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Cancer What Is It
Impossible to answer: What cancer did she have? Did she have high risk habits (like smoking)? How old when she had it? Anyone else in the family with cancer? How big is the family? Is there a gender predominance? Any shared exposures (they all lived with an in-house smoker, for example). Talk to your doc about this concern and see if you need to be evaluated by a genetics specialist. ...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
Immortal cells: The cells in our bodies are "programmed" to grow, divide a certain number of times and then die. Cancer cells lose their ability to die, and become "immortal". They will continue growing as long as they receive oxygen and nutrients. HeLa cells used today are from a cervical cancer of a patient who died over 60 year ago! ...Read more
Variable: A mass or lump. Difficulty swallowing. Change in bowel or bladder habits. Bloody stool or urine. Abnormal bleeding in a woman. Unexplained weight loss. Chest infection. Unexplained cough. Unexplained anemia. New onset of seizures. Personality change. New inversion of a nipple. Sudden accumulation of fluid in a body cavity. Change in a wart / mole. Sense of fullness in the abdomen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Much too broad: Look to the american cancer society for the early warning signs of cancer. There are many types, so there are many signs. Unexpected bleeding, weight loss, unexplained pain, enlarging lumps, breast changes, fatigue, change in stool, easy bruising, persistent cough are among signs/symptoms which could indicate cancer. Good luck. ...Read more
It varies: An airway may be obstructed, producing pneumonia. Poorly-understood tumor effects can invite infection. The tumor may erode a blood vessel and cause bleeding, or cause a blood clot, or replace marrow and prevent the making of blood. There are many other mechanisms; pneumonia is the most common. ...Read more
Diet and Cancer: Looking for the magic bullet.Well there are several things you can do: do not smoke or chew tobacco, drink alcohol in moderation, exercise regularly, maintain a weight in "healthy" range(which basically means don't get fat).Food wise: less fat is better, dark chocolate, spinach, walnuts, salmon, oats...And on and on.Don't forget protein.Everything in moderation is a good standard to live by. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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