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Doctor insights on: Light Smokers Cancer Risk

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If 16 years old smoke 8 month electronic cigarets (very small amounts per day) and then quit. do he have higher lung cancer risk than no smoker?

If 16 years old smoke 8 month electronic cigarets (very small amounts per day) and then quit. do he have higher lung cancer risk than no smoker?

No data available: These products have not been available long enough,or studied well enough to answer this question.This product does not contain some of the dozens of toxic materials in inhaled spoke from regular cigarettes.However, the use of the lungs as an entry point for this or any drug exposes the lung tissue to damage, if that substance can do so on a cellular level. ...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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Can beets decrease cancer risk?

Can beets decrease  cancer risk?

Yes: If substituted for known unhealthy foods such as simple sugars (candy, ice cream) or be a way to displace high calorie foods to help you lose weight, then yes, beets can be part of a healthy, well balanced diet that may decrease your risk of cancer. See: http://goo.Gl/onioz. ...Read more

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Best ways to reduce overall cancer risk?

Best ways to reduce overall cancer risk?

Healthy Lifestyle: Cancer can be prevented if you live healthy by maintaining a healthy weight(Overweight has to be controlled), Eat healthy by consuming plant based foods(avoid red meat and animal fats(dairy products like milk and ice cream are rich foods cause weight gain). Avoid smoking and alcohol use. Exercise daily for 30-45 minutes. Annual health check and Cancer screening tests are advised. ...Read more

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Is there any cancer risk if we take diet cokeor something similar?

Is there any cancer risk if we take diet cokeor something similar?

No: Water from the tap is cheaper & quenches thirst as well. But i've followed these claims for 20 years & they show basic ignorance of bioscience -- ask a junior-college chem prof. If the artificial sweeteners actually caused cancer, one of the research piranhas at the nih would have proved it. Science is driven by vanity & jealousy & a provable claim cannot be suppressed. Enjoy without cancer fear. ...Read more

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Do you currently have cancer risk if you no longer smoke cigarettes?

Do you currently have cancer risk if you no longer smoke cigarettes?

Yes: The risk decreases on quitting smoking, but it is still higher than for some one who never smoked. ...Read more

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I've heard there is a link between kids who are very tall/fast-growing for their age and increased cancer risk. Is this true?

I've heard there is a link between kids who are very tall/fast-growing for their age and increased cancer risk. Is this true?

Unclear. : There are a many studies that have attempted to link height in childhood and the risk of adult cancer. A few have shown a link, particularly in breast & prostate cancer, though other studies have not. These studies have methodologic problems: usually case-control studies based on surveys & self-reported data. I would not worry about height, but following a balanced, nutritious diet with exercise. ...Read more

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My last upper scope, showed mild chronic inactive gastritis. Is there a way to resolve this so it isn't a chronic condition? If it is inactive is it still damaging? Is there a cancer risk?

My last upper scope, showed mild chronic inactive gastritis. Is there a way to resolve this so it isn't a chronic condition? If it is inactive is it still damaging? Is there a cancer risk?

Gastritis: Unfortunately, this is a fairly ambiguous result ... However, it is normally seen in patients who have a bacterial infection called Helicobacter Pylori. You might want to follow up with your GI doctor to see if a simple breath test might be appropriate to test for this infection. If so, treatment is usually a simple cocktail of antibiotics and acid suppression. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Does obesity increase cancer risk?

Yes: The national cancer institute, on its website, lists several cancers whose risks are increased in an obese person. The cancers are: breast cancer in post-menopausal women (women after menopause), endometrial cancer (cancer of the uterus' lining), colon cancer, kidney cancer, and esophagus cancer (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). ...Read more

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How much cancer risk is there taking a telomerase activator?

Likely good sized.: This helps to immortalize cell lines, and telomerase activity has been observed in roughly 90% of tumors, so it is likely to increase the risk of cancer considerably, also since this makes mutation of chromosomes much more possible. This also upregulates the role of 70 genes responsible for tumor growth and spread throughout the body, and the activation of glycolysis, so the cells can use sugar. ...Read more

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What is the cancer risk in ibd patients?

What is the cancer risk in ibd patients?

Increased with time: Colon ca risk is increased in ulc colitis (uc) and crohn's colitis (cd). Risk increases by .5-1%/yr above general public, after 8-10 years after diagnosis. Small bowel cd has increased risk of small bowel ca; cd has increased risk lymphatic ca (lymphoma). Generally recommend annual colonoscopy/biopsy after 8-10 years of disease. Risk ca increased more in diffuse uc vs. Left sided disease. ...Read more

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Is it true that irregular shaped moles are a cancer risk?

Is it true that irregular shaped moles are a cancer risk?

They can be: An irregular mole which is changing in size shape or color can be a melanoma. That is why the acronym, abcd was designed to remind us that an asymmetric, border irregular, color- mixtures lesion with a diameter of more than 5mm should make us/you suspect that the mole may indeed be a melanoma, so a biopsy is often recommended.In such situations. ...Read more