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Is Low Potassium A Sign Of Cancer
Nephrologist: Potassium balance is tightly regulated by the kidneys, so any potassium disorder implies some derangement in potassium intake or output. Low potassium could be due 1. To decreased intake, 2. Physiological shifts and 3. Increased loss in the stools or urine. It is best to consult nephrologist. ...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
Could be: It can be a sign of an endocrine disorder in which your signals to regulate sodium may be off. There are certain conditions, such as addison's disease, in which your body cannot regulate sodium. It can be due to medications as well. It also can be associated with cancer, usually lung cancer, but you may have other symptoms such as shortness of breath or weight loss. ...Read more
The last couple of months I discovered a black spot on the roof of my mouth. I don't smoke, pretty healthy (low vit. D).Sign of cancer? Melanoma?
Just curious. I know low grade temps can be a sign of cancer. My question is do they come and go or are they generally constant the same all day?
Possibly: While other diseases can cause low white blood cell counts, the possibility of cancer in the bone marrow is always raised when this is seen. Cancer cells can replace the normal cells of the bone marrow. The normal cells produce mature circulating blood cells (white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets). If they are compromised, so are their products. ...Read more
I've had a blood test at a&e due to a broken nose they said I have a low white blood count and my mate said it's a sign of cancer as I ain't been ill.
Not necessarily: This is just the size of the ovary and this is an estimate given the ultrasound just like people different sizes so our different organs I would worry too much about it would also look at shape and consistency and other features please consult with your doctor from more accurate description but it doesn't sound like anything wrong. ...Read more
Possible: To know that the tonsils are misshappen and ulcerated suggests that there were symptoms requiring evaluation. Misshapen and ulcerated suggests that there is a definined infection causing this problem or that a malignant process is taking place. Squamous cell carcinoma is not uncommon nor is lymphoma. Considering the possibility of tumor development, biopsy is a requirement. ...Read more
Possibly: Non-healing ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract can certainly be associated with cancer and should be followed closely. This mainly pertains to stomach ulcers but atypical intestinal ulcers have a potential for cancer as well. In general, most ulcers should heal within 8 week on proper therapy, in most people. There are, however, always exceptions and close follow up is recommended. ...Read more
It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
It can be.: Most people who I see in my practice for evaluation of breast pain do not have cancer. Nevertheless, breast cancer can cause pain, and any new symptom that persists warrants clinical evaluation. I recommend that you schedule an office visit with your primary care physician or gynecologist. ...Read more
It can be: Signs of throat cancer include: hoarseness, pain with swallowing, ear pain, or lymph nodes in the neck that are swollen and painless. If you have persistent burning, you should see your primary doctor and be referred to an ear, nose, and throat doctor. ...Read more
Typically not: Pimples are usually not a sign. Most cancers are either detected during self breast exams as a "lump", or on mammogram when they are too small to feel. One type of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer, CAN present with skin changes called Peau d'orange (dimpling of the skin that looks like an orange peel) It can also cause nipple retraction. If you have these symptoms see your doctor ASAP. ...Read more
I've lost 32 lbs over last 6 mos, w/out trying. I've been having upset stomach and now thin and/or liquid stools & skin rash. Is this sign of cancer?
Sign of cancer or std? Sudden appearance of a bald spot. Suddenly I have bald spot on the side of my head. It's about the size of a dollar coin. I'm a 24 year old girl with a lot of hair and this was just noticed.
Not necessarily: We know most often we can identify a significant medical treatment, illness or psychosocial stressor as a trigger. Cancer is known to be a trigger but though we all have seen patients who had shingles and then soon after were diagnosed with cancer, most with shingles don't get a cancer diagnosis in the following months. ...Read more
Unusual: There usually are not true polyps in the lung but rather nodules which are round soft tissue masses that can be both benign and malignant. The size, character, and growth of nodules help doctors determine which ones need to be biopsies or removed. ...Read more
Probably not: It's probably just what you described... A boil. If it is a boil, it should resolve on its own with some warm compresses. If it doesn't get better in a week, it's time to have a health provider take a look. A boil should be on your skin on the fleshy part of your rump, not right on the opening of your anus. If it is on the opening of your anus, it might be a hemorrhoid. Don't be shy! ...Read more