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I have a thin black vertical line along my entire fingernail that grows after trimming it, but doesn't change in width. Could this be cancer?

I have a thin black vertical line along my entire fingernail that grows after trimming it, but doesn't change in width. Could this be cancer?

See a dermatologist: You need to visit a dermatologist to evaluate the area. It could be blood underneath your nail cause by trauma when trimming the nails or fungus. You may need a biopsy of the nail to make sure that this is not a melanoma. This is the most deadly of all the skin cancers. ...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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I have clubbed fingernails and emphysema. My dr. Saw spots on my lungs. Could it be cancer?

I have clubbed fingernails and emphysema. My dr. Saw spots on my lungs. Could it be cancer?

Possibly: Clubbing can be related to many pulmonary conditions, including emphysema and cancer. What is obviously concerning is that your doctor saw 'spots' on your lungs (by an xray I would presume). You need to make sure that you are scheduled for further work up soon. And you need to STOP SMOKING! It's the best thing you can do for your body. ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of lung cancer: shortness of breath, cough with yellow phlegm and occasional red streaks, fingernail clubbing...but my Chest X-Ray and Noncontrast High-Res Chest CT were negative. Doctors are saying I'm fine, but I'm scared?

I have all the symptoms of lung cancer: shortness of breath, cough with yellow phlegm and occasional red streaks, fingernail clubbing...but my Chest X-Ray and Noncontrast High-Res Chest CT were negative. Doctors are saying I'm fine, but I'm scared?

Trust your physician: Or obtain a pulmonary medical consultation as a second opinion. Without symptoms such as weight loss. Anorexia, expectorating pure blood. Chronic spasmodic coughing, etc. This is not consistent with lung cancer, especially with a negative CT scan. I suggest behavioral counseling with a certified psychotherpist for CBT. ...Read more

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Is line on my sons finger nail cancer?

Is line on my sons finger nail cancer?

Probably not: Nail cancer is very unusual. Is the line on all of the nails? If such is the case and depending on the appearance, it may suggest a metabolic abnormality. At any rate, if it is a concern, its best to have it examined by your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My middle finger nail I noticed I have 2 red streaks that are straight and covers full nail length. Appears to be under a ridges. Cancer?

My middle finger nail I noticed I have 2 red streaks that are straight and covers full nail length. Appears to be under a ridges. Cancer?

Doubtful: Occasionally melanoma can present with a black streak. This doesn't sound like a classic presentation for cancer but your dermatologist can likely provide an accurate assessment. Take care. ...Read more

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How does cancer start?

How does cancer start?

Cancer: Usually, a single mutation in a cell causes that cell to grow uncontrollably and possibly develop into a cancer. If you get regular screenings, such as a pap smear, mammogram, colonoscopy after 50, regular health check ups, skin surveys, oral cancer evaluarions, and the like, and be alert for signs of illness, your doctor should be able to detect any abnormality early enough to intervene. ...Read more

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How can cancer spread?

How can cancer spread?

See below: Cancer can spread by invading nearby tissues, by invading lymphatics and thus gaining entry into blood and by invading veins and spreading through the blood stream. See this site for more info.
http://www. Cancer. Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/sites-types/metastatic. ...Read more

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How does cancer spread?

How does cancer spread?

In many ways: Cancers can spread in many ways- it spreads to distant organs through the blood vessels or through lymph nodes or along nerves. It can also spread locally by directly growing into surrounding organs. ...Read more

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How I can avoid cancer?

How I can avoid cancer?

Million dollar?: Cancers are multi factorial. Healthy diet, exercise, proper rest, avoiding stress, vitamin supplements, healthy environment, preventative check ups, annual physicals, are all important.
Genetics are also a strong influence. ...Read more

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What is a cancer cluster?

What is a cancer cluster?

More than expected: A cancer cluster is a term used by statisticians and epidemiologists to refer to a greater than expected incidence of cancer in a certain group of people in the same geographic area over a certain period of time, often suggesting an environemental link. A notable historical example is testicular cancer among chimney sweeps in 18th century london. ...Read more

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Can takis give u cancer?

Can takis give u cancer?

No: I am not aware of any reason to think that spicy corn chips can give you cancer. However, there is nothing to stop some jerk from making this up, and people want to believe foolish scare stories. If the stuff actually caused cancer, somebody at the nih would be able to prove it -- real science is driven by vanity & no conspiracy can suppress it. Enjoy your corn chips. ...Read more

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Can prayanam cure cancer?

You mean pranayama?: Pranayama is a yoga routine. It may enhance well-being and enhance personal strength but I am not aware of any proof that it cures cancer. ...Read more

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Best way to avoid cancer?

Best way to avoid cancer?

Can't totally avoid: ...All cancer but do this: don't use tobacco products, limit alcohol intake, exercise, eat well, know your family history, and establish a relationship with a good family doc who will recommend the age specific screenings based on your risk.
Alas, there are things out of our control so don't let this become an obsession in your life. ...Read more

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What is stage four cancer?

What is stage four cancer?

Cancer spread: There are 4 stages of cancer. Stage 4 means the cancer has spread from the starting organ into another organ. Examples: breast cancer into bone, colon cancer into liver. Stage 4 cancers are usually not cured surgically and often require chemotherapy. The goal of treating stage 4 cancer is to prolong life and ease suffering. Rarely some stage 4 cancers are cured...Think lance armstrong! ...Read more

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Can aniexty give u cancer?

Can aniexty give u cancer?

No: Please try not to add to your anxiety with this idea. Do seek help for your anxiety. It can cause physical problems that can be quite serious - but not cancer. Find a therapist and work together with or without medication to deal with your issues. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can mushrooms help cancer?

Can mushrooms help cancer?

No: There is no scientific evidence that mushrooms help cancer. ...Read more

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What is small cell cancer?

What is small cell cancer?

Usually lung: This is a special kind of smoker's lung cancer that isn't curable but usually responds amazingly well for months to a few years to simple classical chemotherapy. The term "oat cell" describes its classic look. Small-cell cancers can pop up in other organs and often act similarly. ...Read more

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Can earrings cause cancer?

Can earrings cause cancer?

You decide: Don't get your ears pierced until you're very sure it's what you want and know you're not a keloid former. The fact that many people get keloids from this gave rise to the myth that it "causes cancer" -- keloids aren't cancer but are troublesome. ...Read more

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Can takis give you cancer?

Doubtful: Overeating any processed foods may cause short-term problems but we are hard pressed to associate cancer with it yet. ...Read more

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Will cancer ever be cured?

Will cancer ever be cured?

Yes and no: Cancer is not "other", it is the inevitable result of accumulated mutations in our own genes and will eventually arise and kill any multicellular organism that does not die of something else first. However, we now cure 4 out of 6 cancers mostly due to early detection. Fear cancer, but fear it rationally and with knowledge as an advocate for your own health. ...Read more

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Can xrays give you cancer?

Can xrays give you cancer?

Yes: X-ray is known human carcinogen.

Howver, the risk from medical x-ray is generally very low and usually outweighed by the benefits of getting the right diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can you feel cancer spread?

Can you feel cancer spread?

No: Unless the spread causes pain or is in a location that can be "felt" ie near the surface or deep but very large and therefore noted on exam. ...Read more

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Foods known to fight cancer?

Foods known to fight cancer?

None known to be: Effective agains existing cancer. However a balanced healthy diet and other habits may help in preventing cancer. Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruits, and whole grains; low in saturated fats and processed foods. No use of tobacco in any form and limit intake of alcohol to no more than one drink a day. It would be good to supplement your diet with daily aerobic exercise. ...Read more

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What can be done for cancer?

What can be done for cancer?

Yes Early detection: Lots could be done for cancer, awareness, research, preventive check ups, like paps, breast exam, mammography, screening colonoscopy, prostate exam in men, protecting environment and good healthy living (refrain bad habits, smoking, alcohol, drugs etc). ...Read more

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Symptoms of over I an cancer?

Symptoms of over I an cancer?

Nonspecific: In many cases, asymptomatic or no specific symptoms some vague, non specific abdominal pain, nausea, bloathing etc. When it is symptomatic- like persistent abd pain, weight loss, no bowel movement etc- usually already in more advanced stage. ...Read more

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Can you explain cancer to me?

In 400 letters: Our bodies are made of many cells, and things in the environment and dumb luck itself cause genes to mutate giving these cells an extra growth advantage over their neighbors. Eventually programs are reactivated enabling the cells to invade and spread. This is as well-established as the earth being round. Anyone who tells you something basically different about the nature of cancer is lying. ...Read more

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Does nailpolish cause cancer?

No: When used on nails or skin it has no known risk. If ingested on a regular basis it could feasibly cause many sorts of problems, but this is not studied obviously. ...Read more

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What's advanced stage cancer?

What's advanced stage cancer?

Large or spread: This depends on the cancer diagnosis, but usually means that the cancer is large or has spread beyond the site of origin. ...Read more

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Gifts for a child with cancer?

Gifts for a child with cancer?

Any gifts: Any gift that will make the child happy will be appreciated such as toys, games, books, flowers, music. Ask mom what he is fond of. ...Read more

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Can cerebullar cancer reoccur?

Yes: Often these are pilocytic astrocytomas, especially in young people. And they are prone to recurrence. Hemangioblastomas are less likely to be back, but can arise multifocally. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have cancer?

How do I know if I have cancer?

Cancer: Different cancers manifest differently. You would have to know why you're concerned. However, you can talk with your doctor about personal cancer screening (such as pap smear, self breast exam, etc), and general common signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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How can you avoid geting cancer?

Exercise, no tobacco: Avoid sunlight & tanning beds, maintain normal weight, moderate or no alcohol, avoid processed meats. Most important is don't smoke or use other tobacco products. Exercise may decrease the risk of colon and breast cancer. If you're a woman with a family history of breast cancer you may want to avoid alcohol. Processed meats contain cancer-causing chemicals. Protect your skin from sunlight. ...Read more

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How is an early cancer detected?

Regular Screening: Early cancers can be detected by timely screening per recommended guidelines. Screening programs have the potential to detect early cancers and impact survival for patients. Standard screening- mammograms for breast cancer, pap smears for cervical cancer, colonoscopy for colorectal cancers, psa & rectal exam for prostate need to be implemented through your doctors. ...Read more

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Is cancer a transmitted disease?

No: Cancer is not an infectious disease. We all have a risk of developing cancer. Many cancers seem to develop for no apparent reason. However, certain risk factors are known to increase the chance that one or more of your cells will become abnormal and lead to cancer. Risk factors include chemical, radiation, Tobacco, older age, certain infections.
http://patient. Info/health/what-causes-cancer ...Read more

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What about cancer in scond case?

What about cancer in scond case?

Unclear question: A person with one cancer is more likely to have a second cancer, either due to increased propensity to cancer or due to the effects of treatment for first cancer, or both. ...Read more

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What is the most prolific cancer?

What is the most prolific cancer?

Depends on quest: There are global estimates by who. However, the following links will give you usa stats/estimates:
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http://goo. Gl/sw3ev. ...Read more

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What is the main cause of cancer?

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

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What is Cancer a risk factor for?

What is Cancer a risk factor for?

Cancer can lead to:: Abdominal abscess, Acanthosis nigricans, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Adrenal insufficiency, Anemia of chronic disease, Blood clot in leg, Blood clot in lung, Cardiac tamponade, Cavernous sinus thrombosis, Gangrene, Group B streptococcal infection, Liver abscess, Nocardiosis, Thrush, Pemphigus, Pleural effusion, Priapism, Sepsis, Superficial thrombophlebitis, Syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone, Thrombophilia, Urinary obstruction, Acute kidney failure, Chronic atrial fibrillation, Addison's disease, Embolus, Shingles, Encephalitis, Kidney failure, Atrial flutter, High risk pregnancy, Leukocytosis, Leukopenia, Low grade fever, Lactic acidosis, Phlebitis, Tuberculosis, Deep venous thrombosis, Metabolic acidosis, Systemic inflammatory response syndrome, Addisonian crisis. ...Read more

Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more