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A 46-year-old member asked:

what percentage of cancers are treatable?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
All: All cancers are treatable, but many are not curable. Treatment of non-curable cancers is geared towards providing relief of symptoms, especially pain, obstruction, disfigurement, mental health, and compassionate care.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
All: Dr. Singh is correct. When i was a kid, we cured 2 out of 6 cancers (excepting the common non-melanoma skin cancers, which are easily managed). When i was in med school, it was 3 of 6; now it is 4 of six. "cancer is a word, not a sentence." be vigilant, avoid tobacco, and get seen early if you have any signs.

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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.
A 23-year-old member asked:

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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