Cancer risk?

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I was reading about Epstein Barr's virus and most sources say it is related to certain types of cancer (lymphoma.) I don't drink and I don't smoke. I drink lots of water and I try to eat healthy but I'm terrified of getting cancer.

Most people get mono when they're kids/teens/young adults. Does anyone know if people who got the disease as an adult (+25 years old) are at greater risk? eek

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    Hi Dan,

    maybe be there is a higher risk but don't worry about something you have no control over. I also have glandular fever and I don't drink or smoke either and I'm 40! Better days are happening but it's so slow. 

    I can't even think about anything else other than just getting better from this virus. I'd say don't worry. Xx

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    Hey Dan,

    When I went through the virus I was scared when I read those kind of stories too - I just want to reassure you that it's highly unlikely anything like that would happen - if you consider that they say that 75% of the world population is infected with the glandular fever virus, then take heart from that because it's no more likely that that they might say it for something else - so don't want you to worry and the vast majority of people do get better, and the fact you don't drink or smoke and eat healthily makes it all the more likely you will make a full recovery, and no I'm not aware of anything that says anything aged 25+ is at greater risk so try not to worry about that and just focus on taking things slowly - it can take some time to recover fully so don't panic if it doesn't come right away it can be normal for that to happen but still make a full recovery, this is what happened for me.

    Craig

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      Thanks your responses. I feel calmer now. I must admit that I should stop googling my symptoms. I get very anxious whenever I read the word "cancer risk". Feeling tired all the time with all these symptoms makes me think about the worst. I guess I'll have to be patient because a full recovery is not going to happen overnight.

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      It's only natural Dan to feel that way, yes it's only the bad stories you read about on google usually but this forum here has some amazing people on it who give good advice and encouragement rather than scaremongering stories.

      Hang in there you are definitely going to get better - I know it's not easy to be patient but it will come!

      Craig

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