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Are polyps in lungs a sign of cancer?

Are polyps in lungs a sign of cancer?

Unusual: There usually are not true polyps in the lung but rather nodules which are round soft tissue masses that can be both benign and malignant. The size, character, and growth of nodules help doctors determine which ones need to be biopsies or removed. ...Read more

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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Just found out my uterine lining is thick and I have a polyp. Is this a sign of cancer?

Not yet: You do need to get a diagnosis. Don't procrastinate and you should be fine; if this is cancer and you've kept up surveillance, you are still by far more likely to have a good outcome. ...Read more

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Please tell me can fluid on lungs be a sign of cancer?

Please tell me can fluid on lungs be a sign of cancer?

Maybe probably not: Fluid around the lungs is often secondary to infection, trauma, heart failure The build up of fluid in the pericardium may be due to heart failure, a viral illness, pneumonia but its not that likely. The fluid should be drained and tested they can see is cancer cells are in there and what it is composed of.
Don't panic ...Read more

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I have difficult swallowing saliva only but no pain. Sometime upper abdomen heaviness and chest heaviness. Can this be sign of cancer?

I have difficult swallowing saliva only but no pain. Sometime upper abdomen heaviness and chest heaviness. Can this be sign of cancer?

Well...: Some of those symptoms can be seen in certain cancers but also can be due to many other conditions. At your age, I would say cancer is unlikely but you need to see a physician for a full evaluation. We cannot do that on health tap. Remember to avoid tobacco, limit alcohol intake, eat well, and exercise. Best to you. ...Read more

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Is there a link between colon and uterine polyps and lung cancer? Does tendency for polyps at early age raise likelihood of cancer, specific, general?

Some colon polyps...: ...Can develop into colon cancer and if a patient has multiple polyps, they could carry an inherited trait (fap, attenuated fap, myh, and others) which can increase the risk for other cancers. To my knowledge, though, lung cancer is not one of those. Smoking is your main risk factor. If you do, pleeease quit. ...Read more

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15 pack year smoker, 40 years old, quit recently, past 5 years benign colon and uterine polyps. No imed fam cancer. Suggest screening for lung cancer?

15 pack year smoker, 40 years old, quit recently, past 5 years benign colon and uterine polyps. No imed fam cancer. Suggest screening for lung cancer?

No: You do not meet the recently determined criteria for lung cancer screening which is 30 pck/yrs and older than 55.Risk of lung cancer attributed to smoking is logarithmic meaning each extra year multiplies the risk rather than adding to it. Studies show that approx 10% women who smoke their entire lives die of lung cancer but only 1% who quit by age 40 die of lung cancer. Don't start back & u r good ...Read more

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Are new freckles a sign of cancer?

Are new freckles a sign of cancer?

No: Freckles are freckles and are benign, early skin cancer may appear to be a frickle to an untrained eye, . And a compelling reason to see your doctor for professional opinion. ...Read more

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Are shingles a sign of cancer?

Are shingles a sign of cancer?

Not necessarily: We know most often we can identify a significant medical treatment, illness or psychosocial stressor as a trigger. Cancer is known to be a trigger but though we all have seen patients who had shingles and then soon after were diagnosed with cancer, most with shingles don't get a cancer diagnosis in the following months. ...Read more

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Discoid atelectasis sign of cancer?

Discoid atelectasis sign of cancer?

NO: Many non cancerous conditions will cause discoid altelectasis of lung ...Read more

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Can extreme dizziness be a sign of cancer?

Can extreme dizziness be a sign of cancer?

Possible: Many people have extreme dizziness and vertigo and cancer is not frequently the underlying reason however, any neurologic problem should be fully evaluated by a neurologist and typically MRI imaing of the brain and IACs are acquired. ...Read more

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Are white steaks in feces a sign of cancer?

Are white steaks in feces a sign of cancer?

Unlikely: Any persistent change in your bowel movements should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is lymph node a sign of cancer?

Hoping you can tell me, is lymph node a sign of cancer?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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My CRP levels are mildly elevated. Is that a sign of cancer?

Mostly likely not: A CRP can be a marker for inflammation. Although a CRP can be elevated with cancer, a CRP is very very non-specific. So it would be premature to jump to the conclusion that you have cancer. ...Read more

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Are hemorrhoids a sign of cancer?

Are hemorrhoids a sign of cancer?

No, but...: ...It is often difficult to distinguish bleeding from hemorrhoids versus bleeding from a colon/rectal cancer. When in doubt, I advise a colonoscopy to determine the source of bleeding. ...Read more

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Boil inbetween my bum cheeks. Is this a sign of cancer?

Boil inbetween my bum cheeks. Is this a sign of cancer?

Probably not: It's probably just what you described... A boil. If it is a boil, it should resolve on its own with some warm compresses. If it doesn't get better in a week, it's time to have a health provider take a look. A boil should be on your skin on the fleshy part of your rump, not right on the opening of your anus. If it is on the opening of your anus, it might be a hemorrhoid. Don't be shy! ...Read more

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Could anemia neutropenic be a sign of cancer?

Could anemia neutropenic be a sign of cancer?

Possible: There are several causes of a low WBC and an anemia. Some of these can be medication related, some can be related to viral infections. There are diseases of the blood that are forms of leukemia as well.
You should be evaluated to get answers and piece of mind. Your health is important. ...Read more

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Is pain a sign of cancer?

Is pain a sign of cancer?

Yes/No: Some cancers present with pain depending on the organ/ location, and if there is any involvement of nerve roots or nerve plexus.

On the other hand, many tumors do not presents with pain. ...Read more

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I don't have a good appetite, could it be a sign of cancer?

I don't have a good appetite, could it be a sign of cancer?

Yes.: Yes. It can also be a sign of depression, anxiety, and a host of chronic illnesses. It can also be seen in people who are healthy but just don't get hungry.

The poor appetite of cancer is usually associated with unintentional weight loss. ...Read more

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If someone keeps getting thinner & thinner day by day, could that be a sign of cancer?

If someone keeps getting thinner & thinner day by day, could that be a sign of cancer?

Perhaps: There are many possible causes of weight loss. Cancer is one. A health check up is needed immediately. ...Read more

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Is low sodium a sign of cancer?

Could be: It can be a sign of an endocrine disorder in which your signals to regulate sodium may be off. There are certain conditions, such as addison's disease, in which your body cannot regulate sodium. It can be due to medications as well. It also can be associated with cancer, usually lung cancer, but you may have other symptoms such as shortness of breath or weight loss. ...Read more

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Is a hard prostate a certain sign of cancer?

Is a hard prostate a certain sign of cancer?

Not necessarily: ..But would probably trigger some sort of work up depending on the circumstances. ...Read more

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What is 49cc ovarian volume? Is this a sign of cancer

What is 49cc ovarian volume? Is this a sign of cancer

Not necessarily: This is just the size of the ovary and this is an estimate given the ultrasound just like people different sizes so our different organs I would worry too much about it would also look at shape and consistency and other features please consult with your doctor from more accurate description but it doesn't sound like anything wrong. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is tingling body all over a sign of cancer?

Hoping you can tell me, is tingling body all over a sign of cancer?

Unlikely but possibl: This is usually not a symptom of cancer except in the case of the paraneoplastic syndrome. This is a case where there are factors (caused by the cancer) that are in the body that affect the peripheral nerves. This can lead to a diffuse numbness in the extremities. Work-up by a neurologist can include testing of serum antigens and antibodies and nerve biopsy. ...Read more

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Is a hard prostate always a sign of cancer or can it be something else?

Is a hard prostate always a sign of cancer or can it be something else?

No: But it needs to be evaluated. A urologist is the person that can help with this. The risk of prostate cancer goes up after 50 years. There are some men diagnosed in the 40s. Almost no one at 30. Still, it may need an evaluation. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Polyp (Definition)

A polyp may occur anyplace on the body, but is most commonly seen in the colon when a colonscopy exam is done. It is a bump or protrusion from the lining of the GI tract and colon, which can can be benign or turn ...Read more