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Can Crystal Light Cause Cancer
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
Would parachuting and smoking crystal meth, smoking, cause cancer-like growths on the stomach, liver, and added reflux?
Risks >>Illness: Your risky behavior certainly has a high likelihood for leading to disease. Stop meth ; get help to stay off. See your md and follow treatment guidelines. ...Read more
Hi on occasion for the past year I have had orange feels sandy, residue in toilet after urination, gritty Like crystals, Drinking water it goes away. Happens usually when I'm nice t drinking a lot. I'm 32 scared it's cancer. Don't see blood?
Urate crystals: That's my bet. It's fairly common. I'm going to assume you're taking no other medications. Keep drinking plenty of water, ask whether a urinalysis to confirm this is in order, ask your physician whether it's worth checking your blood uric acid levels, or whether it's worth taking medication to alkalinize your urine (I wouldn't) which would dissolve the stuff. ...Read more
Risk and contributory factors to causing cancers would include genetics/family history of it, excessive exposure to agents- chemicals, pollutants, radiation, biologic,
sometimes, we don't exactly know.
Normal cells would grow, divide and die at an even pace but cancer cells would grow and divide at an alarmingly fast pace that it crowd out and impair the growth of surrounding normal cells. ...Read more
Too many culprits!:
5-10% of the populations have a high risk of hereditary cancer. In addition, our gene is subject to thousands of hits every day, in the air, in the car....food, drinks, smoking, sun exposure, viruses..... to mention a few!
I am surprised that we are still alive! Count your blessings! ...Read more
Genetic mutations: Cancer is clones-within-clones of cells bearing genetic mutations. The factors that really cause cancer (ionizing radiation, mutagenic chemicals, just dumb luck from random genetic errors) mutate genes or else cause massive cell turnover to allow selection for mutant clones. Bogus / political claims (cell phones, bad thoughts, GMO food, power lines) don't do this & ultimately get discredited. ...Read more
Genetic mutations: All cancers result from the accumulation of genetic mutations. The genes have a natural tendency to mutate, making life as we know it possible, and there's background radiation and chemicals that are part of nature and inescapable. Specific cancers have various hereditary (inherit a bad gene) and environmental (mutagen) causes; anything can promote by making mutated cells divide. ...Read more
Actually can be good: Caffeine use in moderation actually has good health benefits such as lowering risk of diabetes among others. Caffeine is also used for treatment of headaches, often in combo with other meds. Coffee (most common source of caffeine) is actually a good thing, but the condiments such as sugar/cream/flavoring are not. So, modest black coffee consumption may boost your health. Stay healhthy. Good luck. ...Read more
Eat fewer hot dogs: Hot dogs are relatively cheap and taste good. Watch out however for what's in them--read labels carefully to assess what meat is used and how much fat and preservatives are involved in their manufacture. Excessive dietary animal fats have been associated with an increased risk of cancers of the GI tract. Instead, eat a well balanced diet high in monosaturates, whole grains, fruits, vegetables. ...Read more
Nope: However, sun block is very helpful in reducing the effect of uv radiation on developing lethal skin cancers such as melanoma. Avoid excess sun exposure and avoid sunburns, but when out and about always take the added measure of using and re-applying sunblock to avoid toxic damage from the sun. ...Read more
I say "No": Some of my colleagues will not agree. There's no credible mechanism. The wavelengths of radiation that cause cancer are far different from those that a phone emits. Epidemiologic studies generate a huge amount of junk data, especially when there's a "pop" fear -- recall bias. In one study, there was more cancer on the side OPPOSITE to where the phone was held. I wouldn't worry. ...Read more
It is genetic accide: It is not possible to answer your question exactly they way you may like to see as we cannot pinpoint in any one individual, what caused his/ her Cancer. But on a population basis the causes are multiple, including smoking, excess use of alcohol, Aging, immune deficiency, virus infections and Chemical exposure to DNA damaging agents like Radiation from multiple sources. Overeating and Obesity also ...Read more
Dumb luck: Except for a few genetic / family syndromes, the vast majority of children's cancers are the result of dumb luck -- random genetic mutations that just happened to be unlucky. None of the statistical blips (power lines, pollution) have held up on real scrutiny, and anyone who blames a parent for their child's cancer is a cruel charlatan. I hope things go well for you, best twishes. ...Read more
Many things: Cancer-causing substances are called "carcinogens." they include uv radiation from the sun, radon, agricultural chemicals that get into the water supply, certain types of plastics like bpa, and many others. A report from the president's cancer panel gives more details. Go to: http://deainfo. Nci. Nih. Gov/advisory/pcp/annualreports/pcp08-09rpt/pcp_report_08-09_508.Pdf. ...Read more
Sun and CA: Sun light or tanning beds causes two types of skin cancers...Basal cell cancer and melanoma. Basal cell CA is classically called the rat CA. It tends to stay right where it started and eat a hole...much like if you were chewed on by a rat. Melanoma is a much deadlier cancer and can spread to other organs. ...Read more
Absolutely: Thousands of real scientists make careers out of separating the ones that do from the ones that don't. Almost all the "pop" scares are unfounded, but regrettably there have been some sad cases, especially in industry. The real ones cause a tremendous increase in one particular (usually exotic) type of cancer. ...Read more
Like a computer prog:
The instructions for how to run your body are like a computer program. When you make a copy of the program, there is a chance you will copy it wrong, and the program won't work any more.
There is a smaller chance that the copy with malfunction and crash your computer. That, basically, is what cancer is. When your cells divide and one of them has a mistake in the dna copy that crashes your body. ...Read more
Spoilage / fungi: The worst is fungal aflatoxin in the food that the poor must eat in much of africa, causing 100000s of cases of liver cancer. Stomach cancer, probably food-related, dropped by 80% when refrigeration and preservatives were introduced. There is a lot of obvious lies about food causing cancer; no real scientist that I know believes the gmo food scare. ...Read more
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