"I didn't want to go to the doctor
and hear bad news, and in the back of my mind, cancer
was always a remote possibility. I was scared of that
and I didn't want to hear it."
-- Lance Armstrong
For many years, scientists, doctors, nurses, patients, and
volunteers have concentrated on the fight against cancer.
Modern medicine and advanced technology have made tremendous
strides. Cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence.
It is a variety of illnesses that, in many cases, can be cured
or treated so that the person with cancer can lead a relatively
normal, productive life.
Why, then, are we struck with disbelief and fear when a cancer
diagnosis is made? Because cancer still can be a killer and,
even if it's not, the road to recovery from cancer can be
Any cancer patient will tell you that an important part of
recovery is your mental outlook. Fear is a natural, expected
reaction. Don't be ashamed of your fears, but don't be paralyzed
by them either. Fears can be lessened if you fully understand
your family history, medical history, risk factors, and screening
and treatment options. But keep in mind that your fears feed
into each other--and can lead to a delay in diagnosis and
treatment. Your grasp of the facts and the impact they will
have on your future is the key to overcoming your fears and
turning them into hope.