It's tricky, because I work in the biological sciences so I have read quite a few papers and have interpreted them as high radon = cancer, although the exact link/severity is not well known. Then I extrapolate to what else I have been exposed to - I smoked a handful of times (individual cigarettes, not for a duration of time), and traveled to several highly polluted cities in the world (Delhi, Beijing, Bangkok, Cairo, several others), although only spent a few days in each one - and I assume those exposures would contribute to my risk. Plus, I've flown many miles and had a few radiation-based medical scans, which all add up your exposure...ughhhh! I also can't stop researching (although I know I need to, because it's not making me feel any better at all). It's affecting my concentration greatly. I have recently been put on 0.5 mg Buspirone twice/daily, but it honestly doesn't really seem to be doing a thing, and I've been on it for about 2-3 weeks. I almost want to ask for something like Xanex till I come down off my extreme panic, but my doc is very reluctant to prescribe anything like that. I just want to be completely calm, even if I can't forget about things.
It doesn't help that my uncle passed of lung cancer at the age of 59, and so I keep thinking about a genetic effect (although he was a smoker for many years).
I don't think I would have worried about my other exposures if I didn't discover high radon...but now I just feel like I'm doomed and I cannot change the past.
I get OCD stuck on something and CANNOT shake it off!! This is def. my worst yet.