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Cancer What Is It
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
Cruel fraud: This has been around since the 1920's and has failed every scientific test. Max gerson was warm, kind and caring in an era when little was available for cancer, and many folks remember him fondly -- along with his raw liver, magic food-chopper and weird enemas. If anyone offers this to you today, they are misinformed or worse. ...Read more
I am one of five childern, three have had different types of cancer what are my chances of getting cancer?
Depends...: I sorry to hear your siblings have cancer. Cancer clearly has a genetic component that is often heritable, but it is not straightforward. It really depends on the type, and timing, of the cancers. If you are concerned, see your physician who can refer you to a specialist in cancer, or if there is a suspicion you might have a familial cancer syndrome, a genetic counselor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Deadliest form of cancers? How many people a year did from cancer? What age are you likely to get cancer?
Wrong Forum: Such an open ended question would take more than one text book length answer. Training in Oncology takes years of advanced training after medical school and initial residency. Do you have a specific question about a symptom you are having that we can answer in 400 characters? ...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
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
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