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Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more
CORRECT: Not only breast cancer prevention but all cancers. According to the american cancer society 70% of cancer risk is in your hands! not smoking, not drinking, keeping a healthy weight, exercising and eating more fruits & vegetables will reduce your risk of cancer. Then you add screening test and you are heading the right direction. Speak to your health care provider to see what you can do now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No magic: The traditional teaching from mainstream medicine (more fruits and vegetables, less red meat) has had trouble holding up in the best studies especially in the past decade. Anyone offering you a magic diet based on 'superfoods' or whatever is just messing with you. Obesity does increase some of therisks, but you'd do better to avoid tobacco and get regular cancer screening. ...Read more
Some do and: Some do not. Some of the larger ones like md anderson, mayo and moffitt do offer these services. Cancer rehabilitation has been proven to enhance quality of life and should be offered. If a cancer center does offer cancer rehab, ask your oncologist to send you to a general physiatrist for recommendations and a possible rehabilitation plan. I hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lifestyle choices: Cigarette smoking, promiscuous unprotected sex, and low fiber diet or positve family history are simple answers for your listed afflictions, respectively. Screening tests for lung cancer (CT chest), and colon cancer (colonoscopy) are available. Check the American Cancer Society website to determine if you fit the appropriate category to have these exams. ...Read more
Several!: Currently over 80% of children diagnosed with cancer will be cured of their disease, due to advances in the treatment of common childhood cancers such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia; over 90% of children with that diagnosis are now cured. Many types of brain tumors, wilm's tumor, and lymphomas are also very curable. Metastatic bone and soft tissue tumors and neuroblastoma are still challenging. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Awareness: For you few years from now regular breast examination by the physician, monthly self examination, annual mammography , if needed sonography, some times mri, core needle biopsy of suspicious dencities. Genetic study ( braca i & ii ) if there is strong family history. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Unfortunately, there are no good "screening" tests for ovarian cancer. When an ovarian cyst or mass is present and appears suspicious, your doctor may draw a ca-125 or ova-1 test. These tests can help predict the likelihood that it may or may not be concerning for cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Family history lung cancer before 50. I'm 32 former smoker. Good age for low dose CT screen? I do not fit current screening requirements. Studies say I have 80% increase lc risk, scared!
Too early to screen: Fam hx of lung cancer in a first degree relative? Less concerning if it is not. Former smoker at 32? What is your pk/yr smoking history? Risk does not increase significantly over nonsmokers until > 10 pk/yr. Smoking assoc lung cancer is very rare before 45 yoa. If lc is in first degree relative & smoking hx >10 pk/yr and very concerned discuss with your PCP and get low dose CT at 45 then every 2 y ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Oncologists: Does medical research identify a history of spontaneous pneumothorax as a risk factor for developing lung cancer later in one's life?
No: I can find no evidence for this. ...Read more
Besides a colonoscopy, mamography, skin cancer exam, can one cancer protect his/her life? Or, is it part of ones life process until diagnosis?
Health: Other ways to promote your health 1. Don't smoke 2. Exercise on a regular basis 3. Maintain a healthy body weight 4. Wear sunscreen 5. Have routine physicals performed by your doctor 6. Limit your consumption of alcohol All things that sound like common sense, but we sometimes forget to do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Best institution for experimental protocol to add to nexavar (sorafenib) for metastatic HCC - 34 yo Asian male, s/p omental resection?
Not recommended: According to the us preventive services task force, routine screening for prostate cancer with the psa blood test is not recommended. Do still report symptoms.There is very little if any benefit and lots of possible harm from unnecessary treatments. Here is a link with the rationale: http://www.Provenhealthways.Com/prostate-cancer-screening-the-real-numbers/. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Real Rx, lots of ads: These folks market themselves aggressively to people with newly-diagnosed cancer. Today, most cancer treatments that are not part of research studies are pretty much cookbook, and i'd prefer to be treated at my personal physician's hospital. It's impossible to compare statistics between hospitals as healthier people may choose to travel further; ctca also offers "spiritual" and "holistic" stuff. ...Read more
Yes: If you have a strong family history of colon cancer in several 1st degree relatives, you may be a candidate for genetic testing, however if the test is negative it just means you do not have a genetic predisposition to colon cancer. 80% of colon cancers occur in individuals with no family history and hence would have a negative genetic test. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Early Diagnosis: I'm not sure I am interpreting your question correctly but patient education and screening of appropriate individuals will help get an earlier diagnosis which will increase survival and decrease te morbidity of melanoma treatment. The abcd rule is used to identify at risk skin lesions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does melanoma contine to grow and change on skin. Just had mole removed dr feels aytipical no changes at least in last 2 years and seen four derms (6mth screenings) rounded flat dark brown 5-6mm mole?
Ugly duckling: No hard and fast rules about when to watch and when to cut. One way to decide is the ugly duckling principle. If one mole looks a lot different then the rest remove it. If a lot of abnormal moles take the worst, the one that is changing, or new. For sure remove if =/>7mm irreg shape > 2 colors fuzzy borders. There is also the willy factor. If it gives me the "willies" get it out. Good health ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I get yearly skin screenings and will continue to do so. My question is about a previous excised mole. It was a moderate-severe atypical dysplastic nevus. I know having atypical moles can be a sign of increased chance of melanoma. I've also read that ma
Low risk: As long as the atypical nevus was excised with negative margins (normal skin at all edges), then you should be fine. Lower your risk of developing a new problem somewhere else by avoiding excessive sun exposure, or by using frequent applications of sunscreen if you must be out in the sun. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sunscreen+avoidance: It is generally thought that the best way to prevent melanoma is to avoid excessive sun exposure and to use sunscreen. However those measures will not completely protect someone from developing melanoma, particularly if they have sun sensitive skin or a family history or skin cancer or melanoma. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
NO: It only accomplishes removal of the moles. One prevents melanoma by careful avoidance of sun damage as a youth (think of the teen years), not using tobacco products and having a negative family history. If you have many moles, it is wise to seek an annual dermatology consultation with biopsy of suspicious lesions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not true: Stanford study showed that postmenopausal women had a lower incidence of melanoma. This was only an association between aspirin and the reduced risk for melanoma, not that aspirin actually helped prevent it. Possible that aspirin's anti-inflammatory properties responsible for lowering the risk. of melanoma. Other studies did not hold up ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sun protection!: Taking care of your skin is key to long term health and prevention of melanoma and other skin cancers. Regular and repeated use of sunblock as well as wide brim hats and sun rated long sleeve shirts and pants all will protect your skin and keep you looking younger as well. If you have a strong family history of melanoma or skin cancer, have a dermatologist give you a thorough exam. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Skin exam, avoid sun: Avoid the sun and protect yourself by wearing hat, sunglasses, sunscreen with spf 30 or higher, uv protective clothing. If you have a family history of melanoma, be seen more often by a dermatologist. Have regular skin checks and examine yourself monthly looking for new suspicious lesions or changes in pre-existing lesions. Early detection is key. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
I'm outside everyday in sun, am worried about the high risk of melanoma. Can i get the TB jab to help prevent?
Increased risk: You should wear sunblock every day. And try to cover up and limit your exposure as much as possible to reduce your risk. In addition you should see a dermatologist at least once a year for a complete skin examination. I would not recommended the TB jab. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Heard most melanomas start from a pre existing mole. So is it a good idea to have all moles surgically removed to prevent this? Or impractical?
Is it possible to get melanoma from one CT scan (in chest area)? If yes how we can prevent it and how long it will take to appear?
My mom died of melanoma at 38. I am trying to prevent. Are green tea and vitamin d good for prevention as well as sun protection? Is melanoma hereditary?
Full body exam: Docotor will examine face, neck, trunk and extremities lookin off any suspicious lesions. If necessary the dermatologist will also examine lymph nodes, inside of mouth. Suspicious lesions if any will be biopsied. A follow up examination will be scheduled depending on findings and skin cancer, and family history. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more
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