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what are the critical ways to tell that you have cancer?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Several ways to tell: Patients who have Cancer may be asymptomatic for variable period of time but soon begin to have symptoms of pain, swelling, fever(persistent) loss of appetite and loss of weight which will draw your attention enough to go seek medical advice. Next step is doctor's examination which may reveal tumor/s(swelling) and make him/her to order blood tests or X-rays which will show abnormalities.

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A 20-year-old member asked:

Are people with lupus more likely to develop cancer?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
No: Lupus is not associated with cancer. It is autoimmune disease.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How is cancer diagnosed?

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Dr. Pallav Mehta
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Either by some symptom (something unusual you feel or notice about yourself - i.e. Pain) or sign (something your doctor notices during an evaluation - i.e. Tenderness on exam) or through a screening test. We currently have approved screeing tests for cervical, breast, colon/rectal, and prostate cancers.
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Which types of tumors are cancerous?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Malignant: By definition, malignant tumors are cancerous. A tumor is just an abnormal swelling - many times it is benign (no serious, imminent concern). But if it is found to contain cancerous cells, it is then malignant.
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How do I know the stage of my cancer?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
Ask your Dr: The easiest and most reliable way is to ask your doctor for your stage.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if this type of cancer is avoidable by not smoking or drinking?

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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics and Gynecology 43 years experience
Several: Lung cancer. Oropharyngeal cancer. Even cervical cancer is increased in smokers. But not smoking or drinking is not protective. This just reduces your risk.

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