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Is there a link between pernicious anemia and cancer?

Is there a link between pernicious anemia and cancer?

Possibly.: There appears to be some association between pernicious anemia and the risk of developing gastric cancer, but this is controversial. Pernicious anemia frequently develops with an autoimmune attack on certain gastric cells, which leads to vitamin B12 deficiency and later anemia. This autoimmune attack also leads to chronic gastritis, which can then progress to cancer. ...Read more

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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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Hi I have vitamin B12 Deficiency. Doc didn't say pernicious anemia. Everyone said I'm going to get cancers.god im so scared. I've started injections?

B12 def: Are you vegetarian or vegan, they have B12 issues at times because B12 sources are animal. May also be ileitis or intestinal issues where B12 is absorbed ( if not pernicious anemia) or dietary/ age. If you are on injections and you level are adequate ( I like above 400) I would not be concerned ,don't worry ...Read more

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I have pernicious anemia and take b-12 shots. I also have had full hysterectomy. I take hormones, pill form. Do i need the hormone in shot form?

I have pernicious anemia and take b-12 shots. I also have had full hysterectomy. I take hormones, pill form. Do i need the hormone in shot form?

No , no need to: No i don't thing so. But you should d/w your gp or gyne. Make sure you understand there is a little increase risk for breast cancer that was related to hormonal replacement- especially with the use of progesterone. Age appropriate cancer screening is recommended. ...Read more

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What symptoms of pernicious anemia are the most common?

What symptoms of pernicious anemia are the most common?

Fatigue: In pernicious anemia, there is no vitamin B12 absorption which causes low red blood cell production and leads to severe anemia. This causes fatigue most comonly. ...Read more

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Does methadone cause pernicious anemia?

Does methadone cause pernicious anemia?

Not likely: Methadone is a very strong opioid medication, with a long list of serious side effects. But pernicious anemia is NOT one of them. Contact your doctor for specific information about your case, re your anemia and specific doses of methadone you are taking. Anemia may be related to other meds you are taking, or an underlying illness. Check with your MD. ...Read more

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Is it true that leukemia and pernicious anemia the same thing?

Not at all: Pernicious anemia results from poor dietary uptake of vitamin b12, usually from a loss of certain cells in your stomach. These cells secrete intrinsic factor, necessary for absorption of vitamin b12. Treatment is B12 shots, potentially. Leukemia is cancer. Treatment is chemotherapy. ...Read more

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What's the difference between pernicious anemia and B12 anemia?

What's the difference between pernicious anemia and B12 anemia?

See below: B-12 anemia is a deficiency in vitamin b-12 (cobalamin). Pernicious anemia is a deficiency or lack in intrinsic factor (produced by cells in the stomach) which is a protein essential for absorption of vitamin B12 in the ileum (small intestine). Pernicious anemia requires replacement of intrinsic factor &/or b-12. B-12 anemia needs only b-12 supplementation. ...Read more

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What will happen to people who have pernicious anemia but are intolerant to b12?

What will happen to people who have pernicious anemia but are intolerant to b12?

Bad blood and nerves: B 12 is a vitamin that essential for life. B12 deficiency if goes untreated can lead to severe anemia and neuropathy, not to mention dementia. try another formulation of B12 ...Read more

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Please explain what happens to people who have pernicious anemia but are intolerant to b12?

Please explain what happens to people who have pernicious anemia but are intolerant to b12?

Can you clarify?: If you have pernicious anemia and aren't effectively treated, you will first lose your mind and then your life. If by "B12 intolerance" you simply mean you cannot absorb the vitamin orally, this is common and you'll need monthly injections. If you believe that the supplement makes you sick -- as it claimed on some "pop" websites -- I'm skeptical but you'll need to get specialist consultation. ...Read more

Pernicious Anemia (Definition)

It is a decline in the amount of red cells in the circulation as a result of impaired production in the bone marrow resulting from a lack of vitamin b12. This is most commonly as a consequence of impaired absorption due to an autoimmune condition affecting the stomach lining. If untreated, it may also lead to brain and spinal cord problems. It is easily ...Read more


Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more