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if a mass shows up in lungs does it mean i have cancer

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: The large majority of lung masses in non-smokers are old scars. In my part of the country, it's usually histoplasmosis, but a variety of other inflamm ... Read More

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A member asked:
Dr. Obiageli Ezewuiro
13 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Challenging: This can be challenging, but serial imaging could help. Scar tissue will remain stable while mass will be stable or increase in size depending on if i ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
THAT'S the question!: The smaller you make the cutoff, the more false-positives you get. Screening has led to a tremendous increase in cases found, but very little overall ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Victor Bonuel
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Likely not cancer: Asymmetry in muscle mass in the chest wall (pectoralis) can be explained by inequality in pressure exerted by the upper arm while doing isotonic or is ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
It doesn't mean: there is chest wall invasion(MRI would show it), and it doesn't mean you have cancer. Depending on other MR features, and assuming no mammogram, ultr ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
34 years experience Pediatrics
No: It just means a "lump" of some sort. They can be cysts, lipomas, vascular structures, lots of different things. It doesn't automatically mean cancer ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Not always : But it should be evaluated. Depending on it size and appearance, your doc may be more or less inclined to get a biopsy. I'm assuming he/she will if i ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ramji Rajendran
15 years experience Radiation Oncology
Bowel mass: A mass does not necessarily mean you have cancer. Would see your doctor for colonoscopy, endoscopy, and further evaluation.
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A female asked:
Dr. David Hall
Specializes in Urology
Need more info: What kind of scan? Renal Ultrasound, CT (with and without IV contrast), MRI, etc? What did report say exactly? Perhaps simple cyst? If so, nothing to ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
That would be: the main consideration, unfortunately.

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