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What do doctors do to check you for colon cancer?

What do doctors do to check you for colon cancer?

Exam: Physical exam, rectal exam, check for blood in the stool, colonoscopy if indicated. ...Read more

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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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How do doctors check for colon cancer?

How do doctors check for colon cancer?

Colonoscopy: We can check for blood in the stool and that will catch about 50% of the colon cancers. Current recommendations also include colonoscopy starting at age 50 which will catch most of the cancers and is our most powerful tool in preventing colon cancer. Polyps that will go on to form cancer are found during the colonoscopy. This should be done every 10 years. People at high risk would have more frequ. ...Read more

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What do doctors do to test for cancer?

What do doctors do to test for cancer?

It depends: If cancer in a part of the body is suspected due to symptoms (like pain) then imaging might be performed such as with CT or MRI scanning. If something is suspicious enough based on imaging, the next step would be a biopsy and evaluation of tissue by pathology. We don't screen everyone for all cancers. Some types of cancers, such as breast, we do perform mammography screening after a certain age ...Read more

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How do i get bowel cancer screening?

How do i get bowel cancer screening?

Colonoscopy.: At your age, your best bet would be to visit a Gastroenterologist and schedule a colonoscopy. You need regularly scheduled colonoscopies starting at age 50. ...Read more

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How do doctors go abou detecting throat cancer?

How do doctors go abou detecting throat cancer?

Start with an exam: First, the primary care provider, will listen to the patient's symptoms and perform a throat examination. If necessary, the pcp will refer the patient to a otolaryngologist for a more comprehensive exam. If a lesion is seen in the throat, a biopsy may be necessary to evaluate for cancer or other causes of visible abnormalities. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell if you have lung cancer?

How do doctors tell if you have lung cancer?

Usually a Xray: Of the chest shows an abnormal shadow. It may be found routinely or on an xray for symptoms of cough or chest pain. The diagnosis is made with a tissue biopsy to confirm it is cancer. This can be a needle biopsy usually guided by ct scan or a surgical biopsy. Other tests like pet scan can help with staging the cancer. ...Read more

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How do people get sarcoma cancer?

How do people get sarcoma cancer?

Usually random: Sarcomas are bone and soft tissue cancers. Generally, these occur because of random events in most patients. However things like radiation exposure can increase the risk of bone and soft tissue sarcomas particularly with higher dose radiation like used for treatment of other cancers. There are some genetic diseases like li-fraumeni that can result in getting a sarcoma and other cancers. ...Read more

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How do you get tested for testicular cancer?

How do you get tested for testicular cancer?

Physical & lab tests: A physical examination for testicular mass should be the first step. Some testicular cancers may be tested for by examining blood levels of afp, and hcg. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get colorectal cancer gene test?

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Where do I go to get colorectal cancer gene test?

Discuss with your MD: Some evaluation /analysis can be done on the cancer tissue . Your oncologist can ask the pathologist to test it. Then, your oncologist can refer you to a genetician /genetic counsellour to start with -whom then will order the necessary genetic test based on your personal/family history. Discuss in detail with your oncologist. ...Read more

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How do gyn doctors screen for colorectal cancer?

How do gyn doctors screen for colorectal cancer?

Exam: Gyn docs screen for colo-rectal cancer the same as any other doc. Rectal exam checking for lesions, screening for blood in the GI tract, and referring high-risk patients for colonoscopy when indicated. We also follow the same guidelines for referring patients for routine screening based on risk factors or age. I hope that answers your question. ...Read more

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How do people get cancer?

How do people get cancer?

Cancer: Cant answer in this short space. Some is genetic, lifestyle, exposures - excess sunlight, noxious materials, excess radiation- too many ct scans, x-rays. One theory is we produce cancer cells waiting for chance to grow- xs radiation, viral triggers, but ultimately lifestyle. Think consulting good nutritionist, review diet, lifestyle. Many foods are cancer fighting, anti oxidants, exercise, sun pro. ...Read more

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How do I get screened for intestinal cancer?

How do I get screened for intestinal cancer?

Colon cancer: You are rather young to start screening for colon cancer, unless you have family history of early onset colon cancer. If you do not have such history you can wait to the age of about 50 to start screening. If you do have family history, then depending on the history, you may need blood tests to test genetic susceptibility and colonoscopy. ...Read more

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How do you get tested for breast cancer?

How do you get tested for breast cancer?

See your doctor: Physical examination by your doctor and mammogram is the starting point. Sometimes additional testing such as ultrasound, MRI scan, or needle biopsy may be indicated. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat stomach cancer?

How do doctors treat stomach cancer?

Surgery: Normally it is treated with surgery to remove parts or the whole stomach. Certain patients may need chemotherapy and/or radiation along with their surgery. ...Read more

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I want to know why you can't get vaccinations for cancer?

I want to know why you can't get vaccinations for cancer?

One available: There is one available that has great promise.The hpv vaccine can prevent people from getting the virus that triggers cervical, esophageal, penile and rectal cancer. However, we don't yet have a vaccine for the others. There are so many different causes and separate vaccines for each may be possible in the future.Time will tell. ...Read more

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Doctors, how much/long do you have to smoke to get lung cancer?

Doctors, how much/long do you have to smoke to get lung cancer?

Not a lot: 15% of smokers (>100 total cigarettes in a lifetime) develop lung cancer. If you smoke 4 cigarettes per day, that is >1200 cigarettes a year! 80% of all lung cancer is caused by smoking. Both direct and secondhand smoking of tobacco (and marijuana) are unsafe. Additionally, numerous other diseases and cancers are related to smoking. Don't smoke and markedly increase your odds. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell if cancer is hereditary?

How do doctors tell if cancer is hereditary?

Type of cancer: It depends to type of cancer ,all cancer are not hereditary. ...Read more

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How do doctors detect neck cancer?

How do doctors detect neck cancer?

Several ways: 1) clinical exam, using scopes (laryngoscope, nasoscope) 2) imaging: this includes computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, angiography, ultrasound, among others 3) laboratory studies of blood components 4) always a biopsy is done to prove the diagnosis. Clinical history (such as smoking, drinking), specific symptoms and length of symptoms all guide in the approach and use of the above. ...Read more

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Does family doctors do papsmere?

Does family doctors do papsmere?

Yes: Yes they are trained to know how to do it. Some male practitioners may opt to refer ladies to a gyn for the pap ( wellness peogram) or to a lady dr. ...Read more

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Hi docs, do you think I can get colon cancer at age 18?

Hi docs, do you think I can get colon cancer at age 18?

Less likely: although possible however it is less likely at age of 18 to have colon cancer. if very significant risk is present like familial polyposis, or crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis or other cancer syndrome- one can develop colon cancer at younger age -but usually older than 18 . ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me how often should you get checked for cancer?

Doctors can you tell me how often should you get checked for cancer?

Depends: This would depend on your age, family and personal medical history. For example, a family history of breast cancer would lead one to have early and frequent mammograms. A family history of polyposis and colonic cancer, would lead to recommnedations for earlier and more frequent colonscopies. The general recommendations for screening include mammagrams and pap smears (for females), and colonscopies. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is anal cancer and how do you get it?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is anal cancer and how do you get it?

Usually squamous: Starts as a bump or ulcer. The known risk factor is unprotected receptive anal intercourse, and it's related to hpv as is cervical cancer. It's under intensive study right now, and folks who do this sort of thing can get a screening like a woman's cervical pap smear. ...Read more

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I need to know when should I start going to the doctor to get checked for cancer?

I need to know when should I start going to the doctor to get checked for cancer?

Now!: It is time for you to see your doctor for many reasons, such as checking for diabetes, blood pressure, blood lipids, a physical examination, vaccinations and more. Cancer check will be just one part of your evaluation and at your age you need to establish a baseline for your health issues. ...Read more

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Is there a test I can get done off my Doctor to check for cancer?

Yes, See my response: I have answered your second question already. There are tests for cancer screening and early diagnosis of Cancer. Go see a doctor, preferably an Oncologist. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting colon cancer and how did doctors get that probability?

46 cases/yr in 100K: The risk of developing cancer of the colon and rectum is low (46 cases out of 100k population per year, in the us.) this comes from large population data studies, called "seer cancer statistics review" http://seer.Cancer.Gov/statfacts/html/colorect.Html. ...Read more

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What are they actually checking in a physical? I asked if I should be worried about cancer as a young teenager and a doc said get your regular checkup

Not under 16, I hope: Bright Futures guidelines for annual health maintenance in teens include: CRAFFT screen for tobacco,alcohol & drug use, HEADSS screen for lifestyle, e.g.depression, sexual activity, school. Physical exam with vision, hearing, BP, ht., wt. & BMI. Age 16-18: test for cervical dysplasia in girls, HIV, STI's. Education on safe sex, lifestyle, daily Folic Acid supplements for girls. Immunizations. ...Read more

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Hi my mane is Mario reyes and I have a question my father get nake cancer like 4 years ago but after doctors move the tumor he have pain all his body?

Hi my mane is Mario reyes and I have a question my father get  nake cancer like 4 years ago but after doctors move the tumor he have pain all his body?

Neck?: Mario, I am not sure what you mean by "nake cancer" but if he has problems like the ones you describe, perhaps his oncologist or at least his family doctor should evaluate him. Hopefully it is not a serious problem. Best to you. ...Read more

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Can the doctors tell if a person has cervical cancer before they get a cone biopsy done?

Can the doctors tell if a person has cervical cancer before they get a cone biopsy done?

Cervical cancer: Sometimes it's possible to tell ahead of time but not always. Usually a biopsy is done first to make the diagnosis. But since the biopsy is just a small piece of tissue, it's possible that there may be a cancer in a different area of the cervix that wasn't biopsied. In that case, it would be found on the pathology of the cone biopsy instead. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! what can you tell me about the cancer children get called rhabdomyosarcoma?

Need doctor's help! what can you tell me about the cancer children get called rhabdomyosarcoma?

NCI: A good source of information for parents who have children with cancer, such as rhabdomyosarcoma (rms), is the national cancer institute (nci). For rms, see: http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/childrhabdomyosarcoma/patient/page1/allpages. ...Read more

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Bump on my ovary inside. Grew over past 5 years. Doc says it's a cyst. I was worried of cancer. Should I get another opinion?

It depends on size: Small cysts in the ovary are quite common. If the size is larger than 1-2 inches, then it is a good idea to get a second opinion because you want to be sure that it is not the beginning of Ovarian cancer which frequently presents as a growing cystic tumor . A short term follow with an Ultrasound examination in 3 to 6 months is another option to check it for further growth. ...Read more

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Hello doctor i've been smoking for about 9 months and want to quit will i get cancer plz help im only 20 and dont want to die soon :'(?

Hello doctor i've been smoking for about 9 months and want to quit will i get cancer plz help im only 20 and dont want to die soon :'(?

Smoking: Congratulations on your decision and your desire to quit smoking! That is one of the best decisions you can make for your health in your life. The good news is by stopping now your lungs will repair themselves and within months be basically back to normal. Your risk of cancer from smoking will be gone. I recommend using OTC patches and following directions to wean, need help see your doctor. ...Read more

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I just had a colonoscopy this year it came out fine. My doc. Did a blood test last month and it came back positive. Could I get cancer that fast?

I just had a colonoscopy this year it came out fine. My doc. Did a blood test last month and it came back positive. Could I get cancer that fast?

Unlikely: But there are a lot of reasons for blood in the stool. Certainly colonoscopy is not 100% as well. I am sure your doctor is working through the possible causes. ...Read more

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Why do some doctors say marijuana can cause cancer while other doctors say no it cant? Cant we get a definitive yes or no like we did with tobacco?

Why do some doctors say marijuana can cause cancer while other doctors say no it cant? Cant we get a definitive yes or no like we did with tobacco?

No: There is no evidence that marijuana causes cancer but there is also insufficient research on marijuana - primarily due to it still being classified by the U.S. Govt as Schedule 1 which limits research on it. Therefore, those who say it does cause cancer are not basing it on any research whatsoever but there haven't been long-term trials or registeries to entirely refute that either. ...Read more

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I have 2 lymph nodes swollen that my doc said are ok. If it was cancer, how long would it take for them to get bigger? And is it bad both are swollen?

It really varies.: There are many causes for swelling of lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy.) the vast majority of time this is due to infection and/or inflammation in the area. If the lymph node swelling is getting larger over a few weeks, it's important to discuss this with your doctor. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/swollen-lymph-nodes/ds00880. ...Read more

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Help doctors! what're your chances of living if you get liver cancer surgery?

Help doctors! what're your chances of living if you get liver cancer surgery?

Depends on tumor: Nowadays you'll almost certainly leave the hospital alive after surgery. If it's a primary liver cancer and quite small and the surgeons are optimistic about getting it all, you chance of a cure nowadays is probably better than even. Even metastatic disease can be managed for some tumors over years or even decades. You have a right to know the odds from your physician, though, ; decide. ...Read more

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On-line doctor writes that colon cancer is extremely common among healthy people in their sixties. So, everyone in age group will get colon cancer?

Colon Cancer: The lifetime risk for developing colon cancer is about 4.5%. The median age at diagnosis is about 70. It is the 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer. So, relatively speaking, it is a common cancer, but it is not extremely common. Most people won't get colon cancer. ...Read more

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Doctors, how much/long do you have to smoke to get lung cancer?

Not a lot: 15% of smokers (>100 total cigarettes in a lifetime) develop lung cancer. If you smoke 4 cigarettes per day, that is >1200 cigarettes a year! 80% of all lung cancer is caused by smoking. Both direct and secondhand smoking of tobacco (and marijuana) are unsafe. Additionally, numerous other diseases and cancers are related to smoking. Don't smoke and markedly increase your odds. ...Read more

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