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Is there a melanoma cancer walk or a melanoma society?

Is there a melanoma cancer walk or a melanoma society?

Yes: Melanoma is a lethal disease if untreated, early detection and excision will cure melanoma. Awareness and education is essential to cure, which is done by melanoma walks in your local area, several organisations like melanoma research alliance, melanoma. Org etc contact your local american society office for more information or your local hospital. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Recently, the American Cancer Society writes many people with pancreatic cancer live much longer than 5 yrs. And many are cured. Can this be real?

Recently, the American Cancer Society writes many people with pancreatic cancer live much longer than 5 yrs. And many are cured. Can this be real?

That's true: It depends on type of cancer, extent of disease, surgical removal of cancer, response to adjunctive treatments like chemotherapy etc and overall health condition of the patient. In a favorable combination of above factors survival beyond five years is possible. ...Read more

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What is your opinion about the american cancer society recommending neonatal circumcision due to penile cancer?

What is your opinion about the american cancer society recommending neonatal circumcision due to penile cancer?

One of many benefits: During my military service, circumcision was the most common requested elective surgical procedure. It required general anesthesia, prolonged pain & recovery. This is avoided by neonatal circs. There are few obvious benefits but they add up. Why God told Jews & Muslims to start the practice is not clear, or to wait 8 days until they can clot & not bleed to death, but that's where it started. ...Read more

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Why isn't there a cure to cancer yet?

Why isn't there a cure to cancer yet?

Too many causes: Cancer is not one illness. Each different tissue in the body can get a change in its dna and the instructions on when to get ready, grow, divide, and rest. Cancer is when the dna part that tells the cells to "rest" is lost -- so the cell continuously grows and divides. Each different type of cancer can have different dna changes, time to growth, and treatments. Maybe someday we'll find help! ...Read more

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Why won't the government legalize mj for cancer?

Why won't the government legalize mj for cancer?

Some states: Have. The feds oppose that, and probably have no way to regulate, eat crow for decades of over reaction, and appease all sides of the question. Interdiction is a monumental waste of time. ...Read more

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I won't too now how many type of cancer there are?

I won't too now how many type of cancer there are?

Too many: There are more than 200 different types of cancer. You can develop cancer in anybody organ. There are over 60 different organs in the body where a cancer can develop. And the list goes on and on. ...Read more

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My man has cancer and I don't know what to do anymore?

My man has cancer and I don't know what to do anymore?

See your doctor.: The first step is probably to see your doctor. Your doctor can at least give counseling, and support. Many hospitals/cancer centers can also help with specialized doctors, along with other services to comfort and address concerns the patient and family might have. ...Read more

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Why don't they know what causes people to get cancer?

Why don't they know what causes people to get cancer?

Its complicated.: Cancer is not just one thing. Cancer is hundreds of different diseases. Not just one. We know there are different triggers, different behaviors that place you at risk, there are different genes that increase the likelihood of cancer...we know LOTS of different things about LOTS of different cancers. But we don't know the one thing that is common to all cancers so that they can be prevented. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can smoke that doesn't cause cancer?

Probably not: Marijuana, hemp, corn silk -- burning them produces carcinogens. Electronic cigarettes may not be carcinogenic, but it's too early to tell. You still get material that might be dangerous. Best bet is to stop smoking completely and find another habit if you have to. Get some help from the american lung association, or the american cancer society. ...Read more

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What are the types of cancer that can't be treated at all?

What are the types of cancer that can't be treated at all?

Lung/brain: Almost 99% of cancer at late stage won't be treated, the worst type of cancers are lung cancers, brain cancer *glioblastoma* and sarcomas. ...Read more

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What cancers are silent killers? Does that mean they don't have symptoms?

CA silent killers: There are a few cancers that present late in the course of the disease because they have very vague or even common symptoms. Some examples are ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, glioblastoma multiforma, lung, and stomach. Some cancers are very fast growing...esophageal and Burkit's lymphoma. ...Read more

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I am curious if cancer isn't just diet based then where does it come from?

I am curious if cancer isn't just diet based then where does it come from?

Unknown: Good question, but we do not fully understand the causes of cancer. However, it is probably due to a combination of factors, including: genetics (family history), environmental exposures (tobacco, radiation), diet (as you said), and we are even beginning to understand that there are certain infections that can increase cancer risk (viral). ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if a person doesn't know he/she has cancer?

Could you tell me what happens if a person doesn't know he/she has cancer?

Cancer can spread: If a person does not know they have cancer, he longer it remaind undiagnosed and untreated and depending on the type of cancer, it can spread/metastise to other parts/organs in your body. ...Read more

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Is it possible for an ex-smoker to get cancer later on in life if they don't have cancer now.

Is it possible for an ex-smoker to get cancer later on in life if they don't have cancer now.

Yes: Ex-smokers are at higher risk of cancer than never smokers. The risk does decline with the passage of time. ...Read more

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I haven't been able to think about anything else since I was diagnosed with cancer. Is this normal?

I haven't been able to think about anything else since I was diagnosed with cancer. Is this normal?

"Eye of the Storm": There are few words that change your life more abruptly than "cancer". Most of my patients experience this all-consuming period right after their diagnosis. Hopefully, what you will find is that with each passing day, month, and year, this will eventually become a distant memory that you will rarely think about. I urge you to seek out support from family, friends, and especially, survivors. ...Read more

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I wanted to know when you have cancer, can you do things to better yourself so you won't look sick?

Yes you can: There are many support groups in every oncologists practice. They can guide you and so can the oncology nurses. There is a good solution that many cancer patients look fine and feel fairly decent. ...Read more

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How would you feel if you had cancer you didn't know you had. Without knowing would you feel any different?

How would you feel if you had cancer you didn't know you had. Without knowing would you feel any different?

Most cancers: Do not cause symptoms, particularly early. Therefore, you wouldn't feel any different until the cancer was large enough, or produced enough hormones or toxins, or was in a strategic place that induced symptoms. ...Read more

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Where did cancer originate? Who was the first person to know? Who named it cancer? Why can't we find a cure?

Where did cancer originate? Who was the first person to know? Who named it cancer? Why can't we find a cure?

While it is: Long, it won a pulitzer prize, and answers all of your cancer origin, as well as origin's of treatment questions: the emperor of all maladies, by siddhartha mukherjee. ...Read more

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I have been losing a lot of weight an I haven't changed anything about the way I eat.could I have cancer if so what kind?

I have been losing a lot of weight an I haven't changed anything about the way I eat.could I have cancer if so what kind?

Losing weight: Could have cancer but very unlikely. At your age consider hyperthyroidism. Google hyperthyroidism and look at images to see if you look like them(graves disease). But first I recommend you get they app Loseit and enter what you eat an X how much you exercise to see if you need more calories in. ...Read more

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I don't see how cancer can just grow and grow without the body being aware. Is there a more detailed explanation as to how cancer works?

Sub optimal antigen: Cancer recognized as a foreign cell like bacteria or virus. Each of latter has optimal expression of antigen so that the latter easily recognized by host immune system. In tumors, level of antigen expression is so low that the host can not recognize the cell. The immunogens now known to be oncofetal proteins with about 500 ugms needed for
recognition whereas approx. 25ugm. Present. ...Read more

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I chewed since I was 11, those videos of people with cancer doesn't effect me like they should and it scares me! How can I stop if I'm not worried?!:(

You're a teen: A teenager's emotions make even less sense than other people's. Don't try to understand yourself. Just treat yourself and other people responsibly. Teens aren't capable of bring frightenedbecause you can't conceptualize that this will someday be you. Instead, think about how disgusting girls will find kissing a guy who chews. Your physician can help you stop. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do people with cancer don't sleep very well?

Do people with cancer don't sleep very well?

Yes/No: It depends on how they are coping with their diagnosis and its treatment. There may be times when they are under stress which can prevent them from falling sleep easily. Depression is fairly common in such patients...that can prevent good sleep as patients would fall sleep OK but wake up early and then unable to go back to sleep. Medication is available to help them...just ask the treating doctor ...Read more

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What can I do to make sure cancer doesn't come back?

What can I do to make sure cancer doesn't come back?

Depends on type: Some cancers are due to things under our control, such as excess sun exposure or smoking. We can decrease the chance of getting some types of cancers by our choices.

If a cancer is already started, there can always be little pieces of it that are too small to be visible now, so you will need to check regularly with your cancer doctor who can, at least, spot a new growth as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I can't sleep since I know I have cancer what to do?

It is normal: To have difficulty sleeping after being diagnosed with any significant illness including cancer. Most of the time it will resolve once you have time to process information and embark on treatment. Sometimes a sleep aid may be necessary. If the anxiety is overpowering, or if you have thoughts of hurting yourself you need to talk to your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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I don't have a good appetite, could it be a sign of cancer?

I don't have a good appetite, could it be a sign of cancer?

Yes.: Yes. It can also be a sign of depression, anxiety, and a host of chronic illnesses. It can also be seen in people who are healthy but just don't get hungry.

The poor appetite of cancer is usually associated with unintentional weight loss. ...Read more

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I have problem with my skin, but it isn't cancer, what could it be?

I have problem with my skin, but it isn't cancer, what could it be?

Many things: There are numerous skin conditions, and without examing you or getting more of a description it is impossible to even make an educated guess. You need to see a dr. For an evaluation and get a diagnosis, so that your treatment can be tailored appropriately for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can 18 y/o get hemmroids? How can I differentiate b/t them & cancer?

Can 18 y/o get hemmroids? How can I differentiate b/t them & cancer?

Yes: Yes, 18 years olds can get hemorrhoids. The following conditions can increase the risk for developing hemorrhoids: Alcoholism, Anal intercourse, Chronic diarrhea or constipation, Diet high in fat and low in fiber, Obesity, Prolonged sitting or standing, Lack of physical activity, Loss of pelvic floor muscle tone due to age, pregnancy, childbirth, or surgery, Severe heart disease or liver disease. ...Read more

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I have deep on my tonge small boutons can it be cancer, I don't smoke?

Papillae?: If you're concerned, have your physician check, but perhaps you have simply discovered your row of circumvallate papillae. ...Read more

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What could happen if chemotherapy was given to someone who didn't have cancer?

What could happen if chemotherapy was given to someone who didn't have cancer?

Hmm: If the patient is otherwise healthy and the dose of chemo was not excessive, I would venture to guess that the person will do ok once he/she passes the acute toxicity period. A doctor should be aware of this and keep an eye open for signs of toxicity. People without cancer are sometimes treated with chemo for other reasons, like autoimmune disorders but i'm curious about why or how this happened. ...Read more