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If u had cancer starting would you know it right away? How do they check for cancer. Blood work show u have cancer?

If u had cancer starting would you know it right away? How do they check for cancer. Blood work show u have cancer?

Cancer screening: There is no magic blood test or scan to screen .There are guidelines for screen common cancers. Like mammogram starting age 40 or earlier if strong family history. Regular pap smears , colonoscopy starting age 50 or earlier if family history. Psa test in men at age 50. Most cancers diagnosed on screening or when someone has symptoms and then more test are orderd. ...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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For 1+ months: upper abd pain, diarrhea, stomach gurgling, gas, would CT w/ oral & IV contrast show pancreas cancer? Blood work norm. Only lost 4 lbs

For 1+ months: upper abd pain, diarrhea, stomach gurgling, gas, would  CT w/ oral & IV contrast show pancreas cancer? Blood work norm. Only lost 4 lbs

CT pancreas: Pancreatic cancer would be unusual at your age but no unheard of. Pancreatic CT does require IV contrast and pre and post contrast images with pancreatic arterial and portal venous phase enhanced images. Some facilities use oral contrast, others give water orally. ...Read more

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Will a full work up of blood work show if there is any kind of cancer cells or cancer?The blood work up that we r suppose to have every year?

Will a full work up of blood work show if there is any kind of cancer cells or cancer?The blood work up that we r suppose to have every year?

Yes and no. : There is no one test or group of tests that will find all cancers. The combination of blood tests, review of symptoms, physical exam, and age and risk appropriate testing such as mammograms and colonoscopy provides the best we can do to prevent or provide early detection of cancer. Know your body, seek help for a new lump, change in a mole, abnormal bleeding, etc. ...Read more

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My upper back only hurts when im on my feet. When I am sitting or laying no pain. Could it still be cancer? My blood work is good.

My upper back only hurts when im on my feet. When I am sitting or laying no pain. Could it still be cancer? My blood work is good.

More Information: Information like a description of the pain, the duration of the pain, the intensity of the pain, the course (getting better or worse), any effective or non-effective treatments, and aggravations such as standing. While the diagnosis of cancer is unlikely it is a possibility. A radiograph of the upper spine may assist in this diagnosis or more likely some type of arthritis (back joints). ...Read more

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Can u have cancer with normal blood work?

Can u have cancer with normal blood work?

Yes.: Unfortunately there is no blood test generally available at this time to screen for early cancer. Routine lab studies will usually be normal. Your best option is to try to avoid cancer: No tobacco, stay on the slim side, lots of exercise, eat only organic produce and sharply reduce consumption of meat,chicken,dairy. For more information on diet: go to NutritionFacts.org ...Read more

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How does cancer show up in blood work?

Different ways: Tumor markers, or blood tests for certain cancers can be used for screening, or to evaluate treatment. They are not "diagnostic" of cancer, and some are more specific than others. Psa is specific for prostate cancer but elevated psa is not diagnostic for prostate ca. Cea is useful for evaluating several types of cancer once diagnosed, but isn't at all a screening test. ...Read more

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All my doctors tell me that if I had cancer something on my blood work would be off? But what I read says differently? Why is that

All my doctors tell me that if I had cancer something on my blood work would be off? But what I read says differently? Why is that

Easy does it: What's going on, bro? You're 22 years old. Without a testicular mass, an obviously very abnormal lymph node, a skin melanoma, or horrible bone pain, the chance of your having cancer is near zero. Your physicians are putting you off to reassure you. You've newly become a man in a frightening world, and probably your cancerphobia -- a common trick the mind plays -- is the result. We can help. ...Read more

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How would a person know if they have cancer? Im not sick. Blood work is good. I do have fattt liver which I have changed my diet and exercise some. I lose about ten lbs a month is this normal

How would a person know if they have cancer?  Im not sick.  Blood work is good. I do have fattt liver which I have changed my diet and exercise some.  I lose about ten lbs a month is this normal

Weight loss with: Effort is difficult; without explanation is worrisome. A 'fatty liver" on ct may be non-specific, but it sounds like you need an internist to evaluate all the possibilities. ...Read more