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How Much Lung Cancer Can You Have And Not Know It
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
Unknown: We dont know why people get cancer in the bone. Secondary cancer from other primary cancer spreading to the bone is more common that cancer that originates from the bone. We don't know how to prevent primary bone cancer. But what you can do is to have a healthy lifestyle and habits (dont smoke/drink alcohol)update your cancer screening tests recommended-i.e. Papsmear, mammogram, colonoscopy etc. ...Read more
No specific time : lline. AAD Malignant Melanoma screening: ASYMMETRY: 1 half is unlike the other. BORDER: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. COLOR: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. DIAMETER: > 6 mm. EVOLVING: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible ...Read more
Concerned about this: I am concerned about your question. Endometrial cancer is cancer of the inside lining of the uterus, and bleeding can be a symptom. If you are past menopause, any vaginal bleeding should be evaluated. I don't think there is a "typical" case here. Bleeding after intercourse is also worrisome. If you are having any bleeding that is worrying you, get it evaluated by your health care provider. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Endometrial cancer: If you are menopause-you are not supposed to have any vaginal bleeding anymore. If you do, you definitely will need to go to see your gynecologist and have it checked. One of the things that have to be ruled out besides infection, inflammation etc- is cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rare cases , yes: Most of the time , lung cancer is not hereditary , how ever 1.8% cases hereditary link is attributed , egfr ( epidermal growth factor receptor ) mutation is responsible. If some members of family has lung cancer , for early detection , extra efforts are needed ( not done in general population ) to screen by frequent chest x-rays, spiral ct scans. Don't smoke , have healthy habits to reduce incid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple symptoms: Some people do not know and a small tumor is found on x ray. People with lung cancer can vary most will develop a cough possibly with blood, some will loose weight develop infections of the lung and feel weak even short of breath. At times one can have recurrent pneumonias to find a small tumor mixed into the pneumonia. THe diagnosis is made by biopsy ...Read more
What to do if I have rheumitoid arthritis and some people say that it can kill you and how bad can it really get?
Don't be afraid: In this day and age it is very uncommon to die from a complication of rheumatoid arthritis and getting less and less common to have the serious deformities. Current treatment in the hands of a Rheumatologist versed in the current drugs used is critical to the patient and he can help you manage the disease and the fears some may tell you about ...Read more
Please explain if it is the tobacco or what they add to it that gives you the cancer and how long would it take you to get cancer from smoking?
It's the tobacco: The products of combustion include chemicals that wreck havoc on the genes. After 15 pack-years, your risk is much higher than other folks and doesn't return to baseline for a few decades. More important, you've become a slave to an addiction that now carries a serious stigma in the civilized world. I can't promise you cancer, but it will take your wind away both now and as you get older. ...Read more
What to do if i don't have lung cancer but I am asking in general. Do you think that it can be cured?
The best way: To prevent cancer is to try and live the healthiest lifestyle you can. Eating a healthy and balanced diet, staying away from tobacco products, getting routine physicals by your doctor, understanding any family history of cancers and ways to evaluate for them and following for routine screening tests such as a pap smear, mammogram, and colonoscopy. These are just a few of the things you can do! ...Read more
I heard that mono can increase your risk for lymphoma. Does the mono just relapse as lymphoma and if so how do you know if it does?
Very unlikely: Epstein Barr virus (EBV), the cause of infectious mononucleosis (mono), also can rarely cause lymphoma. The risk of future lymphoma is somewhat higher in people who have had mono, but still very low. The initial symptom of lymphoma usually is the appearance of one or more painless enlarged lymph nodes. Discuss w/ your doctor, but don't lose sleep over this! It is truly a rare problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you suggest if I have heard that guys can get breast cancer, how is this and if so what are the signs?
It's very rare: Hello- if you have a strong family history of cancer you may need to see a genetic counselor. A lump in the breast tissue (pecs) is the most common presenting sign. Usually there are no other symptoms. Men should examine the area and alert an md if a lump is found. Most lumps are not cancer (especially in men) but they should be checked out. ...Read more
Too vague: You need to give a little more information to get a useful answer. ...Read more
Because men: Also have breasts , 1% breast cancers are in men , due to lack of awareness , diagnosed late , results in poor prognosis. ...Read more
Imaging and biopsy: Most lung cancers are discovered by imaging studies such as chest x-rays or ct scans. These will show mass lesions that should not normally be present. If such a lesion is detected, then it is usually sampled by needle aspiration or bronchoscopy, and cells or pieces of tissue are studied in a laboratory under a microscope to decide if a malignancy is present and to decide what type the tumor is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
??: Has to be to do what? Your question is incomplete. Please clarify. ...Read more
Large amount...: For most people. Those who smoke as well may have increased risk with combined exposure. However, lung cancer due to environmental pollutants is pretty rare ina this country. In developing nations where occassionally fossil fuels are used in poorly ventilated spaces for cooking and heat, it is more common. Smoking is still a much bigger risk. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
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