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Scared of Cancer
Dec 24, 2006
I am not sure if this is the right place to post this, but this has been bothering me and I'd liek to get it off my chest and have someone to talk to about it.
I'm 21 and would deem myself as a casual smoker ( not any more, but I'll get to that). I got a sore throat about a week ago and it hasen't went away. through the process of trying to figure out what it is I became very nervous that I may have throat cancer.

What I am wondering is if this seems reasonable for a 21 year old to have throat cancer who didn't smoke that much. I also don't have any of the other symptoms associated with cancer, such as a heavy caugh, weezing, etc.
The fear and guilt I've put myself through have ruined my holidays. I find myself scared, frustrated and lonely in this thinking. I have went to the clinic and the nurse said it was likely just allergies, but I am awaiting a strep throat test as well. I'm scared to death of cigarettes now as I don't ever want to have an experience like this again. All I can do is hope and pray that it's not cancer.

Any preventative tips if this ends up all clear? Whats the best ways to maek srue I don't end up with cancer.?
Thanks for your time , it means alot to me.
You said you smoked very little and you are only 21 years of age, it's really good that you quit because you chances of getting cancer or tobacco related disease will be reduced dramatically as you are still young and not much damage has been done.

I would trust your doctors office and I agree it's probably just a sore throat, from a virus. If it keeps persisting, simply go back to the doctor for further testing. I do not think its cancer though and you should not over worry yourself.

Happy holidays!
There are MANY MANY things that can cause a persistent sore throat, some QUITE severe sore throats as well I might add. Some STD's can be very very severe in the throat for example, and can last along time without antibiotic treatment. There is any number of possibilities, but at your age it is unlikely you have cancer.

I congratulate you for stopping smoking at such a young age, it is one of the TOUGHEST addictions to fight and can have a devastating impact on your health as the years pass. I love my girlfriend to pieces and am trying to get her to quit as she is only 20, not to mention the damage inflicted on those around her with second-hand smoke.

Keeping my fingers crossed,

i.n.





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