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Do Peanuts Cause Cancer
Can aflotoxins from penuts induct cancer if one consumes about 200g of penuts a day? What are the chances?
Unlikely: The signature cancer from eating aflatoxin is hepatocellular carcinoma and this is very rare in the US except in folks with pre-existing liver disease. One of the unreliable news outlets had a big deal about aflatoxin in peanuts a few years ago, and levels may detectable here, but nothing like the horrible amounts in some parts of the developing world as a result of storing peanuts unprotected. ...Read more
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
It is genetic accide: It is not possible to answer your question exactly they way you may like to see as we cannot pinpoint in any one individual, what caused his/ her Cancer. But on a population basis the causes are multiple, including smoking, excess use of alcohol, Aging, immune deficiency, virus infections and Chemical exposure to DNA damaging agents like Radiation from multiple sources. Overeating and Obesity also ...Read more
Spoilage / fungi: The worst is fungal aflatoxin in the food that the poor must eat in much of africa, causing 100000s of cases of liver cancer. Stomach cancer, probably food-related, dropped by 80% when refrigeration and preservatives were introduced. There is a lot of obvious lies about food causing cancer; no real scientist that i know believes the gmo food scare. ...Read more
Will try: The cells in your body have a set of instructions (genes) that tell them how to behave (when to divide and even when to die). Certain agents like radiation, viruses, and toxins, often in conjunction with inherited traits, change those instructions (mutations) so now the cells go crazy and grow too much, divide too much, learn to detach and spread to other places, and don't die when they should. ...Read more
Cancer aging: Different factors: chemo-radio therapy could be taxing on you, surgery complications (if any), how advanced is the cancer (late stage- terminal phase wastes the patient the most), type of cancer (colon is a slow cancer, lung-pancreas are fast acting cancer), emotional strenght and support, age of the patient and general health. ...Read more
Multifactorial: There are many causes of cancer, including both genetic and environmental influences. There are also many types of cancer with variable presentation and treatment depending on organ system and tissue type, as well as degree of cancer spread. More information is needed... Talk to your doctor! ...Read more
IT'S JUST YOU: I know where you are coming from. Yes there are many things that increase the risk of developing certain cancers. It only does that increase the risk, therefore it is not 100%. For example: tobacco use, alcohol use, tanning beds, high fat low fiber diet, certain infections, smog, gasoline, etc, etc, etc. Best thing to do eat healthy, exercise, annual physical exam and screening test. ...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
Tobacco: Tobacco contains nicotine, which provides pleasure, and the remaining additives preserve the nicotine and facilitate its entry into the bloodstream. These other substances can cause mutations in dna that allow cells to divide without responding to the body's signals to stop (cancer). These effects can be local, from chewing tobacco in the mouth, or systemic, by inhaling tobacco in the lungs. ...Read more
Viruses and Cancer: Ordinary cold viruses, gastroenteroviruses and such are not cancer promoters. Some viruses - such as the human papilloma virus (hpv), and some others, are linked to human cancer, but they require promoters and other conditions to be present, so as long as you get screened regularly (pap smear, mammogram, colonoscopy in your 50's, etc., your doctor can detect any abnormalities early enough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Leukemia...: Any cancer that impairs the ability of the bone marrow to produce normal cells, like neutrophils, can cause neutropenia. Leukemias are the most common cause since the cancer actually originates in the bone marrow itself. Other less common causes of neutropenia are cancers that metastasize to the bone marrow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nerve involvement: Tumor tissues invade surrounding normal tissues, including nerves and that can cause pain. Tumor infiltrating the bone causes weakness and overt or micro fractures that are painful. Inflammation often accompanies cancerous tissues and may contribute to the pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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