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Breast cancer is the most feared cancer among women

Updated: Tuesday, Jun 22,2010, 5:36:22 PM
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Breast cancer is the most feared cancer among women.

 breast exams and mammograms, or even skip them altogether for fear of bad news. Yet these are the very examinations that can help save lives by finding cancer early on, when it's most treatable.

Here are some tips:

•Practice the art of happiness. It may be easier said than done, but try not to get weighed down with grief and worry. Boost your spirits whenever you can by meeting a friend for lunch, writing (and referring to) inspirational messages in a journal or going for a walk in a park.

•Join a breast cancer support group where you can share your anxieties with other women who are going through the same thing and have similar concerns. If you feel more comfortable chatting with others from the comfort of your home, there are safe message boards at sites like Breastcancer.org.

•Don't be afraid to express your fears to your loved ones. You're not Superwoman, and it's OK to share the burden. For many women, the old adage "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" applies.

•Take a deep breath. If you notice that your mind is swirling with worry, try meditation or deep-breathing exercises.

•Ask questions. Your mind may get ahead of you at times, so ask questions to make sure you aren't worrying unnecessarily.

•Don't let cancer define you. You had a life before cancer, and there is life after, so don't lose sight of who you are. Stay connected to the people and activities that are important to you.

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