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Are people that have cvid at a higher risk if cancer?

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 more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Why is someone with diabetes at higher risk of having cancer?

Why is someone with diabetes at higher risk of having cancer?

Unclear: The exact causal relationship has not been completely defined. But adopting healthy lifestyle changes to help control diabetes may help to decrease cancer risk. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are cancer rates higher in developed industrial nations?

I'm wondering why are cancer rates higher in developed industrial nations?

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

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Do people who fly a lot like flight attendants have a higher rate of development of cancer?

Do people who fly a lot like flight attendants have a higher rate of development of cancer?

Breast, melanoma: There does seem to be a correlation between length of time as a flight attendant and increased risk of cancer above the general population, particularly breast cancer and melanoma, as per an icelandic study in 2001. It likely is in part due to increased exposure to cosmic radiation. ...Read more

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We read a lot about childless women having higher cancer risks. How serious is this? Should we be worried about it at age 34?

We read a lot about childless women having higher cancer risks. How serious is this? Should we be worried about it at age 34?

Do not worry: Not having children does not raise your risk of cancer. Pregnancy has its own complications. Do keep your weight under control, exercise regularly and avoid tobacco and alcohol. ...Read more

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We read a lot about childless women having higher cancer risks. Is remaining childless a dangerous thing? How serious is this?

We read a lot about childless women having higher cancer risks. Is remaining childless a dangerous thing? How serious is this?

Not very: On the whole, women who are childless have a higher risk of breast cancer than do women with many children. But that risk is modest. Most childless women will not develop cancer, so avoiding cancer is not, in itself, a good reason to have a child ...Read more

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Why do Asian countries have higher cancer rate if their diets contain more allium/cruciferous vegetables (proven antitumoral effects)?

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

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Is it true that cancer rates are higher in males than in females? Why is that?

Is it true that cancer rates are higher in males than in females? Why is that?

Good question: Some cancers are sex-specific (ovarian in women, prostate in men). Others, like breast, are more common in women because they have more breast tissue and the right hormone environment. Yet others are associated with habits like smoking or drinking that used to be more prevalent in males so men would have them more often. Finally, some are more common in a specific gender for unclear reasons... ...Read more

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What are the odds that someone over 60 will get cancer? Is it higher than younger people?

What are the odds that someone over 60 will get cancer? Is it higher than younger people?

Higher in older: Cancer is more common in older than in younger people and the incidence varies by gender. See this site for more detailed information. http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/cancerstats/incidence/age/. ...Read more

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Are you at a higher risk of cancer if you smoke cigars?

Yes: Any use of tobacco increases the risk of cancer. Cigars increase risk of cancer of the mouth. Depending on inhalation of cigar smoke you may be at higher risk of cancer of aero-digestive track, lung, bladder etc. ...Read more

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Higher percentage for prostrate cancer if had visectimy?

Higher percentage for prostrate cancer if had visectimy?

Doubtful: This debate has been around for a while but currently most in urology and oncology believe that vasectomy itself does not increase the risk of developing prostate cancer. It is likely that they have a higher likelihood of earlier prostate cancer detection though. This is attributed to having a relationship with a urologist starting at a much younger age than other men. ...Read more

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My ca 15-3 level got higher. Does that mean there is cancer returning?

My ca 15-3 level got higher.  Does that mean there is cancer returning?

Likely: If you were treated for a cancer and the ca 15-3 levels went down after treatment, and the level is going up now, that would be an indication of cancer recurrence. You should consult your doctor to rule out other causes of elevation of ca 15-3. ...Read more

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Is it true that bladder cancer has a higher recurrence rate than most other cancers?

Is it true that bladder cancer has a higher recurrence rate than most other cancers?

Yes: The recurrence rate for superficial bladder cacner is 50% within the first year of treatment. This is why we use chemotherapy and immunotherapy within the bladder to prevent recurrence. This is alos why the follow-up of patients with superfiical bladder cancer is so frequent - every 3 months for the first 2 years after diagnosis and then every 6 months unitl year 5. Then follow-up is annual. ...Read more

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Are cancer rates higher for people who live near a nuclear reactor? Does living there increase the risk of cancer?

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

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I've been having temps of 98.8-99.1 past few mths. Would blood cancer cause this. Or would it have to be 100.4 or higher?

I've been having temps of 98.8-99.1 past few mths. Would blood cancer cause this. Or would it have to be 100.4 or higher?

Must see MD: Low grade temp for months is abnormal may or may not be due to blood cancer, must see your physician to find the cause and treat. ...Read more

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Milan study says smokers who give up have higher risk of cancer due to cell repair mechanism leading to unrestrained cell growth. True?

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

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I have type 1 nf, I am not affected by it in anyway. Apparently I have an increased risk of getting cancer. How much higher is the risk?.

Yes slightly higher: Unfortunately slightly higher ( 2.7% ) beyond 50 yr age range no difference. Most of the time it is connective tissue , and brain tumors, other malignancies no significant difference compared to normal population.. ...Read more

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Concerned. I go to bed at 12-1am most nights. Apparently melatonin levels are higher at night and arificial light lower them. Will I get cancer?

Concerned. I go to bed at 12-1am most nights. Apparently melatonin levels are higher at night and arificial light lower them. Will I get cancer?

Not due to this: Going to bed at 1 am is not a cause of 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. 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. ...Read more

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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

Risk of infection: Lack of spleen predisposes a person to infections, especially streptococcus pneumoniae infection, however that can be addressed by immunization. Lack of spleen should not affect life span if infections are controlled. ...Read more

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