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Do Walnuts Cause Cancer
Found lump (walnut size) in groin. hard and seems fixed to top layer of skin. no pain, can squeeze from all sides but can really move it. everything i read says cancer but are there other possibilities? no other symptoms besides getting a cold two wee
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
I have a broken tooth and directly under it on the jaw line there is walnut sized lump pushing out near my neck. Is this an abscess or cancer?
Genetic mutations: All cancers result from the accumulation of genetic mutations. The genes have a natural tendency to mutate, making life as we know it possible, and there's background radiation and chemicals that are part of nature and inescapable. Specific cancers have various hereditary (inherit a bad gene) and environmental (mutagen) causes; anything can promote by making mutated cells divide. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Actually can be good: Caffeine use in moderation actually has good health benefits such as lowering risk of diabetes among others. Caffeine is also used for treatment of headaches, often in combo with other meds. Coffee (most common source of caffeine) is actually a good thing, but the condiments such as sugar/cream/flavoring are not. So, modest black coffee consumption may boost your health. Stay healhthy. Good luck. ...Read more
Like a computer prog: The instructions for how to run your body are like a computer program. When you make a copy of the program, there is a chance you will copy it wrong, and the program won't work any more. There is a smaller chance that the copy with malfunction and crash your computer. That, basically, is what cancer is. When your cells divide and one of them has a mistake in the dna copy that crashes your body. ...Read more
Biopsy...: In most instances, it is necessary to study cells or tissues taken from a mass lesion to decide if it is tumor (versus another cause like infection, etc...) and to decide if the tumor is benign or malignant. This work is done by pathologists using microscopy and other techniques in medical laboratories. Imaging studies and blood tests are also valuable in some instances. ...Read more
Mutation: Cancer is an abnormal proliferation of cells. There are mutations in the dna that lead to the uncontrolled growth of the cells.There are certain environmental factors like tobacco smoke or radiation that are clear mutagens.The cells grow rapidly and lose their contact inhibition-thus their local spread and invasion. Cancers can also spread through the blood and set up at distant sites (metastases). ...Read more
Cancer and pain: When cancer has progressed to the point it is eroding into other tissues, like nerves, it can be extremely painful and difficult to control. If it has spread to the bones this can also be very painful, like having a broken bone. Radiation is a good tool to use to decrease pain. There are lots of different pain meds that work well too. It's important to stay ahead of the pain, be proactive! ...Read more
Gum disease? No!: I haven't seen written documentation that correlates gum disease with cancer. However if ones body is continually fighting inflammation from gum disease, it has to take a toll on ones immune system. With the mouth being the most chronically infected part of an otherwise healthy body, why take chances. Floss daily do some careful vibratory toothbrushing at the gum-tooth interface ; don't worry! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
No, but..: Psychological stress does not directly cause or directly related to the development of cancer. However, researchers have suggested that psychological factors may affect cancer progression (increase in tumor size or spread of cancer in the body) in patients who have the disease http://www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/factsheet/risk/stress. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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