the medical check up

MBBS, MS, BA, Director Sahasi Breast Care Institute, Teacher of Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, Reiki Master

Question:

I have recently noticed a tumor in my right breast. The moment I noticed it, I am in great fear, anxiety and stress. I am reluctant to go for check up and investigations. What should I do?

Answer:

I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through this difficult time. It’s understandable to feel stress, anxiety, and fear when noticing something unusual with your health. However, it’s important to take proactive steps for your well-being. Here are some points to consider:

1. High Likelihood of Benign Tumors

As statistics shows up to 80% of breast tumors are non-cancerous (benign). Conditions like cysts or fibroadenomas are common and often not a cause for serious concern.

2. Early Diagnosis is Key

If the tumor is cancerous, early detection significantly improves the prognosis. Treatments are more effective and less invasive when started early. This is why it’s crucial to get a proper diagnosis as soon as possible.

3. Reduced Anxiety Through Knowledge

Often, the unknown can be more frightening than the reality. By seeing a healthcare professional, you can get clear information about your condition, which can reduce anxiety and help you feel more in control.

4. Support System

You can always talk to me personally or your friends or family members about your fears. Having a support system can provide emotional strength and may help you feel more confident about seeking medical advice.

5. Self-Care

While waiting for your appointment or results, try to engage in activities that reduce stress and improve your mental well-being, such as gentle exercise, meditation, or hobbies you enjoy. You can always connect with me and learn very simple, easy and beneficial techniques.

6. Professional Advice

Make an appointment with your doctor or a specialist. They can perform the necessary examinations, such as a mammogram or ultrasound, and guide you on the next steps based on the findings.

Remember, taking action is the best way to address your health concerns. Courageously seeking medical advice can lead to peace of mind and ensure that any necessary treatment can begin promptly.

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