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Could a chronic bad taste in my mouth be a sign of cancer?

Could a chronic bad taste in my mouth be a sign of cancer?

No: Chronic bad taste in the mouth is usually a result of sinus disease, gum disease, or acid reflux (stomach acid coming up into the mouth.) Medications can cause this, as can nutritional supplements. Zinc deficiency can also cause this. Very rarely, cancers of the mouth or throat can cause a bad taste in the mouth, but other symptoms would be expected. ...Read more

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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Are bumps and red dots in my mouth a sign of cancer or something else?

Are bumps and red dots in my mouth a sign of cancer or something else?

Need for examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining the lesions. If the lesions have persisted for more than a couple of weeks, it would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I've got a small, hard, fixed in place lump behind my ear lobe, sort of in line with my mouth. It hurts to touch. Could be a sign of cancer?

I've got a small, hard, fixed in place lump behind my ear lobe, sort of in line with my mouth. It hurts to touch. Could be a sign of cancer?

Level II Lymph Node: What you are describing is a level ii lymph node.

These are enlarged when you get a sore throat, and can be enlarged when cancer spreads to them as well.

You could also have an infection (that might be red or warm).

The fact that it is hard, though, makes it more worrisome for cancer.

I would definitely have it checked out. ...Read more

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Could my neck lump be a sign of cancer? I have a pretty big lump that is visible on my left side especially if I turn my head. I am 21 years old cur

What about the lump?: If it is VERY large, more than a good inch across, rock hard, and / or stuck to nearby structures, get it seen. Otherwise, it's probably a lymph node and your friend. ...Read more

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There's something white on my tongue, like a wart, tuber or a white pimple. Is it a sign of cancer?

There's something white on my tongue, like a wart, tuber or a white pimple. Is it a sign of cancer?

Can't tell here: White abnormalities (not just taste buds) should be seen by a dentist or md (perhaps ear, nose, throat doc). Cancer unlikeky at your age. Get examined. ...Read more

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If I have uneven, misshappen ulcerated tonsils, is this a sign of cancer?

If I have uneven, misshappen ulcerated tonsils, is this a sign of cancer?

Possible: To know that the tonsils are misshappen and ulcerated suggests that there were symptoms requiring evaluation. Misshapen and ulcerated suggests that there is a definined infection causing this problem or that a malignant process is taking place. Squamous cell carcinoma is not uncommon nor is lymphoma. Considering the possibility of tumor development, biopsy is a requirement. ...Read more

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Does a pea size lymph node under a chin a sign of cancer? 5 months and its not painful. I have discomfort under my chin and tongue due toacid reflux.

Does a pea size lymph node under a chin a sign of cancer? 5 months and its not painful. I have discomfort under my chin and tongue due toacid reflux.

No: Everybody has a few lymph nodes palpable in the neck. Since my strep throat as a second year med student, the one under my chin has been the size of a gorbanzo bean. Dozens of worried young adults have palpated it and been reassured. If your node is not growing, is not stony-hard, and isn't fixed to the surounding structures, ignore it. ...Read more

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I have difficult swallowing saliva only but no pain. Sometime upper abdomen heaviness and chest heaviness. Can this be sign of cancer?

I have difficult swallowing saliva only but no pain. Sometime upper abdomen heaviness and chest heaviness. Can this be sign of cancer?

Well...: Some of those symptoms can be seen in certain cancers but also can be due to many other conditions. At your age, I would say cancer is unlikely but you need to see a physician for a full evaluation. We cannot do that on health tap. Remember to avoid tobacco, limit alcohol intake, eat well, and exercise. Best to you. ...Read more

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Sign of cancer or std? Sudden appearance of a bald spot. Suddenly I have bald spot on the side of my head. It's about the size of a dollar coin. I'm a 24-year-old girl with a lot of hair and this was just noticed.

Sign of cancer or std? Sudden appearance of a bald spot. Suddenly I have bald spot on the side of my head. It's about the size of a dollar coin. I'm a 24-year-old girl with a lot of hair and this was just noticed.

Hello. : Hello. This may be alopecia areata. It is a spot where hair is lost. If that is the cause, it isn't due to cancer or a sexually transmitted disease. It usually resolves on its own. If you are worried you could always see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can a really bad taste in mouth be cancer?

Can a really bad taste in mouth be cancer?

Non-specific.: While any new symptoms, no matter what, deserves an investigation, a bad taste in the mouth would be a rather non-specific finding and would not be directly and specifically indicative of cancer by itself. ...Read more

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I have woken up a couple of times in the past couple of weeks to my legs drenched in sweat below the knee. Is this a sign of cancer or something bad?

I have woken up a couple of times in the past couple of weeks to my legs drenched in sweat below the knee. Is this a sign of cancer or something bad?

No: Nobody knows why this happens. If you have accompanying fever or weight loss, or you develop an obviously over-enlarged lymph node or two, cough, or splinter hemorrhages on your proximal nailbeds, get seen. ...Read more

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If genitals warts gets worse pretty quick is that a bad sign of cancer...?

Maybe (not) . . .: While genital warts & most cervical cancer are caused by human paplilloma virus, they're caused by different types. Therefore, genital warts indicate that hpv is present, but doesn't tells us anything about presence/absence of types 16 & 18. Of course, 2 vaccinations are available to protect against types 16 & 18. ...Read more

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Burning sensation in rectum. Having chronic non bacterial prostatitis. Is it an early sign of cancer or inflammation?

Burning sensation in rectum. Having chronic non bacterial prostatitis. Is it an early sign of cancer or inflammation?

Not Cancer!: Cancer of prostate does not occur under 30 years of age. So, I suspect your symptoms are due to Chronoic prostatitis which has little if anything to do with prostate Cancer. Your prostate doctor can guide and treat you further. ...Read more

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8 yr kid — bad allergies, I gave her Flonase. Had a nosebleed. Stopped it, had another bleed a few days later. Are nosebleeds sign of cancer?

8 yr kid — bad allergies, I gave her Flonase. Had a nosebleed.  Stopped it, had another bleed a few days later. Are nosebleeds sign of cancer?

No: If allergies are bad, the nosebleeds are most likely a sign that the mucosa of the nose is dry and irritated. Nasal saline sprays should help. Talk to your doctor about treating your child's allergies further. Good luck! ...Read more

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My skin caused by scratching, I am worried, could it be a sign of cancer?

My skin caused by scratching, I am worried, could it be a sign of cancer?

Dermatographism: Some people get hives when the skin is scratched. This results in linear welts and itching that lasts 1-2 hours.

Most cases are not associated with any conditions, but it can be associated with other conditions. ...Read more

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Could anemia neutropenic be a sign of cancer?

Could anemia neutropenic be a sign of cancer?

Possible: There are several causes of a low WBC and an anemia. Some of these can be medication related, some can be related to viral infections. There are diseases of the blood that are forms of leukemia as well.
You should be evaluated to get answers and piece of mind. Your health is important. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my neck. Could this be a sign of cancer?

I have a lump in my neck. Could this be a sign of cancer?

Depends: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor.
Wish you good health!
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Could a positive ANA 1;640 be a sign of cancer speckled pattern?

No: Usually it is a sign of autoimmune disease not cancer, it is a marker and it cannot be interpreted by itself without a clinical picture. ...Read more

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I have a pea sized lump in the armpit area. It is painless and immovable. Could this be a sign of cancer?

I have a pea sized lump in the armpit area.  It is painless and immovable.  Could this be a sign of cancer?

Must see it!: I would love to be able to reassure you but this requires evaluation by your doctor as my initial thoughts could be a cyst, an abscess, a hair follicle granuloma, or an enlarged lymph node which may indicate an underlying concerning condition. Please get it checked if it lasts > one month. ...Read more

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Could a hip joint infection be a sign of cancer?

Could a hip joint infection be a sign of cancer?

Hip joint infection: Not usually, unless there is significant lack of immunity on the part of the patient. ...Read more

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Hey am marie and there was 4 days ago when I notice a bump on my hip, and today I notice that the bump grew bigar. Could it be a sign of cancer?

Hey am marie and there was 4 days ago when I notice a bump on my hip, and today I notice that the bump grew bigar. Could it be a sign of cancer?

Hi Marie...: This is very unlikely to be cancer and more likely to be a skin infection of some sort. Try treating it with a warm compress and see your doctor if it doesn't resolve in a few days or if it becomes painful. ...Read more

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Could the new freckle under my right nipple, on the areola, be a sign of cancer?

Could the new freckle under my right nipple, on the areola, be a sign of cancer?

Yes: While rare, it is possible to develop skin cancer on the areola. Worrisome signs include a mole that is irregular, raised, ulcerated, or bleeding. When in doubt, it is best to seek out the opinion of a doctor. A simple biopsy can be performed in the office to determine if it is a cancer. ...Read more

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I have a small black bump on my arm pits and another one on my inner thigh could it be a sign of cancer it's small and black in both places?

I have a small black bump on my arm pits and another one on my inner thigh could it be a sign of cancer it's small and black in both places?

Suspect these: I suspect that these may be either comedones (blackheads) or sebaceous cysts. However, it is possible that they could be abnormal moles or even a type of skin cancer called melanoma. It is impossible to tell for sure without seeing it in person or at least seeing a picture. Have your doctor give it a quick look. ...Read more

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I have recently been waking up sweaty at night, I also feel flushed. I read on the internet it can be a sign of cancer... but I am not waking up with "drenching" sweats. More like just very clammy... what could it be?

I have recently been waking up sweaty at night, I also feel flushed. I read on the internet it can be a sign of cancer... but I am not waking up with "drenching" sweats. More like just very clammy... what could it be?

Not sure what to mak: I can not make much about it from what you have told me. Internet information is often misleading, so avoid getting into it unless you have some medical background. If you are feeling unwell(loss of appetite or weight loss), you should have a medical check up, just to be sure that all is well. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


Bad Taste (Definition)

Bad taste = unpleasant ...Read more