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Best nci national cancer institute breast cancer risk assessment tool?

Best nci national cancer institute breast cancer risk assessment tool?

Gail Risk Assessment: Gail breast cancer risk assessment tool. See: http://www.Cancer.Gov/bcrisktool/. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Screening (Definition)

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


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Breast cancer prevention starts with healthy living?

Breast cancer prevention starts with healthy living?

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 more

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Special diet to prevent cancer exist ?

Special diet to prevent cancer exist ?

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

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What health screening methods can reduce colorectal cancer?

What health screening methods can reduce colorectal cancer?

Polyp detection and: Removal. Almost all colon cancers arise in polyps and colonoscopy is the best method for detection of polyps as well as colon cancers. Other methods are testing for occult blood in stool, barium enema and 3d ct scans. ...Read more

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Do cancer centers provide rehabilitation services for cancer survivors?

Do cancer centers provide rehabilitation services for cancer survivors?

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 more

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What happened at komen foundation for breast cancer screening?

What happened at komen foundation for breast cancer screening?

Still there: The komen foundation still provides money to organizations to provide screening mammograms. I recommend checking iwth your local health department to programs. Komen relies on donations to keep providing this worthwhile services. ...Read more

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How to identify the risk factors(determinants) of lung cancer, aids, &colon cancer?

How to identify the risk factors(determinants) of lung cancer, aids, &colon cancer?

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

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Childhood cancer survivor rates are highest for which childhood cancers?

Childhood cancer survivor rates are highest for which childhood cancers?

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 more

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Current recommendations for breast cancer screening?

Current recommendations for breast cancer screening?

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 more

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How reliable are the screening tests for prostate cancer? Does prostate cancer screening save lives?

Doubtful: Psa screening of asymptomatic men has not been shown, conclusively, to reduce prostate cance mortality in the us population. ...Read more

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Is the blood marker lpa (lysophosphatidic acid) an effective screening tool for ovarian cancer?

Is the blood marker lpa (lysophosphatidic acid) an effective screening tool for ovarian cancer?

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 more

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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!

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 more

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Besides a colonoscopy, mamography, skin cancer exam, can one cancer protect his/her life? Or, is it part of ones life process until diagnosis?

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 more

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Best institution for experimental protocol to add to nexavar (sorafenib) for metastatic HCC - 34 yo Asian male, s/p omental resection?

Best institution for experimental protocol to add to nexavar (sorafenib) for metastatic HCC - 34 yo Asian male, s/p omental resection?

Many: The top Cancer Centers are located in Houston(MD Anderson) and New York(Sloan Kettering Center. Tell us which state you live in, we might be able to help you find someone closer to your home ...Read more

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What are the new prostate cancer screening recommendations?

What are the new prostate cancer screening recommendations?

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 more

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Cancer treatment centers of america ctca?

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

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Are there genetic tests available to screen for colon cancer risk?

Are there genetic tests available to screen for colon cancer risk?

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 more

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How can you use education and screening to prevent melanoma morbidity?

How can you use education and screening to prevent melanoma morbidity?

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 more

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What is the abcde screening method for melanoma?|

What is the abcde screening method for melanoma?|

Also...: "e" was added more recently. Stands for evolution- in other words a mole that has recently changed it's size, shape, and/or color; or has started to bleed, become crusty or inflammed. ...Read more

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Are there screening options for familial melanoma?

Are there screening options for familial melanoma?

Melanoma screen: All individuals with a family history of melanoma should be screened at least once per year for signs of early melanoma. Melanoma is 99 percent curable if found early, whereas if found late carries a very high mortality rate. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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

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 more

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What are the best possible ways to prevent melanoma?

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 more

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Can getting noncancerous moles removed prevent melanoma?

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 more

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Why is Aspirin supposed to be uncoated for melanoma prevention?

Why is Aspirin supposed to be uncoated for melanoma prevention?

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 more

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How can you prevent melanoma?

How can you prevent melanoma?

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 more

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What can I do to help prevent melanoma?

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 more

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What would be the best way to prevent melanoma?

What would be the best way to prevent melanoma?

Avoid sun: Avoid excess sun exposure, especially if you are fair skinned or burn easily. If you are in the sun, wear sun screen with high protection levels. Don't use tanning beds. ...Read more

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How is it possible to prevent melanoma from recurring?

Surgical Technique: The best means of preventing a melanoma from recurring locally is to have your surgeon perform an appropriate wide local resection. By taking a margin of normal skin around the melanoma you reduce of the chances of it coming back. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent malignant melanoma?

What can I do to prevent malignant melanoma?

Protect you, family: Please stay out of the sun and away from tanning beds. Use sunscreen protection and wear clothing and hats to cover the body. Have checks of your skin as advised by your doctors. ...Read more

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I'm outside everyday in sun, am worried about the high risk of melanoma. Can i get the TB jab to help prevent?

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 more

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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?

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?

MOLES: YES YOU HEARD CORRECTLY MOLES CAN PROGRESS INTO MELANOMAS, DEPENDING ON HOW MANY YOU HAVE WILL DICTATE PRACTICAL OR IMPRACTICAL. ...Read more

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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?

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?

No: Melanoma is related to skin paleness and exposure to the sun. It is also largely random in appearance. There is no correlation between ct scans and melanoma. This does not exempt you from getting melanoma in this area, however uncommon, but the ct had nothing to do with it. ...Read more

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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?

There is no herbal: There are no herbal treatments or preventives for melanoma. Avoid the sun. If she/or others in your family have developed cancers early, then there may be a familial incidence. ...Read more

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What happens during a skin cancer screening visit?

What happens during a skin cancer screening visit?

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 more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

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


Dr. Payam Rafat
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Education (Definition)

Is a form of learning, in which knowledge, skills & habits of people are transferred from 1 generation to the next through teaching, training or research . It has effect on the way one thinks, feels & acts. It is derived from the latin word meaning to ...Read more