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Doctor insights on: Common Forms Of Cancer

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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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What are common forms of childhood cancer?

What are common forms of childhood cancer?

Childhood leukemias: Childhood leukemias taken together are the most common form of childhood cancers. This is followed by brain tumors, lymphomas, and bone and soft tissue sarcomas. Other common childhood cancers include neuroblastoma and wilms tumor. ...Read more

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How are the most common forms/types of cancer detected/screened for? Which common types have no screening tests at all, at this time?

How are the most common forms/types of cancer detected/screened for? Which common types have no screening tests at all, at this time?

Following: Breast, cervical, and colon are routinely screened for. Prostate screening is controversial. Lung cancer screening is available for high risk individuals. Skin cancer recommended but not commonly done. All others have no screen in particular ovarian and pancreatic. ...Read more

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Why is cancer so common?

Why is cancer so common?

Longer lives: If you control for the fact that we're living longer, smoking more (lung cancer) and women aren't always pregnantor nursing (breast cancer), cancer is no more common nowadays than it ever was. Cancer results from accumulation of genetic mutations over time. We're also diagnosing it more often; in the old days, people "just died", especially children. It's not due to modern times. ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in cancer?

What symptoms are common in cancer?

Many: There are many types of cancers- thus symptoms would vary based on the type , biology of cancers. It may include some symptoms caused by the enlargement of mass- like pain, symptoms of obstruction, depending on the organ involved. Some systemic symptoms like unintentional significant weight loss, fever, chils, night sweats, etc- could be there too. ...Read more

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How can I decode common cancer terms?

How can I decode common cancer terms?

See link...: The national cancer institute provides a nice dictionary of cancer related terms. See: http://www.Cancer.Gov/dictionary. ...Read more

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What's the most common type of cancer?

What's the most common type of cancer?

Skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma is the commonest cancer, though it causes almost no deaths. Lung cancer is the commonest lethal cancer. ...Read more

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What cancers are common in men over 50?

What cancers are common in men over 50?

Three types: The three most common are lung cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. The national cancer institute keeps track of these numbers in the U.S. And you can look at them online at http://seer.Cancer.Gov. ...Read more

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What is the most common kind of cancer?

What is the most common kind of cancer?

Skin cancer: Since more than 90% of malignancies are enviromental in origin being caused by a virus UV exposure or carcinogen, skin cancers such as basal cell cancer have the hightest rate of involvement among patients. Exposure to sun and possible skin viruses can induce basal cell lesions followed by squamous Ca of the skin. Visceral lesions follow ie. lung, colon,.breast ...Read more