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malignant neoplasm of stomach - can it be caused by wasabi, tabasco, or other irritating hot sauce?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 years experience
No: Spicy foods do not cause stomach cancer.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What stage colon cancer has symptoms of blood in the ostomy pouch?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
None: Blood in an ostomy punch can be many things. Is it a colostomy or ileostomy? Why was the surgery done, history cancer or diverticulitis or colitis? How long ago was the ostomy surgery? Bleeding does indicate need for a doctor evaluation. Can be ostomy appliance irritation, colitis, etc. There is no cancer staging associated with intestinal bleeding.
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What kind of bleeding do colon polyps / cancer show?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Occult/hidden: Most of the time there is no visible blood. Testing for bleeding lesions requires testing for occult blood, fecal occult blood test (fbot). There is more than one method. If is recommended that this test be done three times each year on persons over the age of 50, unless they have undergone colonoscopy.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What is the best way to loose weight with out going a diet? I'm having a very time getting this weight off of me 5'9 at 242 it all in the belly...

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Dr. William Forsythe
Emergency Medicine 27 years experience
Exercise : Adding exercise and self control by reducing portion intake and eating the right foods while counting calories is best. Increase fruit and fiber intake if not eating enough. Take a yoga course or start swimming if not already. Good, low impact exercises. If considering surgical options, know that the best procedures and surgtons usually require that one starts losing weight first.
A 43-year-old member asked:

When I bend over sometimes I get sharp pain in upper abdomen?

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Dr. Jason Bodzin
General Surgery 51 years experience
Probably muscular: Many people have spasm in the rectus abdomenus muscles when bending over to tie shoes or put on socks. The way to avoid this is to bring the foot up to the seat and do it. Breathe deep at the same time. If he pain is more internal, see a gastroenterologist and see if you have ge reflux. The treatment is usually medical.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What do I do if I had a biliary colic and was diagnosed with gallstones?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
See a doctor: Have an examination and proper testing. If your doctor does determine that gallstones are causing you upper abdominal pain & nausea, ask for a referral to see a surgeon for possible consideration of laparoscopic gallbladder surgery.

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