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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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.

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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


Dr. Greg Pahnke Dr. Pahnke
Surgery - Oncology
40 years in practice
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What is the ribbon color for thymus cancer?

What is the ribbon color for thymus cancer?

Purple: Possibly because most thymoma stain a rich purple on standard tissue staining.

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Can there be a ribbon color that represents cancer in general?

Can there be a ribbon color that represents cancer in general?

Lavender ribbon: A lavender color ribbon has been used to designate general cancer awareness.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dr. D J Dr. J
Surgery
34 years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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A pretty good mass on my upper inner wrist it's very deep under several veins, hard can't move around sometimes painful its growing CANCER?! : (

A pretty good mass on my upper inner wrist it's very deep under several veins, hard can't move around sometimes painful its growing CANCER?! : (

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination, however, from what you described it is likely to be a ganglion cyst and not cancer. Consult this site for info on this topic and you may Google Ganglion Cyst for images. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/ganglion-cyst/home/ovc-20168586

Dr. Joshua Garren Dr. Garren
Radiation Oncology
20 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Dr. Todd Abbott Dr. Abbott
Pathology
21 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Dr. Daniel Para Dr. Para
Surgery
26 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Jarrod Kaufman Dr. Kaufman
Surgery
25 years in practice
Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Richard Zimon Dr. Zimon
Internal Medicine
55 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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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

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dr. Devon Webster Dr. Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
18 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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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...

Dr. Regina Hampton Dr. Hampton
Breast Surgery
19 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Barry Press Dr. Press
Surgery - Plastics
40 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Michio Abe Dr. Abe
Internal Medicine
22 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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I have a bump in my hand near my wrist; about a CM bulging out my skin, is it possible it might be cancer?

I have a bump in my hand near my wrist; about a CM bulging out my skin, is it possible it might be cancer?

Impossible to tell: Although it could very well be a benign cyst such as a ganglion cyst, without a complete history and physical examination possibly plus further testing, it would be impossible to tell what it is. Please see your doctor.

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Dr. Neel Karne Dr. Karne
Surgery
14 years in practice
West Virginia University School of Medicine
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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.

Dr. Stuart Winkler Dr. Winkler
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
44 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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I have had a couple of pink skin nodules on my right arm under my wrist area for awhile now (years). Not sure what they are scared it could be cancer.

I have had a couple of pink skin nodules on my right arm under my wrist area for awhile now (years). Not sure what they are scared it could be cancer.

Skin nodules: The fact that you have had these nodules unchanged for years makes it highly unlikely that these are cancer. They could be cysts, fatty tumors, or other benign tumors of the skin. See a dermatologist and ease your mind.

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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I have small, skin colored, non-itchy bumps on my wrist and hands. Can these be cancers?

I have small, skin colored, non-itchy bumps on my wrist and hands. Can these be cancers?

Not likely: These may be warts. See your doctor to have one or more removed and the material examined by a pathologist.

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Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more