Post # 1
I should preface this by saying that i have lots of anxiety surrounding health. I don’t know why but I have become terrified of death and illness. I just dont know how you can be tested for everything, prevent all illnesses, etc. I am 24 years old, no serious health problems, just asthma. Family history of breast cancer.
i go to the gyno once per year for my Pap smear. I go to my GP once per year for a physical (urine, bloodwork and EKG). Aside from that, what else can I do? Should I go to the dermatologist regularly to be screened for skin cancer (very pale and burn easily). Should I be seeing any other docs, having any other tests? What do you ladies do? I keep worrying ill have cancer or ALS or some brain tumor or something and it’ll go undetected because I’m not vigilant enough.
Post # 3
It sounds like for your age you are pretty on top of things. Unless cancer is really prevalent in your family I wouldn’t obsess over it. All you can do is eat healthy, exercise, don’t smoke and wear sunscreen. There are only so many things you can control.
The only realistic thing I can think of that would be pretty thorough is a total body scan – but they are super expensive what I understand (thousands of dollars).
Post # 4
I would say you’ve covered your bases! Definitely do breast exams and make sure your doctors know about your family history of breast cancer. Skin checks are a must- I am pale with a family history of melanoma so I go once or twice a year.
You do not need to worry about cancer or ALS or a brain tumor. Those are all quite rare, and you would have severe symptoms if you had them. I understand the fear, my mom has MS and I worry I will get it (even though it’s not really hereditary), but you can’t live your life in fear! You are being very proactive and unless you have symptoms, there’s not much else you need to do doctor-wise. Don’t drink execessively or smoke, eat healthy and make sure your BMI is in the healthy range, wear your seatbelt, don’t text and drive, and try to relax!
Post # 5
@MrsCreeToBe: you’re a hypochondriac. I am the same way. When I work myself up, I just try to reason with myself.
No, I don’t think there’s much more you can do. If you do have some real symptoms that persist 2+ weeks then go get yourself checked out. I sometimes make myself have symptoms and convince myself I’m sick… not cool… but I don’t bother doctors with it unless I know it’s serious.
Eat a balanced diet, wear high SPF daily.
I don’t get a physical every year… maybe I should start lol.
Post # 6
I think you only need to worry about going to the doctor for these things if you are having symptoms of an illness. Be proactive about your sun exposure, and keep an eye on moles for changes. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you may want to look into screening for the gene that plays a role in inherited breast cancer.