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How To Know If You Have Bladder 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
Age and symptoms: prostate cancer while seen in males in their 40's is a more common disease with age such as 70 and older. While PSA doesn't spell yes or no, if a high level present and patient in 50's a biopsy should be performed and if positive, prognosis not good. If enlarged prostate in the 80 yr. old is bx as Ca prognosis is very good. Bx is final method for diagnosis. ...Read more
Prostate cancer: The main way to diagnose prostate cancer is with a biopsy of the prostate. Most men have a biopsy due to an abnormal PSA; the higher your PSA the higher chance of prostate cancer. If you have a PSA of 50 in the absence of other issues you have a very high chance of prostate cancer. Most men have PSA in the .5-2.5 range; a pt with prostate cancer in the bones can have a PSA over 1000 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Few symptoms such as: Increase of urinary frequency, urgency, burning, dribling, and possibly different odor in your urine may suggest a bladder infection/cystitis. Vaginitis may present with similar sx, and maybe itching/vaginal dicharge/odor. In the elderly, often in nursing homes etc..Uti may present as confusion, increase urinary incontinence etc...If you have concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms of UTI: Symptoms of bladder infection( UTI) include urinary frequency , urgency, pain with urination, and blood in the urine, which may or may not be visible. Back pain, fever and flu like feeling may be present , especially if the infection has ascended to the kidneys. See a doctor if you have any of these symptoms ...Read more
See a doctor: The first thing to do in the work up of a possible pancreatic caricnoma is to visit with a doctor and have him/her take a history and perform a physical examination. If there is concern for cancer, the physician can perform laboratory testing and imaging studies to investigate the biochemical functioning of the pancreas and its anatomy. If those are concerning, then a biopsy may be performed. ...Read more
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
Difficult: To tell sometimes, because appendicitis symptoms are varied. Usually, nausea and vomiting precedes pain in appendicitis, whereas if it is pain of musculoskeletal origin, it is the other way around. The only way to know for certain is with a ct scan, . And even they can't tell. You should go to er if you have right lower quadrant abd pain with nausea and vomiting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Here is how...: Breast cancer usually presents as a painless lump in the breast. This can be detected by the patient if she knows how to look for it and do breast self examination. If you suspect something you should go to your doctor and ask for a clinical breast examination. He/she may do a mammogram to confirm the lump and often have to do a biopsy if a lump is discovered. Biopsy is the final proof of cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bleeding/GYN exam.: This often presents with no symptoms. The most common symptom is irregular vaginal bleeding, like after intercourse or between periods, or postmenopausal. Other symptoms are pain on urination, pain during intercourse, or pelvic pain. Probably the best way to find out if you have this is by routine gyn exam, pelvic exam, pap smear, colposcopy, etc.. Des exposure predisposes to this cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
The bladder is a muscular organ in the pelvis that accepts urine from the kidneys, stores the urine at low pressure, & expels the urine during voluntary voiding. Though seemingly a simple reservoir, the bladder is a complex organ intricately connected with the brain and spinal cord with sensory, motor, and autonomic circuits. The muscular layer that contracts during voids ...Read more
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