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Can a hernia cause cancer?

Can a hernia cause cancer?

No, but..: If you mean hiatal hernia (stomach pops up into chest): can increase backflow of stomach contents, which can increase esophagitis, which can cause pre-cancerous changes (barrett's esophagus), which can sometimes cause cancer, then yes, indirectly, and on occasion, hernias can cause cancer.
Otherwise things like inguinal (groin) hernias do not cause cancer. ...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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I had a radical hysterectomy for cerv cancer, went through radiation & chemo, scan shows ventral hernia now. Did surgery cause this...Surgery?

I had a radical hysterectomy for cerv cancer, went through radiation & chemo, scan shows ventral hernia now. Did surgery cause this...Surgery?

Ventral/incisional?: It is important to distinguish if the ventral hernia is incisional. If so, en the surgery and subsequent radiation may have had something to do with this but may have been worth the risk to treat the cancer! ...Read more

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Can a hiatle hernia cause enough low level chronic undetectable inflammation to imitate stomach cancer?

Can a hiatle hernia cause enough low level chronic undetectable inflammation to imitate stomach cancer?

Doubtful: Cancer cells are generally readily distinguished from inflammatory cells by a pathologist looking at a biopsy spwcimen. The inflammation could be from a hiatal, but it would be unusual to mistake it for cancer. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is foveolar hyperplasia a segway for stomach cancer? Can it be reversed? Can a hiatle hernia that causes lower rib cage discomfort cause it?

Is foveolar hyperplasia a segway for stomach cancer? Can it be reversed? Can a hiatle hernia that causes lower rib cage discomfort cause it?

No it is not.: Foveolar hyperplasia is merely a reactive phenomenon. There is no direct link to carcinoma, but it can be associated with it. What is more important is the cause behind the hyperplasia. ...Read more

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Finished chemo for stage iiia ovarian cancer in oct 2013. Ca125 was 8 6wks ago and 20 now have large right groin node. Is the ca125 jump a lot? Can incisional hernia cause lymph node to swell?

Finished chemo for stage iiia ovarian cancer in oct 2013. Ca125 was 8 6wks ago and 20 now have large right groin node. Is the ca125 jump a lot? Can incisional hernia cause lymph node to swell?

Seek medical exam: Your oncologist needs to know about this groin node if you have not yet told him. Since your ca 125 is still in the normal range, I would not draw any conclusions but your doctor needs to examine you and guide you. It is best not to follow your disease with ca125 right now as it will likely have such fluctuatiosns, causing you to be nervous and anxious, yet it does not help in making treatment decis. ...Read more

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Causes of severe lower abdominal cramps in a 65 yo male?? Hx of prostate cancer sx and hernia sx approx 3 yrs ago. CBC, CMP, and CT scans all normal

Causes of severe lower abdominal cramps in a 65 yo male?? Hx of prostate cancer sx and hernia sx approx 3 yrs ago. CBC, CMP, and CT scans all normal

ER-NOW!: Please do not ignore this pain and go DIRECTLY to ER.
THese symtoms are both dangerous and ominousl. If unable to drive -call 911. ...Read more

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What are the symtoms of testical cancer and testical hernia?

What are the symtoms of testical cancer and testical hernia?

Mass in scrotum: Signs of testicular cancer include:

lump or enlargement in a testicle,
feeling of heaviness in the scrotum,
dull ache in the abdomen or groin,
sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum,
pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum,
enlargement or tenderness of the breasts.

Cancer usually affects only one testicle.

See a doc if you have symptoms, especially if they last more than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get hernia after surgery for rectal cancer?

Is it possible to get hernia after surgery for rectal cancer?

Yes: Incisional hernias are possible after any kind of abdominal or pelvic surgery. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a hernia and testicle cancer?

What is the difference between a hernia and testicle cancer?

Different Exam: An inguinal hernia is a hole in the groin muscles thru which a sac may protrude through, occasionally extending into the scrotal sac, next to the testicle. A testicular cancer presents as a growth within the testicle. These two abnormalities can be easily differentiated from one another by a careful physician examination. ...Read more

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I have a hiatal hernia, am I more likely to get gastroesophageal cancer?

I have a hiatal hernia, am I more likely to get gastroesophageal cancer?

Very slightly: People with hiatal hernias usually have some gastroesophageal reflux (gerd). Gerd is a risk factor for esophageal cancer. That said, nearly half of the us population has gerd and esophageal cancer although slowly increasing, remains a very rare cancer. If you have reflux you should be followed by a primary care or gastroenterologist, but it is still very unlikely that you will develop cancer. ...Read more

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I was just diagnost with bladder cancer dr said not aggressive. Not sure what to believe. Also have a protrusion like hernia on bladder.

I was just diagnost with bladder cancer dr said not aggressive. Not sure what to believe. Also have a protrusion like hernia on bladder.

See answer: Bladder cancer can be in different forms, one that is dangerous ("aggressive") and tends to invade deeply and spread in the body. Another form is unlikely to do so, but either type has the potential to recur. In other words, it is possible to have a nonaggressive bladder cancer. The second item sounds like a diverticulum of the bladder which can be a sign of obstruction of urine flow. Ask about it. ...Read more

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Can an umbilical hernia be a sign of ovarian cancer?

Can an umbilical hernia be a sign of ovarian cancer?

No: Umbilical hernia and ovarian cancer are unrelated to each other. 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. ...Read more

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Is it likely to get hernia after rectal cancer surgery?

Is it likely to get hernia after rectal cancer surgery?

Depends: There are many surgical options to manage rectal cancer. If amenable to a transanal approach, there is no risk, if laparoscopic, you have a smaller risk than an open abdominal procedure. If you require a permanent colostomy, you have the potential for hernias at the abdominal incisions, around the colostomy and at the perineum, bottom where the anus was. A colorectal surgeon can provide options. ...Read more

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I am 18 yrs old nd my one testis is larger than anothr. That it is symtoms of hernia or a cancer?

I am 18 yrs old nd my one testis is larger than anothr. That it is symtoms of hernia or a cancer?

Unlikely cancer: Get seen by your doctor, it can be neither, other possibilities: varicocele or hydrocele, can't judge without an exam, see your doctor, a general surgeon or a urologist for assessment, best wishes ...Read more

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After removal of bladder and prostate because of bladder cancer, I have developed a parastomal hernia. Is this repairable.

Yes: A parastomal hernia is a type of incisional hernia that occurs adjacent to the stoma and is not an uncommon complication after any type of ostomy surgery. Most patients are asymptomatic. Surgical repair is avoided in most patients with no or mild symptoms because of the high recurrence rates and pts. Are educated about the signs and symptoms of strangulation which require immediate attention. ...Read more

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Lump on and to the right of xyphoid process. It is about a quarter and hard. No pain. All sites say hernia or cancer. It's Sunday. I'm scared.39female?

Lump on and to the right of xyphoid process. It is about a quarter and hard. No pain. All sites say hernia or cancer. It's Sunday. I'm scared.39female?

Many things possible: Unlikely to be a hernia if lump is hard, and this isn't a common location for hernia unless you've had surgery in the area. However, that does not mean it is cancer! This could be a cyst or benign lesion of the skin, and there are benign lesions that occur in the bone. You should have it looked at so it can be diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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I had hernia surgery in october and cant make a bm. I hope its not colan cancer im only 32. HELP, what can it be???

I had hernia surgery in october and cant make a bm. I hope its not colan cancer im only 32. HELP, what can it be???

Not cancer!: It you had had cancer, your surgeon would have told you, relax! But do call your surgeon about the constipation. Maybe a medication you are taking is causing it and can be adjusted. Lots of fluids, and fiber (plenty of fruits and veggies), less fat, refined sugar, and less animal protein is a better way to eat for all of you, plus your innards. ...Read more

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8mm module in lower esophagus found from a endoscopy. I also have a hiatal hernia. Do I have cancer? I'm 23 and relatively try to be healthy.

8mm module in lower esophagus found from a endoscopy. I also have a hiatal hernia. Do I have cancer? I'm 23 and relatively try to be healthy.

Probably not: Especially at your age, most often these are little benign tumors, but it's your physician's job to decide. Esophageal cancers usually look nasty and a physician will be suspicious. Ask whether a biopsy was obtained. If so, chances are it will come back benign from the lab. If your physician didn't think it was worth biopsying, it's almost certainly benign. ...Read more

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What is the best diet for someone who has had multiple surgeries in their stomach for cancer and hernias? Tried and failed all diets. I need help pls!

What is the best diet for someone who has had multiple surgeries in their stomach for cancer and hernias? Tried and failed all diets. I need help pls!

Unclear: It is unclear what the question is, because the problem is not defined. I can say that there is no specific diet necessary for and abdominal wall hernia. Additionally, the diet depends on what your goal is, weight loss, vitamin replacement, etc, . ...Read more

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My friend has colon cancer and wears a colostomy bag. What can he do about a hernia that appeared below the stoma?

My friend has colon cancer and wears a colostomy bag. What can he do about a hernia that appeared below the stoma?

See a surgeon: Surgery may be indicated. Often it can be repaired laparoscopically. Unfortunately, there is still a high rate of recurrence after surgical repair. ...Read more

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I had endoscopy two months ago (gastritis, gerd, h. Hernia). Problems got worse. Is it possible to develop esophagus cancer in that short time?

I had endoscopy two months ago (gastritis, gerd, h. Hernia). Problems got worse. Is it possible to develop esophagus cancer in that short time?

Esophagus Ca: Occurs in people that smoke and drink, or are over weight with reflux. The hpv genes are found in some tumors, no clarity of the implication there. It is rare under 40. It is highly unlikely that cancer is the cause of your symptoms at your age. You might seek a second opinion from a medical GI to root out cause. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more