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Do Walnuts Cause Cancer
Some raise risk.: Phenoxy herbicides are often contaminated with dioxins like tcdd, which research suggests results in a small rise in cancer risk after exposure to these herbicides. Triazine exposure has been implicated in a likely relationship to increased risk of breast cancer, although it is unclear if it causes it. Exposure to herbicides, like paraquat and pesticides increases risk for parkinson's disease. ...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
Plant compounds: Phytoestrogens are chemicals in plants that bind to the estrogen receptor (ER). They can stimulate or block the receptor. Soy beans and flax seeds contain phytoestrogens. Women in Asian countries who eat a lot of soy have a lower chance of getting breast cancer, so it may be preventive. But studies are conflicting. I tell my patients with ER+ breast cancer not to overdose on soy or flaxseed. ...Read more
Does smoking marijuana cause cancer? I had thyroid cancer and would like to know if related. No tobacco. Can. It. Cause throat cancer.
Probably not: First an internet hoax, then a few real papers not signed by colleagues. It makes little sense to think a estrogen weaker than tofu applied to the armpit, where it probably won't even be absorbed, overrides a woman's own powerful hormones. Statistical correlations are notoriously misleading because of people's selective memories & even these are weak. I'm dismissing it as junk science at best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: Sweet 'n' low, which is made from saccharin, has never been shown to cause thyroid cancer, in man or in animals. There was some concern in the past that it can cause another type of cancer at very high doses in animal studies, but this was apparently disproven in primates and in fact saccharin has been removed as a potential carcinogen in several government lists. ...Read more
Eat fewer hot dogs: Hot dogs are relatively cheap and taste good. Watch out however for what's in them--read labels carefully to assess what meat is used and how much fat and preservatives are involved in their manufacture. Excessive dietary animal fats have been associated with an increased risk of cancers of the GI tract . Instead, eat a well balanced diet high in monosaturates, whole grains, fruits, vegetables. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
They can change!: Melanoma is a skin cancer that involves the cells which produce pigment. Moles on our skin also contain the same cells so when they change and appear worrisome (the abcde's) we worry about those cells transforming into melanoma. So moles don't cause cancer but can transform into cancer given the right conditions (sun exposure, family/genetic history. Etc..). Visit www.Skincancer.Org for more info. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Absolutely: Therapeutic radiation famously causes certain sarcomas. After chernobyl, the worst was thyroid cancers that were thankfully mostly manageable. After hiroshima / nagasaki, there was a lot of leukemia, some increase in breast and other cancers. Home radon ; lung cancer is complicated and politicized. I believe the risk from worthwhile diagnostic x-rays is far lower than some scare-stories. ...Read more
Ooh..the love bites: Well, hickies are signs of some love; i call them love-bites. These are minor skin bruising and generally resolve in just a few days. Love-bites don't cause skin cancer and so enjoy them while you can. The world we live in now could use a bit more love. Have fun, be safe, and good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's in them?: Your question is very general. All sorts of things might be sold as 'breast enhancements'; most don't work and might contain dangerous chemicals. If what you take contains hormones, some of those might predispose to cancers depending on dose and duration of use. Ask your doctor and bring him/her the container with the ingredients label of what you are using. ...Read more
Not typically: There can be fibroids that have cancerous changes in them called sarcomas (muscle tumors - the uterus is a smooth muscle) that can be a very aggressive cancer. These are usually associated with rapidly growing fibroid tumors. Speak to your gynecologist to learn more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: An article was published in Korea: Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2014;15(19):8509-19. There has been an association with food with increased nitrosamines and gastric gastric cancer. This is why the incidence of gastric cancer is seemingly higher in the Asian/Korean population. Additional studies are needed to prove that the association is actually 'statistically significant.' ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do these supplements cause prostate cancer. Selenium and vitamin e derived from sunflower oil. I didn't take these yet just to be on the safe side. ?
Not sure yet, but...: There has been no real study on how selenium & Vit E may induce prostate cancer. Most supplements are preying on public's fear and anxiety for commercialism with conflicting info on benefits or harms. In general, you may use them in moderation, but seriously take healthy lifestyle with no overindulgence as the foundation of all care. More? Go to articles in http://formefirst.com/onLifeBasics.html. ...Read more
Do benign fundic gland polyps turn to cancer? Many in stomach 3-6mm, should I have surgery to remove or stop Prilosec Grandpa died from stomach cancer
No: These type of polyps do not turn to cancer. That doesn't mean the cancer couldn't develop. Just the fact that your grandfather had stomach cancer does not pose a great risk to you most likely. Follow the recommendations of the doctor that did the endoscopy. If you're worried, you could always have the study Repeated In five years or so. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Not ionizing: A chemical that truly causes cancer at realistic doses must mutate genes. Ionizing radiation (high-frequency) does this, but radiation at microwave levels won't. Further, even subjecting food to ionizing radiation doesn't seem to produce cancer-causing chemicals. And microwaves are too long to ionize, so even microwaving yourself would cook you but not give you cancer. ...Read more
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