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Will 1 in 3 people in their lifetime get a cancer diagnosis?

Will 1 in 3 people in their lifetime get a cancer diagnosis?

May be: Many cancers can be cured. It is more important to stay healthy and improve your risk for cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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Can your colon cancer come back after 5 years of being in remission?

Can your colon cancer  come back after 5 years of being in remission?

Yes: A majority of colorectal cancers, if they recur, recur within 3-5 years, but it is possible to recur later as well. The other possibility is development of new cancers or polyps, which is why surveillance/screening colonoscopy may be warranted. Ask your doctor/surgeon for more information. ...Read more

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Possibility of colorectal cancer in younger people. Which persons should get colonoscopy <50 years?

Possibility of colorectal cancer in younger people.  Which persons should get colonoscopy <50 years?

Colonoscopy <50 y o: There are several nationally-recognized colonoscopy screening guidelines. Most agree the following patients under 50 year old should undergo colonoscopy:1) afro-american males at age 45; 2) familial syndromes that predispose to early colon ca (fap, lynch syndromes, etc.); 3) inflammatory bowel of longstanding; 4) history of colon ca or adenomatous polyps at young age; 5) other select settings. ...Read more

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Person diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Had whipple operation and past benign pet/ct scans over past 6 months. Can person think this as cancer free?

Person diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Had whipple operation and past benign pet/ct scans over past 6 months. Can person think this as cancer free?

Not entirely: Scans cannot detect small cells that are in the process of growing. It is however a positive sign that there was nothing seen in the scan. Best to foow the recommendation of the medical and surgical oncologists, and have the recommended follow up scans. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Chance that 4 CT scans over 2 1/2 years would all miss sympotomatic colon cancer (narrow stool, occasion blood), also sigmoidscope to 35 cm.

Chance that 4 CT scans over 2 1/2 years would all miss sympotomatic colon cancer (narrow stool, occasion blood), also sigmoidscope to 35 cm.

Fairly high risk: CT scans are NOT good tools for looking inside the bowel. Endoscopy is the preferred tool, but a sigmoidoscopy, at its best, misses looking at half the colon. A look to merely 35 cm has missed about 85-90% of the colon. The usual method to evaluate the colon is a complete colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Can hsv1 remain dormant for over 20 years and then flare up?

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Yes: Hsv type 1 and type 2 infections are chronic/life long. Even without a flare up, the virus is produced by your cells at low levels and you can be contagious. Not all causes of flare ups are clear; they tend to occur during times when the immune system is decreased. This can occur with stress, fighting other infections (like a cold) or with certain meds. Certain meds can decrease contagiousness. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy 9 years ago .Marked turtuousity of the sigmoid and a redundant loop , scope could not be passed further. Any tec improvements last 9 years?

Colonoscopy 9 years ago .Marked turtuousity of the sigmoid and a redundant loop , scope could not be passed further. Any tec improvements last 9 years?

Possibly: Success of colonoscopy often related to degree of sedation for procedure. Also related to experience of colonoscopist . Flexible colonoscope usually employed to go around curves. Noninvasive virtual colonoscopy using ct and MRI but does not allow for therapeutic maneuvers such as polyp/tumour removal or biopsy nor visualization of lesions smaller than 5 millimeters. ...Read more

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I first was diagnosed with chronic myofacial pain disease in 2004.. Then in 2006 chronic fatigue immune disorder put me down severely in bed which I have been in for 7 years . Over the years i've kept getting others illness over and over .. My lymphos

I first was diagnosed with chronic myofacial pain disease in 2004.. Then in 2006  chronic  fatigue immune disorder put me down severely in bed which I have been in for 7 years . Over the years i've kept getting others illness  over and over .. My  lymphos

Learning to manage: Some things get better, some things can be cured and a lot of medical issues we manage. If a complete rheumatologic, infectious and metabolic workup was negative ie: lyme, vitamin d level, thyroid etc then you have to check lifestyle issues: obesity, smoking, exercise routines and diet as well as sleep patterns. You may then need to see a well versed pain management specialist or physiatrist. ...Read more

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Metastic colon cancer . Chemo started in march . Person passed away within 2 weeks of appetite loss and bilirubin increase . Although scan showed stable disease . Can this happen. ?

Metastic colon cancer . Chemo started in march . Person passed away within 2 weeks of appetite loss and bilirubin increase . Although scan showed stable disease . Can this happen. ?

Yes: While most patients with metastatic colon cancer receiving chemo can function in the advanced stage of disease for 5-7 months, some live only a few weeks after chemo is initiated. This is due to extent of liver and other sites of mets. Although scan showed stable disease, some tumors express TNF and develop cachexia and loss of appetite leading to organ failure and end stage disease. ...Read more

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Why has childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in kids become so common over the past 10 years in the u.S?

Why has childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes in kids become so common over the past 10 years in the u.S?

Poor food, sugar bev: There is a direct correlation with the increase in childhood obesity and sugary beverage consumption. The facts regarding this are astounding. In addition, children are victimized by advertising in their tv programming that predisposes them towards horrible foods (sugar cereals) that disguise themselves as healthy (i.e., whole grain etc). Portion sizes have grown while nutrition is depleted. ...Read more

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Can chlamydia remain dormant in the body for years?

Can chlamydia remain dormant in the body for years?

Yes: Chlamydia may be a silent infection for years. Even though it it not causing any overt symptoms, it may be causing inflammation of the the cervix, the uterus, and the tubes. Over time this can result in damage to the tubes that may affect fertility. It is important to have a PCR test for chlamydia if you have had sex without condoms with a partner who could be infected. ...Read more

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If a patient had subtotal colectomy w/Ileostomy placement resulting in short bowel syndrome for over 13yrs, could they have their Ileostomy reversed?

If a patient had subtotal colectomy w/Ileostomy placement resulting in short bowel syndrome for over 13yrs, could they have their Ileostomy reversed?

It depends : This is a difficult question to answer without more data. Assuming they had some sort of small bowel resection and truly has "short gut," then reconnecting to a rectal stump will likely not improve the condition, as the rectum does not provide adequate nutritional absorption (mainly just water resorption). This needs to be discussed with a general surgeon along with radiographic evaluation. ...Read more

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In messive barin hemrraige can upper brain stem recover with time passing? Age 73 person is in coma blood desolving

In messive barin hemrraige can upper brain stem recover with time passing?
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person is in coma 
blood desolving

Pressure effects: Bleeding into the brain produces severe pressure effects that can damage the brainstem. The blood itself can dissolve and go away, but the brain damage remains. Some recovery may occur, independent of what happens to the blood. Recovery from coma may be very slow and hard to predict. The primary doctor should be able to help you understand the prognosis. ...Read more

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Bowel issues 3 years, 4 Ct scans over that time with oral contrast, sigmoidoscopy to 35 cm, only diverticulosis seen, chances of missed cancer?

Bowel issues 3 years, 4 Ct scans over that time with oral contrast, sigmoidoscopy to 35 cm, only diverticulosis seen, chances of missed cancer?

Slim: in spite of the low chance of missing a cancer, a complete colonoscopy would examine the rest of the colon not visualized on sigmoidoscopy. CT is only fair to see colon cancers unless large because stool may get in the way. If you are still concerned then talking to your doctor may resolve these issues. ...Read more

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Autopsy studies show that 1.7% of average-risk people in 20s have an adenoma, so why don't they recommend screening for bowel cancer before age 50?

Autopsy studies show that 1.7% of average-risk people in 20s have an adenoma, so why don't they recommend screening for bowel cancer before age 50?

No value: The only value in removing polyps is the rare one that has genetic changes to become cancer. About 90% don't progress. Survival hasn't changed with long history of polypectomy. In those that do change it takes years for the transformation and for the other lesions, they don't show up as a bowel malignancy until one is usually in their 50's. ...Read more

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What percentage of people in the us are currently living with cancer or have had cancer @ some point in their life?

What percentage of people in the us are currently living with cancer or have had cancer @ some point in their life?

Prevalence: 4%: Statistics are squirrely, though. "prevalence" = # of living americans who who have had or now have cancer, about 12 million. "incidence" = # who get it in any one year: 0.6%, 1.64 million. Notice that these numbers are far below the risk of certain cancers. 11% of women will get breast ca for instance. For more great statistics on cancer, google "cancer facts & figures". ...Read more