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Infection Sign Cancer
Whenver I blow my nose there's droplets of blood and bloody mucus in the tissue. Is this normal? Could it be a sign of infection or cancer?
Probably not: Especially in dry winter air, some blood when you blow your nose can be normal. If this is unusual for you, and if you have other symptoms (congestion, fatigue, drainage, etc.), it could be a symptom of sinus infection. It would be very rare for this symptom to mean you have cancer. A simple treatment would be to start moisturizing with saline spray and a little vaseline periodically. ...Read more
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
I have a joint infection and my doctor wants to order a bone biopsy. Can this infection be a sign of cancer?
Unlikely: Although a hip joint infection is quite a difficult problem it is not typically a sign of cancer. Hip joint infections can occur in a low percentage of hip joint replacements. They also occur in infants. Other than these two patient populations, this is a relatively uncommon problem. ...Read more
My MRI showed some infection in my hip and leg joint. Doctor wants to order a bone biopsy. Can this infection be a sign of cancer?
Not likely but?: The answer depends in some part on your history. If you have no history of cancer, and the imaging suggests an infection, at your age you are unlikely to end up with an unexpected diagnosis of cancer. If you have a history of cancer, perhaps the presence of an infection in the affected bones and joint is due to an underlying cancer, prior biopsy, or depressed immune system. Consult your doctor. ...Read more
8 weeks of abdo/pelvic bloating, inflamed lower back, glands up - arms, neck, groin & sore throat blood not showing signs of infection or cancer MRI ok?
You need to see doct: A doctor's visit is necessary to help you. You have a lot of medical complaints and I wonder why? So go see your gp and he/she can explain to you what, if anything is wrong. Drinking alcohol so frequently can cause more than half of these problems. So cut that down first and then we can try to help you further. ...Read more
I tested positive for HPV a year and half ago. Went for a pap the other day and I have PID but no signs of infection. Could this be a sign of cancer?
Cervical infections: Testing positive for hpv puts you at a risk of cervical cancer but does not necessarily mean you will progress to cancer. It is important to be compliant with your pap smear exams so that cancer is not missed and early detection of precancerous cells can be managed. Just like hpv, pid is sexually transmitted but this kind of infection can lead to scarring of your pelvic organs if not treated. ...Read more
I have painful swollen lymph nodes under my arm pits and along the sides of my breasts. Should I worry? They have been this way for four weeks. I have no other signs of infection. They are really painful. Could it be cancer?
After colonoscopy & medicine symptoms of infection got better but now having 1 symptom again during bowl movements-bleeding. Is this signs of cancer?
Bleeding nonspecific: While bleeding after or during a bowel movement can sometimes be a symptom of cancer in the bowels, it is unlikely. If you recently had a colonoscopy, the physician would have noted if there was any evidence of cancer. Bleeding can be a worrisome symptom and you should connect with your physician sooner rather than later to review your symptoms and discuss options for care. ...Read more
Can you tell me the major signs and differences between lung cancer vs other benign illnesses like asthma, bronchitis, or an infection?
Asthma, COPD: And bronchitis have predictable signs and symptoms, lung cancer may have none or all of these, and already spread. We no know that if you smoke, and are over 50, a screening ct with low dose spiral ct detcts cancer and lowers all cause mortality. Best prevention is to never smoke, or stop if you do, at any age. ...Read more
Red hairline streaks in a cervical mucus that lasts for more than a week after period ends. Is this sign of cervical cancer or infection?
It can: This bacteria is not usually invasive for people that are not receiving immunosuppressive medications, are not pregnant or elderly or have poorly controlled diabetes. It colonizes the gut and the perineal area. With reduced immunity it can invade the blood stream and caused serious infection. The good news is that it is still very sensitive to plain penicillin. ...Read more
No: The IUD should not be placed if you have an active infection or are at high risk of developing an infection (ie, multiple sexual partners, no condom use), but the device itself does not cause infection. In addition, it does not cause cancer and may actually be used to treat endometrial hyperplasia (increased thickness of the uterine lining that may be a pre-cancerous condition). ...Read more
Yes it is infection:
The cause of cervix cancer is now confirmed to be a virus called Human Papilloma virus (HPV).
There is now an effective vaccine which is recommended for all children between 11 to 13 years of age. The vaccine is highly effective in preventing this cancer and related other cancers. So all parents must know about this development which is now about 10 years old! Spread the word among your friends! ...Read more
I would not try: If you feel pain or a mass in your testicle, you should see your family doc or better yet an urologist. Please do not self diagnose. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the type of cancer, how widely spread, and how it has been treated (and responded). In general, if you have an intact immune system you should recover well from this with "supportive' treatment only (water, electrolytes, and food). If your immune system is suppressed or absent, there is some risk of prolonged illness and/or severe illness and should be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more
Not an issue in US: You are not likely to get leishmania infection in the us, with the remote possibility of getting chaga's disease through blood transfusion. ...Read more
Risk is reduced: Cancer is a complex disease and is rarely caused by a single agent. H pylori infection sometimes can be associated with a form of gastric lymphoma but it is not the sole cause of lymphoma or any other form of stomach cancer. However, by treating such infection, you have one risk factor less to worry about ...Read more
I have had a high white bloodcell count for several months. Any ideas? They have checked for infections and cancer what else could this be.
High white cell count can be from following causes
reaction to certain drugs
diseases of bone marrow
an immune system problem that increses white blood count
i f your doctor says that all other tests came back normal, you just monitor your count and follow your doctors advice. ...Read more
Diarrhoea for 3 months, can this be an infection/ cancer? Suspected with cancer but not confirmed.
Husband had bad pneuominia. First they wre worried it was cancer now leaning more towards. Infection. Is this possible?
Yes: Sometimes an infection can be mistaken for a malignancy and vice versa. However, if a malignancy was considered, close follow up is warranted. If an area does not resolve, then a biopsy may be needed. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more