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73yr old female with swelling along right side from eye to jawline. extremely red, and swollen lump at jawline. has had no medical care for years, and refuses to be seen by dr. she has smoked for years, and drinks 2 beers nightly.

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Dr. Cornelius Oleary
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Healthy influence: That is a tough situation. I would advise you to encourage her to visit a physician using people she trusts for information. One must try to do their best ethically to encourage a friend or relative to seek medical care when appropriate but we have the freedom to choose when we seek medical care. Explain that she can get diagnosed but the choice to be treated would be up to her, and would be good.
Answered on Dec 10, 2015

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