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Can cold ice, cause cancer?

Can cold ice, cause cancer?

Not really...: ..But, if one were to have an area of chronic skin irritation secondary to extreme cold, then, as in all areas of chronic irritation, cancer could develop. ...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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In the future, will cancer just be another common cold after we find the cure?

In the future, will cancer just be another common cold after we find the cure?

Not any time soon: Cancer destabilizes the genome of a group of cells. Once the disease has spread beyond what's curable by surgery, most cancers evolve resistance to any therapy we can provide. We may think of cancer as the price that unlucky individuals pay for the ability of the genome to mutate which makes possible the development and adaptability of life. It's inevitably entwined with basic biology. Sorry. ...Read more

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Do enlarged collarbone node (right one) always/mostly means serious health problem (cancer)? Soft and movable. I got cold last time, no other issues.

Do enlarged collarbone node (right one) always/mostly means serious health problem (cancer)? Soft and movable. I got cold last time, no other issues.

Need more assessment: From your GI history, inflammatory or infectious conditions could explain rt supraclav lymph node (ln). If your procedure history did in fact include transplant, you definitely are having close hematology/onc assessment. Without clear reasons, excisional removal of ln rather than needle sampling should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Could you have cold sweats after having snyope experiences with injuries? And could any type cancer cause these?

Could you have cold sweats after having snyope experiences with injuries? And could any type cancer cause these?

Syncope vs. Cancer: If you sustained an injury and ended up passing out (syncope) from it, you may expect having cold sweats from the syncope. I am not sure what cancer has to do with the injury, though, unless you may have cancer that caused you to pass out and sustain the injury in question, but the cold sweats are still related to the syncope and not to the cancer. ...Read more

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Can HPV go away on its own like a cold & then its out/over? And how likely are you to get cancers or bad complications from HPV if you contract it?

Can HPV go away on its own like a cold & then its out/over? And how likely are you to get cancers or bad complications from HPV if you contract it?

Sort of: Your immune system should have the ability to fight off hpv and even reverse some of the cellular changes that can occur from hpv. However, hpv has a way of inserting its dna into your cells so that it's not recognizable to your immune system, so it can lie dormant forever there. Also, some individuals do not fight it off as well, for unknown reasons, and they go on to get complications. ...Read more

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Scared I've got cancer, cough and cold and occ wen I cough these been a streak of blood it's happened 4 times but only in the morning?

Scared I've got cancer, cough and cold and occ wen I cough these been a streak of blood it's happened 4 times but only in the morning?

Relax: A mild, hanging-on winter chest cold can do this. If it persists for two weeks, get seen by your physician. If it began at the time of chest-cold symptoms it is very unlikely to be cancer. ...Read more

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Mom died of colin cancer I'm 48 do I have to get tested I've list 65 lbs in 2 yr w out trying but I never get sick not even a cold in 28 yr?

Get a physical exam: It is strange to be losing that much weight in such a short time without trying. It's not likely colon cancer, but you have a higher risk of developing this type of cancer than someone who has no family history. Regardless, you need to get your first colonoscopy at 50...Two more years. If your parent had colon cancer before 50, you might be due for one now. ...Read more

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Scared I've got cancer cough and cold for about 4 weeks and wen I've coughed there's been a tiny bit of blood in it, happened 4 times now please help?

Scared I've got cancer cough and cold for about 4 weeks and wen I've coughed there's been a tiny bit of blood in it, happened 4 times now please help?

Its possible: That there is cancer- one cannot rule this out but it would not be on top of my list. Infection such as bronchitis can cause this as well and chronic lung conditions such as bronchiectasis. Get evaluated - early treatment is key for best outcomes. You need testing ...Read more

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Can a person get really sick because they have only been sleeping about 4 hours for 9 weeks. I know I could get more colds, but any long term consequences? Damage to organs, cancer, etc

Can a person get really sick because they have only been sleeping about 4 hours for 9 weeks. I know I could get more colds, but any long term consequences? Damage to organs, cancer, etc

See below: Chronic sleep deprivation is not healthy. It affects your cognition and ability to stay awake while engaging in driving and other dangerous activities. While the need for sleep varies among individuals, 4 hours is insufficient for most people. Please consult this site for more information on this topic: http://www. Webmd. Com/sleep-disorders/features/important-sleep-habits
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How risky is it for someone with thyroid cancer to get sick with a cold?

How risky is it for someone with thyroid cancer to get sick with a cold?

It's not: Now, if a patient had the horrible anaplastic thyroid cancer, and was undergoing some active treatment, then, of course, any illness would be a detriment. Papillary or follicular thyroid cancers are well managed in most patients, and the common cold would not particularly affect the patient, any more than the general population. Good luck. ...Read more

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I understand cancer affects the immune system and stuff, so if I got something like a head cold, how dangerous would it be for me?

I understand cancer affects the immune system and stuff, so if I got something like a head cold, how dangerous would it be for me?

Depends: If you have cancer and your immunity was depressed sometimes a viral infection can become serious, so you should consult your oncologist if you have new symptoms. If you do not have cancer you do not have to worry about a head cold. ...Read more

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I wonder if enlarged lymphnodes that's not sore have to be cancerous? Mine came after a cold but r not sore so does it have to be cancer?

I wonder if enlarged lymphnodes that's not sore have to be cancerous? Mine came after a cold but r not sore so does it have to be cancer?

Not at all: Almost everybody has one or more palpable lymph nodes in the neck, and most are not tender / sore. It's not worth worrying about them unless they are clearly abnormal, feel rock-hard, or are very big or very fixed to surrounding tissues. ...Read more

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16 y/o. 2 Small lump inside tongue. No pain. Had 1 for years but a second has now appeared. Don't smoke. Very scared its cancer. What else cold it be?

16 y/o. 2 Small lump inside tongue. No pain. Had 1 for years but a second has now appeared. Don't smoke. Very scared its cancer. What else cold it be?

Few things: There are several benign lesions that can occur with the tongue. There are benign muscle tumors called Rhabdomyomas as one possibility. I do recommend you see your primary care provider, and possibly an ENT surgeon to discuss possibilities once they make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can cold/ice water really cause heart attacks and cancer?

Heart attacks: Where did you hear that? Do think the eskimos would stay up north if that were true? ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for someone with thyroid cancer to get sick with a cold?

Is it dangerous for someone with thyroid cancer to get sick with a cold?

No: Thyroid cancer generally does not affect immune system but if you are on certain medications such as immunosuppressants, then it's best that you check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I think I have a weak immune system because I catch colds easily. Do I have a higher risk for cancer?

I think I have a weak immune system because I catch colds easily. Do I have a higher risk for cancer?

No: Unless you really have an impaired immune system such as hiv, cvid, hypogamaglobulinemia, catching colds dose not translate to an increased risk of cancer. ...Read more

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She is getting really sick from minor colds. What home remedies can help boost her weakened immune system and cancer treatments?

She is getting really sick from minor colds. What home remedies can help boost her weakened immune system and cancer treatments?

Diet and rest: A varied and balanced and diet are key to boosting a patients immune system. Make sure she gets plenty of rest. If vitamins are taken, make sure they are as inexpensive as can be found. Keep sick people away from the patient, but make sure she gets out of the house, at least for a while, each day, weather permitting. And, a positive environment will also help. Good luck. ...Read more

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My baby béen having a cold off and on for 3 months tried diff meds it's like cold trapped in her chest is that signs of cancer seen doc 2 times?

My baby béen having a cold off and on for 3 months tried diff meds it's like cold trapped in her chest is that signs of cancer seen doc 2 times?

Not cancer: An infant will often get a viral bronchiolitis that will give persisting cough and tend to recur over several months in their first year. They then get 5-7 respiratory illnesses/yr to age 5 when it lessens. They are also sensitive to household irritants, fumes, dust, etc. In 4 decades of practice I have never seen, heard or read of any such case be cancer. ...Read more

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I have had a cold and I coughed up thick phlegm that had a small dot of blood in it. There is a history of cancer in the family. Should I be worried?

I have had a cold and I coughed up thick phlegm that had a small dot of blood in it. There is a history of cancer in the family. Should I be worried?

Depend: In general, blood tinged phlegm is consistent with bronchitis and should clear up after antibiotic treatment. However you need to complete a cxr to rule out any other causes. If persistent blood in phlegm you might warrant a CT Chest. ...Read more

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What are the chances of "cold" solid nodule being thyroid cancer?

What are the chances of "cold" solid nodule being thyroid cancer?

Thyroid nodule: Presumably "cold" means it did not take up radioiodine. Together, the chances of this being a cancer are quite low. There are many reasons for low uptake. Hashimotos can look like this. A multinodular goiter can have many hot/warm/cold areas. A cyst. How big is it? Small nodules (. ...Read more

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Have I got tonsil cancer? I have a swollen left tonsil and I'm scared I had a cold /viral for almost 2 weeks and I'm a nurse myself

Very unlikely: Throat or tonsilar cancer is very rare at your age (27). It also is not usually painful, doesn't cause cold symptoms. And such cancers don't usually first show up as tonsilar enlargement. But discuss with your doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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Mom has persistent mild dry cough mostly at home. Coughs up to 5-8 times a day. 46 yr, non smoker. Works in cold warehouse. Very worried about cancer?

Mom has persistent mild dry cough mostly at home. Coughs up to 5-8 times a day. 46 yr, non smoker. Works in cold warehouse. Very worried about cancer?

Cough: Cold air is drying to airway. Need to drinks at least 2 quarts of clear fluids per day, wear scarf to keep neck warm. If non-smoker and exposed to carcinogens, cancer unlikely. Get chest x-ray if symptoms persist. If any wheezing, should see her PCP. ...Read more

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How do I know if it is skin cancer or a cold sore?

How do I know if it is skin cancer or a cold sore?

Well, a cold sore: Usually resolves within around 7 to 14 days, but a cancerous lesion will not likely come and go. See your dermatologist for any questionable lesion. Take care. ...Read more

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Male 21. Non smoker active lifestyle. I seem to be getting frequent colds with little cough about every other month. How likely is lung cancer?

Male 21. Non smoker active lifestyle. I seem to be getting frequent colds with little cough about every other month. How likely is lung cancer?

Essentially zero: Although there is some data suggesting that lung cancer occurs at a bit younger age in never-smokers compared with smokers, in the absence of (for instance) immune system deficiency or underlying lung disease or the presence of cancer elsewhere in the body which could spread to the lungs, the likelihood of lung cancer at age 21 in an otherwise healthy non-smoker is virtually zero. ...Read more

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Husband gets freq colds [7-10 times in past 3 mo]. Has chronic sinusitis, live in CA, have a preschooler, CBC normal. ESR:39. Shd we worry abt cancer?

Husband gets freq colds [7-10 times in past 3 mo]. Has chronic sinusitis, live in CA, have a preschooler, CBC normal. ESR:39. Shd we worry abt cancer?

Doubt cancer, but...: With such frequent recurrent symptoms, I would be more suspicious of an allergy problem rather than repeated infections; or waxing and waning of his sinusitis. Cancer is not a likely explanation for any of this. Howver, an ESR of 39 definitely needs evaluation for an underlying health problem. Maybe it's just persisting sinusitis, but better safe than sorry. ...Read more