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A 49-year-old member asked:

i'm 20 year old male and in 2 years i've lost 20 pounds and my appetite has diminished. do i have cancer?

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Dr. Scott Diede
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Other symptoms?: Unintentional weight loss is associated with cancer, but usually there are also other symptoms. I would become more concerned if you had unexplained fevers, enlarged lymph nodes, new bruising or bleeding, pain, or a mass that you could feel. More common causes of weight loss due to decreased intake are related to the gastrointestinal system. I would see doc if you have anything in addition.
Dr. Chad Levitt
Dr. Chad Levitt commented
Radiation Oncology 22 years experience
Also depends on what percentage of total body weight 20 lbs was. Any diet or lifestyle changes could also have effect.
Feb 10, 2013

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