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Can You Get Cancer From Someone Who Dips
Can somebody tell me how much you would need to be near smokers to get killed or get cancer from secondhand smoking?
No simple answer: But cases where people have gotten cancers related to smoking from second hand smoke involved very high level exposure over long periods of time - people working in bars/restaurants where there was lots of smoke, people living with smokers in the household who smoked indoors etc. Casual exposures from time to time are unlikely to cause any major or permanent harm, and certainly not getting killed. ...Read more
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
Doubtful: There appears to be a requirement for skin to skin contact and abrasive force before this tissue surface germ can affix itself and trigger an infection. Saliva also has some anti-infective capabilities. If a person has an altered immune system from HIV or chemo, they may be at risk. Otherwise I doubt it would be an issue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Skin cancer is not contagious...In other words it is not passed between individuals by contact. The development of skin cancer is complex and multifactorial. Risk factors include genetic susceptibility combined with environmental influence (i.e. Sun exposure / damage). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you tell me if someone take blood from a cancer patient and gave it to a healthy person will they get cancer?
Highly unlikely: First, there would have to be cancer cells in the blood, which is not always the case. Second, the immune system of the recipient would recognize the cells as foreign and destroy them. I guess it could be remotely possible in someone with severe immune deficiency due to illness or drugs but i've never heard of it happening. Maybe one of my colleagues at ht has. ...Read more
Depends: It would depend on the STD and the level of intimacy between the two people. STDs are not airborne and usually require close personal contact for transmission. Hepatitis B, though not strictly an STD, may be communicated by sharing razors. Please consult this site for information on this topic: https://www.cdc.gov/std/default.htm ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How common are oral warts from genital hpv? Can you get them when you share a cup with someone who has oral warts or am i just paranoid?
HPV and Oral Cancer: While the number of people with oral hpv infection has increased, the transmission is still considered to be sexual. Sharing a cup with someone with known oral hpv (which is not easily detected unless they have hpv + oral cancer) does not seem to be a risk factor. Smoking, having multiple past sexual partners (or a partner who does) and known genital hpv infection increases the risk for oral hpv. ...Read more
Can you tell me if a doctor and a paramedic are in public somewhere, and someone gets hurt, who responds?
Likely medic: Not all dr's are trained or comfortable in emergency response--an area where the paramedic excels. Usually a dr will offer to assist if ems provider already there. ...Read more
Possible: If you have an open sore in your mouth. ...Read more
Can you please tell me if it's just women who suffer from breast cancer, or can men develop the cancer as well?
Contagious: Genital herpes is usually transmitted by contact with the genital area. If a person with eruptions sheds virus on his hands and touches your chewing gum, it's possible for the virus to be transmitted to you that way. Genital herpes virus can also cause herpes infection in the oral area. ...Read more
Not likely but: It is not likely but there is a remote possibility that the other person had an active herpetic lesion in the mouth and you drank immediately after he/she drank from the glass but i will not worry about it.Oral herpes causes cold sores and caused by type1 herpesvirus .Genital herpes is caused by type2 herpes virus. ...Read more
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