Friday, January 6, 2012

Cancerophobia: The Fear of Cancer

Cancerophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of cancer.  It is also known as Carcinophobia.  Those who suffer from this phobia have an irrational fear of developing cancer.

A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.

Do you suffer from Cancerophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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