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Cancer Under Fingernail
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
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
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
I started seeing black lines running down my fingernails. Between 2-3 on 4 different nails. Should I go to Skin and cancer center?
Get checked now: If these appeared suddenly and there was no trauma get checked now since it may be a sign of a serious heart condition. ...Read more
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Depends on quest:
There are global estimates by who. However, the following links will give you usa stats/estimates:
http://goo. Gl/sw3ev. ...Read more
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
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