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How Can I Tell Whether I Have Esophagitis Or Esophageal Cancer
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
Endoscopy (EGD): The symptoms of a stomach ulcer and a stomach cancer may be similar. They may even look pretty similar when seen endoscopically. The best way to distinguish the two is by endoscopic biopsy and follow-up endoscopy to be certain that the ulcer has healed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
??: Has to be to do what? Your question is incomplete. Please clarify. ...Read more
Cannot: You cannot tell yourself. Stomach cancer is rare in the us. Would need to see a doctor for an examination and maybe see a gastroenterologist for endoscopy. Late signs of stomach cancer can be vomiting frequently, weight loss, anemia, marked upper abdominal pains going into the back. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Type of pain: Reflux (gerd) typically causes burning pain localized to the mid chest. Gallbladder pain(biliary colic) is a noncramping, nonburning, steady pain, typically in the right upper-or upper middle abdomen. It typically lasts for an hour and then goes away completely. Antacids will often help gerd but have no effect on the gallbladder. Both may be associated with nausea and vomiting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I guess you could...: ...Just like anybody else. You are young but is not impossible for that to happen. There is a lot of information about you lacking, like smoking history, family history, or symptoms, so i can't tell you much more. I suggest you visit your doc and address your concerns with him/her and see if there is any work up indicated. If you use tobacco products, please quit. ...Read more
Exam & Biopsy: Getting in to see your doctor is the best first step to a diagnosis. Often times a physical exam will create some level of "suspicion" or "reassurance", but a definitive diagnosis of benign (good) or malignant (bad) can only be made with a biopsy. Make sure you avoid tanning beds, excess sun, and smoking - particularly if you have a family history of skin cancer. Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Blood test/ EGD: Stomach ulcers have to be seen to be truly diagnosed- an upper endoscopy will help see these the best. As for pancreatitis- simple blood test called lipase and amylase can detect inflammation of pancreas and a ct scan can see the inflamed pancreas. If you are concerned about having these problems- then avoid alcohol and go see your doctor. Certain otc meds like prilosec/prevacid can help w ulcer. ...Read more
Clarify?: Having cancer is like "being a little bit pregnant." sooner or later, it will either get treated effectively or it will kill you. Period, no exceptions. Lung cancers get less curable as they get larger / spread. Any concern about a lung cancer is time for a physician's office visit. ...Read more
Rectal exam and PSA.: Digital rectal exam and serum psa levels are what doctors usually use to determine the next steps in care. Rectal exam showing one or more hard, irregular nodules on the posterior surface on the prostate is considered positive. Serum psa over 4 ng/nl is also seen but it is nonspecific, and even values <4 can possibly be in cancer cases if rectal exam is positive. That's why biopsy is done. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Colonoscopy ; biopsy: If you are concerned about possible colon cancer, see a physician. He/she will take a history and perform a physical examination. If you have a concerning history/symptoms or physical/lab findings, then the physician may refer you for a test called colonoscopy in which a scope is passed through the length of the colon and the entire colon is visualized. Biopsies can be performed if needed. ...Read more
MD: You need a doctor to examine you, preferably an ENT who can look down the throat. If you engage in high risk activities like using tobacco or excess alcohol, it would be even more important you do so but you should see one regardless if you have symptoms. Good luck with that and regards. ...Read more
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