When you are diagnosed with cancer, it is absolutely normal when you suddenly feel scared or panic. To cope with all those fear and anxiety, discover more about the potential symptoms and cause of these feelings.

The Fear and Anxiety in Dealing with Lung Cancer

Why Do Feel Anxious?

Anyone who is diagnosed with cancer is going to be hard to deal with the fact. Therefore, it is very normal if you feel panic, frightened, or anxious from time to time. How to handle that feeling relies on:

  • The type of person you are
  • How dangerous your cancer is
  • The care you have
  • How much support that you have from your family and friends
  • Panic and fear

You start to feel afraid and worried about what can happen to you next. You might think of what caused you to have cancer. Cancer can be caused by cigarettes, chemical radiation, food or even asbestos exposure. Although not many people agree that asbestos is one of the causes of cancer, the facts show that asbestos exposure has been associated with lung cancer.

You might have a far more worst feeling such as a panic attack, that is quite different from the feeling of a self-concern.

This strong feeling can be very frightening, and you might feel that you are not handling the disease well. But there’s no right or wrong when it comes to cancer. Each person is handling the situation differently, and many things rely on the other situation of our lives.

What Are the Causes of Lung Cancer?


Lung cancer is strongly associated with cigarette smoking. 90% of lung cancers are increasing as a result of the use of tobacco. The risk of lung cancer arises with a number of cigarettes which are smoked over time. Doctors point out this risk regarding pack-years of the history of smoking per day and multiplied by the number of years.

Among those smokers who smoke two packs of cigarette or more per day, one in seven smokers will die due to the lung cancer. The risk is even much higher when you smoke more.

Passive smoker

The inhalation of tobacco smoke from the active smokers sharing living or working places is also caused risk factor for the lung cancer development. Research has proven that nonsmokers who live with a smoker have increased the risk of developing lung cancer by about 24% when compared with other non-smokers.

Asbestos Fibres

Asbestos fibres are silicate fibres which can persist for lifespan in lung tissues after the exposure to asbestos. The common source of the asbestos fibres exposure is the workplace because asbestos was extensively used in the past for both acoustic insulation and thermal materials.

Both lung cancer and also mesothelioma are related to exposure to asbestos. Cigarette smoking greatly increases the probability of developing an asbestos-related lung cancer in workers who were exposed. Those asbestos workers who also smoke have a risk which is from 50 to 90 times greater compared to the non-smokers. Use professional help to remove asbestos. Householders may legally remove asbestos from their property. However, it is recommended that only a licensed professional remove loosely-bound asbestos. A list of licensed asbestos removalists in Sydney is available on the Worksafe NSW website.

When handling asbestos material, you should take precautions to minimise the release of asbestos fibres. If you do not feel confident to safely handle or remove the material, you should engage a licensed asbestos removalist.

Radon Gas

Radon gas is also known as the cause of lung cancer. It is estimated that 12% of the deaths of lung cancer attributable to radon gas or around 15,000 to 22,000 deaths related to lung cancer annually in the Australia.

Handling Cancer: Fight or flight response

When the body tackles something frightening or stressful, it releases adrenaline which prepares the body for fighting the stress or running from it. It is known as a fight or flight response that causes you to jump off the street to avoid being hit a motorcycle, or a car appeared out of nowhere.

Adrenaline causes your body functions to increase, heart beats faster and muscles to contract. It may also cause intestinal motility to die.

The more you feel worry, the more likely that the fight and escape response and the symptom increase. It can be a dangerous circle, and you can feel as if you have no control over the situation you are dealing with.

Being Healed

The first thing that people with cancer will ask is whether or not they will die. Some of the cancer patients are successfully cured and even live for years. Even those who cannot be cured, the treatment can help the patients to overcome the pain and discomfort or slow down the growth of cancer.

A doctor cannot say for certain that cancer has been cured. It cannot be said that cancer may not come back again. Knowing that one lives in uncertainty makes things even more difficult for the cancer patients.

To help those who live such kind of uncertainty, there are ways that may help, including:

  • Meet a specialist, nurse or consultant. Talk with them
  • Find out the condition of your disease
  • Talk to your closest ones such as family and friends regarding your feelings