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Help please! is colon cancer hereditary?

Help please! is colon cancer hereditary?

Can be: Most colon cancers relate more to lifestyle than inheritance but some patients do have an inherited predisposition, be it in the setting of multiple polyps (like fap or myh) or not (lynch syndrome). Families with this have early onset colon cancer and other cancers as well. Talk to your doc about this to see if you need to visit a specialist in inherited malignancies. Remember to live healthy. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

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


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What does the cancer ribbon mean to cancer survivors?

What does the cancer ribbon mean to cancer survivors?

Hope,badge ofcourage: They see and instantly identify with others wearing the cancer pin telling them that they are not alone in this fight- that there are others that have traveled the same journey and are still here - as a sign of hope and a source of information , counseling, commiserating , and to share a good cry and a good laugh. But do not ask me --- ask them - they will readily tell you their story. ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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I had scc on face, bowens on leg & now diagnosis breast cancer (focal scc also), is there a link having skin cancer & breast cancer ?

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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I had scc on face, bowens on leg & now diagnosis breast cancer (focal scc also), is there a link having skin cancer & breast cancer ?

Probably not: No correlation between squamous cell cancer of the skin with breast cancer. Scc of the skin- including bowen's disease which is squamous carcinoma in situ of the skin- are related to uv exposures. Breast cancer with a focal scc- is suspicious for metaplastic carcinoma of the breast- a very rare type of breast cancer. There is a relation between metaplastic cancer with brca 1 mutation. ...Read more

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Need expert opinions about skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. Why does cancer attack a specific part of someone's body?

Need expert opinions about skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. Why does cancer attack a specific part of someone's body?

Biological process: The dna of any cell may mutate and continue to replicate with no end to it. The ability of cells to multiply and differentiate is expressed in the growth of a baby in 9months from a fertilized ovarian cell. From 1cell to a 9-10pound baby in 9months. That ability is in every cell of the body. If the off switch for cell division is lost, cells of any type may replicate indefinitely. ...Read more

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Why don't i ever see people wearing shirts that spread awareness of pancreatic cancer?

Why don't i ever see people wearing shirts that spread awareness of pancreatic cancer?

No good screen: Forgive me if i sound jaded, but this is reality. Money drives even good causes. There's no good way to screen for pancreatic cancer that makes money for any medical technology. The expensive "breast cancer awareness" campaigns appears to me to be paid for mostly by the mammogram machine industry. It's okay with me since it helps de-stigmatize and de-magic the illness for ordinary folks. ...Read more

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Could cancer moles only mean skin cancer?

Could cancer moles only mean skin cancer?

Not sure: I'm really not sure how to answer your question. If you have been diagnosed by a pathologist with "cancer moles" that could mean that you have skin cancer, but most doctors do not use a term like "cancer mole". Doctors usually use more specific terms like "squamous cell carcinoma", "basal cell carcinoma", "melanoma", etc. If you could tell me exactly what the pathologist said, i could explain. ...Read more

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Breast, core biopsies. _ intraductuctal papilloma with associated calcificstion is it cancer ??

Breast, core biopsies. _ intraductuctal  papilloma with associated calcificstion  is it cancer ??

Breast Biopsy: The results of your biopsy should be explained by your physician or the person preforming the biopsy. We are not supposed to make diagnosis on HealthTap and do not have access to the full report or clinical correlation. ...Read more

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Hereditary breast cancer gene, what is it?

Hereditary breast cancer gene, what is it?

Wsh I had more space: BRCA 1 and 2 are important genes that have the purpose of repairing damaged DNA and destroying the one that can't be repaired, amongst other things. When they get mutated (or changed) in specific places, they quit working so the damaged DNA is left in there, resulting in the development of cancer. ...Read more

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Link between skin cancer and moles/freckles?

Link between skin cancer and moles/freckles?

Yes: Melanoma is a skin cancer starting from pigment producing cells called melanocytes. Moles which change color, have irregular borders, grow or bleed would be concerning features that mole has evolved into a melanoma. Best to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Which color ribbon represents spleen cancer?

Which color ribbon represents spleen cancer?

Lymphoma: Hodgkin's is violet, non-hodgkin's is lime green. These are the two that are likely to pop up in the spleen. ...Read more

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Liver cancer stage 4 , lung cancer and spleen cancer with cirrhosis and hep c can I take chemotherapy treatment to reduce tumor maker?

Dr. Ly Phan Dr. Phan
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Liver cancer stage 4 , lung cancer and spleen cancer with cirrhosis and hep c  can I take chemotherapy treatment to reduce tumor maker?

Hmmmm: If you'd do have cancer in liver, lung, and spleen, my advice is to talk to your oncologist about how to improve your quality of life rather than improving tumor marker. As you know, chemo agents are not well tolerated in some people. ...Read more

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Is liver resection possible for brother w/stage 4 colon cancer mest to liver w/lots of tumor.

Is liver resection possible for brother w/stage 4 colon cancer mest to liver w/lots of tumor.

Possibly: Removal of liver metastases can sometimes be helpful for patients with colon cancer. A remarkable amount of cancer can be removed usually after there has been some response to chemotherapy. If surgery is not recommended alternatives such as radioembolization, chemoembolization, radiosurgery, or rfa or cryoablation may be considered. Get with an experienced team to determine the best course! ...Read more

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What are my chances of developing skin cancer if I had 2 premelanoma and 10 clarks moles? Fair skin, green eyes, no family history of cancer.

High: You'll do well to use a good sunscreen, and especially to continue to keep an eye on your skin. You've got a reasonable chance of getting a malignant melanoma one of these days, but if you've kept up proper surveillance and spot and remote it in time, you will probably save your life by doing so. ...Read more

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Skin cancer does skin cancer only come from moles?

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does skin cancer only come from moles?

No: many sources: Although moles may develop into skin cancer, it can take on many other forms such as an ulcer, nodule, cyst, plaque, cutaneous horn, papule and other presentations. ...Read more

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What is hereditary breast cancer risk?

What is hereditary breast cancer risk?

Certain genetic: Risks, brca 1 & 2, are known, other are not, but familial clusters (mother, aunt sister) point to risk but the actual cause and function of the genetics are mysterious. We humans have a hard time with "risk". Some with no risk delvelop a cancer; others with high risk do not. The statistical facts work epidemiologicallyfor populations, but are not informative for an individual. They do cause worr. ...Read more

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Can colon cancer patients get a colon transplant?

Can colon cancer patients get  a colon transplant?

No, not needed: The good news is that you don't absolutely need your colon. For most colon cancers, the amount of colon that needs to be removed will not be missed. ...Read more

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Liver cancer stage 4, cirrhosis from hepatitis C and developed lung and spleen cancer, age is 70 can chemotherapy be useful ?

Doubtful: But it never hurts to discuss this with an experienced oncologist (cancer doctor). Make sure, however, that you know the chances of response as well as the changes induced by the toxicity of the drugs, which may make you more miserable than the disease without changing your life-expectancy. ...Read more

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Is stage 2 breast cancer bad?

Dr. John Yim Dr. Yim
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Is stage 2 breast cancer bad?

It is curable.: All breast cancer is bad, but the prognosis changes with stages. So the lowest stage has the best prognosis and the highest stage, stage 4, has the worst prognosis. Technically there is a stage 0 which is something called dcis, which hasn't invaded out of the ducts. Stage 1 is better than stage 2 but stage 2 is definitely curable. You can never know you are cured for sure so follow up is necessary. ...Read more

Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more