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Doctor insights on: Cancer Ribbon Colors

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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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Which color ribbon represents spleen cancer?

Which color ribbon represents spleen cancer?

Lymphoma: Hodgkin's is violet, non-hodgkin's is lime green. These are the two that are likely to pop up in the spleen. ...Read more

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What does the cancer ribbon mean to cancer survivors?

What does the cancer ribbon mean to cancer survivors?

Hope,badge ofcourage: They see and instantly identify with others wearing the cancer pin telling them that they are not alone in this fight- that there are others that have traveled the same journey and are still here - as a sign of hope and a source of information , counseling, commiserating , and to share a good cry and a good laugh. But do not ask me --- ask them - they will readily tell you their story. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy dec'15 removed 5pol, some hyper. wk 2 change in bm, narrow, ribbon like, sometimes thicker but flat sides. pain low lt pelvic. Cancer hist?

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Colonoscopy dec'15 removed 5pol, some hyper. wk 2 change in bm, narrow, ribbon like, sometimes thicker but flat sides. pain low lt pelvic. Cancer hist?

What's your question: This sounds like diverticulitis. There is a possibility of inflammation in the colon from the biopsies but this is uncommon and diverticulitis is common. You should see your doctor back to see if you need antibiotics or further investigation of the pelvis. ...Read more

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How are green and orange ribbons for kidney cancer different?

How are green and orange ribbons for kidney cancer different?

See below: The orange ribbon is for the kidney cancer association. A green ribbon signifies renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer, hypernephroma) awareness. ...Read more

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How thin does a ribbon stool have to be in order to be a concern that it's colon cancer?

How thin does a ribbon stool have to be in order to be a concern that it's colon cancer?

Pencil thin stool: Pencil thin stools should generally be like that. However any change in bowel habits or bleeding should prompt evaluation by your pcp gastroenterologist or colorectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Do thin ribbon like stool mobements in case of colon cancer continue all the time or is it ab on and off thing?

Do thin ribbon like stool mobements in case of colon cancer continue all the time or is it ab on and off thing?

Ribbon like: stool which is INTERMITTENT are DUE TO SPASM of the lower bowel (old term ="spastic colon") now this is a part of the diagnosis of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which is a DIAGNOSIS of EXCLUSION (other GI problems MUST BE RULED OUT) SO STOP worrying about the "big C" and get yourself checked out by your PCP and at your age a COLONOSCOPY ,may be recommended! Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Will men get breast cancer and what color is the awareness ribbon for that?

Will men get breast cancer and what color is the awareness ribbon for that?

Yes; not sure!: Men with a mother, sister, or daughter with breast or ovarian cancer, male relatives with breast cancer, or with ashkenazi jewish heritage, have a high risk of carrying a brca mutation. Men with this mutation are at risk for breast and other cancers. Rarely, men without a brca mutation get breast cancer, usually in their later years. I think the ribbon is still pink! sorry guys... ...Read more

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Pink is the official color for breast cancer in women, what color ribbon is it for men?

Pink is the official color for breast cancer in women, what color ribbon is it for men?

Pink w/ blue: I don't know of an official ribbon for male breast cancer. Many organizations use a ribbon with 1/2 pink and 1/2 blue. I refer you to an organization called men against breast cancer. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could men get breast cancer and what color is the awareness ribbon for that?

Please tell me, could men get breast cancer and what color is the awareness ribbon for that?

Yes.: Men get breast cancer at a rate of about 1% of the rate in women. Given that female breast cancer is, unfortunately, all too common, male breast cancer is unusual but not rate. I am not aware of any "ribbon" campaign for male breast cancer; the one for "breast cancer" should be sufficient. ...Read more

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My poop come out like ribbons what can be done about it. it happen when i had readiation for my anal cancer few years ago?

My poop come out like ribbons what can be done about it. it happen when i had readiation for my anal cancer few years ago?

See Surgeon or GI: This could be related to the radiation you received which can cause a stricture in the anus. This can be treated with dilation but needs to be evaluated by a surgeon or GI doc. You also need to be checked for other causes such as a recurrence of the cancer. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the cancer awareness months and what are their colors?

Can you please describe the cancer awareness months and what are their colors?

American Cancer Soc.: http://www.cancer.org/aboutus/whoweare/cancer-awareness-calendar follow this link to see the calendar for cancer awareness. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Have a mole that's slightly inflamed with a pin hole on top of the freckle....Can it be skin cancer? It's not two dif colors n same size as reg freckl

Have a mole that's slightly inflamed with a pin hole on top of the freckle....Can it be skin cancer? It's not two dif colors n same size as reg freckl

Skin cancer: Skin cancers often develop from previous moles, freckles and benign (non-cancerous) skin pathology. The important features are irregular shape, color changes and intact orders. If a lesion changes in these areas or is initially irregular in shape and color. Since yours has changes with inflammation and a irregular hole it should probably be professionally evaluated. Photograph to identify changes. ...Read more

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What are the three most deadliest forms of cancer in the U.S.?

How do you define...: "deadliest"? If you mean, which general type causes the most absolute number of deaths, then the top three are lung, colon and breast/prostate cancer. That's partly because they are so common. Others, e.g. pancreatic cancer, are uncommon but relatively more deadly. Almost any type is lethal if metastatic (wide spread) at diagnosis. Notable exceptions are leukemia, lymphoma, and testicular cancer. ...Read more