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does a high white blood cell count mean i have cancer?

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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Not necessarily: White blood counts can be elevated as a result of an infection or inflammatory process. When this happens it is called a leukemoid reaction and is a normal physiologic response.
Dr. Ashok Patel
Hematology and Oncology 56 years experience
Not necessarily: While high WBC count is associated with leukemia infections are more commonly associated with high WBC count.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Not necessarily: Many conditions such as infection, inflammatory process, infarction can increase white blood cells count. This is a normal body response. However, if white blood cell counts persistently elevated in the absence of infection/inflammation &/or if it is associated with abnormality on the other blood counts-red blood and platelets -further evaluations including bone marrow biopsy is likely needed.

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Can low blood sugar cause someone to become comatose?

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If low enough: Yes. The brain relies on glucose for fuel. If glucose is too low it can harm the brain in serious ways.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Does smokeless tobacco carry a high risk of mouth cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Yes: Any use of tobacco increases the risk of cancer, at multiple sites in the body.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for one to fake a high fasting blood sugar level?

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With fingersticks: If the hands and fingers aren't clean and dry, home blood sugar readings may be inaccurate. Sugar on the fingers could end up falsely elevating blood sugar. A concomitant venous sample in lab could demonstrate a discrepancy. Also, the meter may be inaccurate. Eating before a fasting blood sugar may raise the blood sugar in someone with diabetes because it would not be fasting anymore.
A member asked:

My sister just diagnosis with grade 3 endometrial cancer with clear cells why are clear cells so aggressive?

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Dr. Michael Swor
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Various cell types: Endometrial cancer is characterized by stage and cell type. Clear cell is a description of the type of cells and simply behave in a more aggressive growth pattern than others.
Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
The clear cell doesn't make it more aggressive, but it is a description of the cell type. Endometrial or ovarian cancer when it is poorly differentiated (grade 3) has a more aggressive behavior, made more so when stage is include (extent of disease).
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A 55-year-old female asked:

Can l-arginine lower blood pressure & if so what is recommended dosage?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Possibly beneficial: In some people. Arginine is converted to nitric oxide, which has a relaxing effect on blood vessels & can thus reduce blood pressure somewhat. No standardized dose has been recommended. Be advised that arginine can also trigger or worsen viral infections like herpes. Discuss this supplement with your doc before taking it.

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