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A 31-year-old female asked:

Does a four day treatment of prednisone (40 mg,30 mg, 20 then 10mg) for asthma increase cancer risk?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No: Even higher doses are not a known risk factor for cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: This med mimics a stress hormone your body makes every day. Higher doses help you heal faster by stabilizing the membranes in your body/lungs. It is not a cancer risk.This is a pretty standard approach to treating a flare up.

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