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Is blood coming from the penis a sign of cancer?

Is blood coming from the penis a sign of cancer?

See a doctor: Blood in the urine can be from tumors in the urinary tract (bladder, kidneys, urethra), from urinary tract stones, infection, or trauma. You need to see a doctor whenever you see blood coming out of the penis, or any other body orifice for that matter.

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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 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.

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Could bright red blood in stool be sign of cancer? I do have history of hemmroids

Could bright red blood in stool be sign of cancer? I do have history of hemmroids

Could be.: But not likely at your age unless you have first degree relatives with colon cancer. If the blood is bright red and at the end of the stool or only coating the stool (vice incorporated into the stool) this is likely due to hemorrhoid. Dark red blood, sticky blood or blood in the stool are some reasons to have further evaluation.

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Burning pain when defecating, feels more intense after BM with occasional blood after hard stool. Is this a sign of cancer?

Burning pain when defecating, feels more intense after BM with occasional blood after hard stool. Is this a sign of cancer?

Lower GI endoscopy: The symptoms may occur with hemorrhoids, anal fissure and anal cancer (or lower GI cancer). It is suggested that he see a gastroenterologist and have a lower GI endoscopy performed.

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Having irregular periods. Bleeding time to time for two weeks but not fully and colour of blood is different. Is that sign of cancer?

Having irregular periods. Bleeding time to time for two weeks but not fully and colour of blood is different. Is that sign of cancer?

Not necessarily: Not necessarily a sign of cancer, especially at your age. You need to be evaluated by a GYN. At your age, it's usually just a hormone imbalance.

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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.

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22 year old. Red blood in bowel movements. Is this a sign of cancer?

22 year old. Red blood in bowel movements. Is this a sign of cancer?

Low likelihood, but: Go to a health provider to figure this out. Colon cancer is very, very rare in someone <30 years old. There are many other causes of red blood in stool; that being said, this is something that should be taken care of sooner than later.

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Is pain a sign of cancer?

Yes/No: Some cancers present with pain depending on the organ/ location, and if there is any involvement of nerve roots or nerve plexus. On the other hand, many tumors do not presents with pain.

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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.

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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.

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Is losing about 17 pounds in 7-9 months without a lot of exersize a sign of cancer?

Is losing about 17 pounds in 7-9 months without a lot of exersize a sign of cancer?

Maybe: Weight loss without dieting or exercise can have several causes, but one of them is certainly cancer. You should see your doctor for a thorough workup to see why you are losing weight without trying to.

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

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.

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I have lost 20 pounds in the past year without trying. Could this be a sign of cancer? I am 26.

I have lost 20 pounds in the past year without trying. Could this be a sign of cancer? I am 26.

Unlikely!: What is your appetite? Have a check up especially for thyroid disease and GI issues (parasitic infestations?)

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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Are polyps in lungs a sign of cancer?

Are polyps in lungs a sign of cancer?

High potential: They are in bronchial divisions, premalignent need trasbronchial biopsy, possible removal, some times need segmental resection of lung.

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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!