Skin cancer is more common than breast, lung, and prostate cancer. The cure rate for squamous and basal cell carcinomas is close to 95 percent but only if treated in the early stages. The survival and cure rate for advanced stage cancers is at 62 percent. Melanoma is the main cause for skin cancer deaths. And cancer patients go through an array of adverse psychological and emotional reactions such as sadness, anxiety, disbelief, and depression. Some 13 percent of cancer patients have severe depression. They also suffer from insomnia and anorexia. Skin cancer is a life-threatening illness. And patients need psychological support and care. It takes time to adjust and cope with negative emotions. The mind wrestles for control. But there are factors that help patients to cope, easing their journey. People who express their feelings and emotions are warriors.
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