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Hoping you can tell me, is constant low potassium level a sign of cancer?

Hoping you can tell me, is constant low potassium level 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

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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Is low sodium a sign of cancer?

Is low sodium a sign of cancer?

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

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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?

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?

Depends: All black spots are not cancers or melanoma, but it they change in shape, size or color, they need to be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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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?

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?

FUO: One of the causes of fever of unknown origin can be malignancy (especially lymphoma). Infections and connective tissue diseases are more common causes of fuo. The fever could fluctuate or be constant in malignancy. ...Read more

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Is it true that a low white blood cell count be a sign of cancer?

Is it true that a low white blood cell count be a sign of cancer?

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

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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.

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 true: A low blood count by itself is not indicative of cancer. See your family doctor to discuss the findings. Without knowing all the details I am unable to provide a more detailed answer. ...Read more

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I don't have a good appetite, could it be a sign of cancer?

I don't have a good appetite, could it be a sign of cancer?

Yes.: Yes. It can also be a sign of depression, anxiety, and a host of chronic illnesses. It can also be seen in people who are healthy but just don't get hungry.

The poor appetite of cancer is usually associated with unintentional weight loss. ...Read more

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If someone keeps getting thinner & thinner day by day, could that be a sign of cancer?

Perhaps: There are many possible causes of weight loss. Cancer is one. A health check up is needed immediately. ...Read more

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What is 49cc ovarian volume? Is this a sign of cancer

What is 49cc ovarian volume? Is this a sign of cancer

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

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Are white steaks in feces a sign of cancer?

Are white steaks in feces a sign of cancer?

Unlikely: Any persistent change in your bowel movements should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can depression be a sign of cancer?

Can depression be a sign of cancer?

Dep./CA: No cause & effect, but if you develop depression after you are told you have cancer, or were depressed before you were diagnosed with cancer, the depression can affect the course of cancer & your ability to take part in treatment of the cancer. ...Read more

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If I have uneven, misshappen ulcerated tonsils, is this a sign of cancer?

If I have uneven, misshappen ulcerated tonsils, is this a sign of cancer?

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

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Is water on the knee a sign of cancer?

Is water on the knee a sign of cancer?

Water on the knee: Not likely from cancer. A joint effusion generally comes from injury, synovitis, arthritis, meniscal or ligament tear. ...Read more

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Are non-healing ulcers a sign of cancer?

Are non-healing ulcers a sign of cancer?

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

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I have a lump in my neck. Could this be a sign of cancer?

Depends: 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.
Wish you good health!
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Is stinging and pain in your breast a sign of cancer.?

Is stinging and pain in your breast a sign of cancer.?

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

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Burning in throat a sign of cancer?

Burning in throat a sign of cancer?

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

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Are pimples on your breast a sign of cancer?

Are pimples on your breast a sign of cancer?

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

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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?

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?

See your doctor ASAP: From the symptoms that you describe here, it is impossible to judge whether these are signs of cancer or not. However, 32 pounds of unexpected weight loss is clearly abnormal and needs to be evaluated promptly. I would see your doctor immediately. Good luck. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Hello.: Hello. This may be alopecia areata. It is a spot where hair is lost. If that is the cause, it isn't due to cancer or a sexually transmitted disease. It usually resolves on it's own. If you are worried you could always see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Are new freckles a sign of cancer?

Are new freckles a sign of cancer?

No: Freckles are freckles and are benign, early skin cancer may appear to be a frickle to an untrained eye, . And a compelling reason to see your doctor for professional opinion. ...Read more

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Are shingles a sign of cancer?

Are shingles a sign of cancer?

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

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Discoid atelectasis sign of cancer?

NO: Many non cancerous conditions will cause discoid altelectasis of lung ...Read more

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Can extreme dizziness be a sign of cancer?

Can extreme dizziness be a sign of cancer?

Possible: Many people have extreme dizziness and vertigo and cancer is not frequently the underlying reason however, any neurologic problem should be fully evaluated by a neurologist and typically MRI imaing of the brain and IACs are acquired. ...Read more

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My CRP levels are mildly elevated. Is that a sign of cancer?

Mostly likely not: A CRP can be a marker for inflammation. Although a CRP can be elevated with cancer, a CRP is very very non-specific. So it would be premature to jump to the conclusion that you have cancer. ...Read more

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Are hemorrhoids a sign of cancer?

Are hemorrhoids a sign of cancer?

No, but...: ...It is often difficult to distinguish bleeding from hemorrhoids versus bleeding from a colon/rectal cancer. When in doubt, I advise a colonoscopy to determine the source of bleeding. ...Read more

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Our sensitive nipples a sign of cancer?

Our sensitive nipples a sign of cancer?

Usually not: But there are exceptions. But any change that you notice in your breasts, your nipples or your skin should be checked by a knowledgeable doctor and a good physical exam. ...Read more

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Are polyps in lungs a sign of cancer?

Are polyps in lungs a sign of cancer?

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

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Boil inbetween my bum cheeks. Is this a sign of cancer?

Boil inbetween my bum cheeks. Is this a sign of cancer?

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

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


Dr. Clarence Grim
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Hypokalemia (Definition)

Most labs will define normal as 3.5 to 5. Some may increase the upper limits to 5.2 but anything above 5.5 is clearly abnormal. Level below ...Read more