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how can cancer get into a body?

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Dr. Natarajan Raman
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
It is the body: Cancer is a disease due to the failure of immunosurveillance. To put it simplistically, the body is like a huge assembly line and the quality control fails to reject the defective cells that are manufactured. There are several reasons as to why the defective cells are produced and research is still continuing on the causation. Cancer can be grown in lab animals but is not done so in humans.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

How can I help prevent the cells in my body from dying prematurely?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Healthy living: There is no one step, medication, diet or other item that will address that. Caloric restriction, exercise, low saturated fat intake, no use of tobacco, and no more than one alcoholic drink a day, getting adequate sleep, maintaining a positive attitude, having a good circle of friends my be conducive to healthful life.
A 46-year-old female asked:

Can we see cancer lumps from outside of body also how long does cancer take to get bad months?

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Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 17 years experience
It depends: Some tumors can be seen by eye, felt by hand, or seen by radiologic imaging. Different cancers grow and exhibit aggressive behaviors in entirely different ways; so, it depends on the lesion.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can any part of the body get cancer?

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Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
Pathology 33 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately, any part of the body that contains cells can go on to develop some sort of tumor. These could be both benign and/or malignant.
Mason, OH
A 19-year-old male asked:

Is ionizing radiation damage permanent or does your body heal from it? ( I heard that the damage heals but when it doesn't heal ,you get cancer?)

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Predisposing factor: Body can repair some damage from ionizing radiation and it is also correct that radiation predisposes to cancer. Even non-ionizing radiation, e.g., UV light predisposes to cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.
CA
A 29-year-old female asked:

I am 29 and my boyfriend is 33 I am always scared of getting cancer or that there is cancer in my body somewhere. Please help?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Cancer fear: We all have cancer cells in our body that our immune system gets rid of as a natural process. Please see your doctor and if all is well consider seeing a clinical psychologist. You may have a health phobia. Peace and good health.

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