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Are People That Have Cvid At A Higher Risk If Cancer
Sadly, but yes: Unfortunately patients and family members of cvid patients have an unusually high incidence of IgA deficiency, autoimmune diseases, autoantibodies, and malignancy. Our body has its own surveillance system that destroys cancer cells. With an immune deficiency these cells are much less in number and less effective. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Varied Answers: Cancer rates appear to be higher for a couple of reasons. Detection and documentation is better in developed industrial nations. Also, patients are living longer so that they have the opportunity to get cancer. Finally, there is also increased exposure to toxins in the industrial nations which have the potential to be carcinogens. ...Read more
Is it true that because I have thrombocytopenia does that mean I have a higher risk of developing cancer?
Unlikely...: Thrombocytopenia can be caused by a variety of conditions. The most common is that platelets are being destroyed (immune-mediated thrombocytopenic purpura (itp)). Low platelets can be caused because the body can't produce them (bone marrow suppression due to viral infection, leukemia, mds, myelofibrosis, aplastic anemia). Talk with your doc or see a hematologist to really know your risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are cancer rates higher for people who live near a nuclear reactor? Does living there increase the risk of cancer?
Unlikely: As long as the nuclear reactor is operated under standard us government guidelines, then the risk is low. As we have seen in chernobyl, japan, and even three mile island, accidents do happen and in this sense there is a risk. From a statistical standpoint, you are much more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than to develop cancer from living nearby a nuclear reactor. ...Read more
Why do Asian countries have higher cancer rate if their diets contain more allium/cruciferous vegetables (proven antitumoral effects)?
Not always diet: Most malignancies are due to carcinogens and viruses. In China, much of the food is not well controlled and carcinogens may be present in high levels in villages. Many viruses are also present. In Japan, the high level of gastric cancer was associated with the polishing of rice that for many years was accomplished with asbestos ...Read more
Milan study says smokers who give up have higher risk of cancer due to cell repair mechanism leading to unrestrained cell growth. True?
Must be distorted: This is simply not true epidemiologically. As a pathologist, there's a lot more cell turnover in a current smoker's lung than there is after they stop. The molecular pathways of cancer are numerous and being clarified as we go, but this doesn't make sense. I've noticed over the years that medical research from italy in particular tends to get scrambled in the media even worse than other science. ...Read more
How long can you live without a spleen?Higher chance of cancer or no?And can you live to 80 without a spleen if no complications? Reasking as noanswer
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