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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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Have severe stomach/gut pain at night. Started losartan potassium tab 25 mg 1x daily since 4/21. Blood prehad prostate cancer surgery &radiation 3 yrs?

Have severe stomach/gut pain at night. Started losartan potassium tab 25 mg 1x daily since 4/21. Blood prehad prostate cancer surgery &radiation 3 yrs?

Losartan and pain: The chances of your gut pain being due to your low dose of losartan (l) are pretty small. L is a drug of the angiotensin receptor blocker class (arb). Arbs are known to have very few adverse effects and abdominal pain is not one of them. See a physician for the cause of your pain. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does obesity increase cancer risk?

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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Do alcohol and tobacco increase cancer risk?

Do alcohol and tobacco increase cancer risk?

Absolutely: Both are well-established risk factors for many types of cancers. ...Read more

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Does copaxone (glatiramer) increase cancer risk?

Does copaxone (glatiramer) increase cancer risk?

NO !: To my knowledge glatimair acetate (cop axone) has not been found to be carcinogenic. ...Read more

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How much cancer risk is there taking a telomerase activator?

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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Could the exposure that xray techs receive give them a higher cancer risk?

Could the exposure that xray techs receive give them a higher cancer risk?

Not really: Technologists and physicians utilizing radiation are monitored monthly for radiation exposure. If overexposed they are cautioned and spend less time being exposed. They are usually protected by wearing lead aprons when doing fluoroscopy and spend as little amount of time as possible in the radiation field. With advent of digital imaging, the radiation exposure has been tremendously reduced. ...Read more

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Heard 60 minutes. So will my cancer risk reduce if I avoid refined sugar & sweets?

Heard 60 minutes. So will my cancer risk reduce if I avoid refined sugar & sweets?

No: Tv's intended to amuse and sell stuff, not inform. Epidemiologic data generates huge numbers of correlations that have nothing to do with causality. Cancer develops because genes mutate and cells bearing these genes are encouraged to grow; candy does neither, but the public wants to hear that things that are enjoyable are bad for them. Candy-chompers may have other bad habits like smoking. ...Read more

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Does cancer risk from cellphone use still hold true if you use a bluetooth headset?

Does cancer risk from cellphone use still hold true if you use a bluetooth headset?

Unknown: The risk of cancer from cellphone use is not clear or settled... Using a headset would theoretically reduce the risk of harmful radiation and thus reduce the chances of developing cancer... No proof that this is the case though. ...Read more

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Wondering if my use of dry shampoo a couple times a week is increasing my cancer risk?

Wondering if my use of dry shampoo a couple times a week is increasing my cancer risk?

Not to worry: Dry shampoo seems pretty innocuous, see: https://www.wired.com/2015/05/whats-inside-dry-shampoo/
Try not to inhale the actual spray too much; use in a ventilated space, such as with the bathroom fan on or near a window.
Most carcinogens which may be in over the counter preparations are picked up and banned by the FDA, unless in the future the FDA gets gutted due to politics. ...Read more

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For about 8 years I would chew a lot of sugarfree gum, like 1-3 packs per day. I've since stopped, but did I increase my cancer risk with this?

For about 8 years I would chew a lot of sugarfree gum, like 1-3 packs per day. I've since stopped, but did I increase my cancer risk with this?

Probably not: Artificial sweeteners have been linked to cancers in animal studies, however the exposure you describe does not seem to be on an equivalent "dose". Smoking cigarettes is far more dangerous to your health and is the number one environmental cause of cancer. ...Read more

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I've heard there is an increased cancer rate among people who have urinary catheters and bags. I self-cath 5 or 6 times daily. Also, cancer risk?

I've heard there is an increased cancer rate among people who have urinary catheters and bags. I self-cath 5 or 6 times daily. Also, cancer risk?

Possible: Urinary catheters may cause irritation of the bladder or repeat infections. Both these may lead to mucosa changing from bladder type to squamous (skin) type, which can then become cancerous in some people. Without a catheter being in place in time this would be less likely. Other factors such as smoking, exposure to some chemicals, white race and older age may alter your risk. ...Read more

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I have oral lichen planus. I read a lot about the cancer risk of that. Rote, overall 1-2% and sometimes 0.2% for year. What is the real lifetime risk?

I have oral lichen planus. I read a lot about the cancer risk of that. Rote, overall 1-2% and sometimes 0.2% for year. What is the real lifetime risk?

Numbers!: Numbers are numbers, so one has to talk with his primary care doctor or specialist to see what the numbers really mean. A 1-2% risk means... Well, it means 1-2% of the people will get it (one can think of that as a lifetime risk). That means if a person is one of the lucky 98%, he has nothing to worry about (but of course, one can't know for sure that he will be lucky). ...Read more

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Have read even a few drinks/week ups women's cancer risk. Other repts say wine in small amts has many benefits. How do I decide if it is safe for me?

Have read even a few drinks/week ups women's cancer risk. Other repts say wine in small amts has many benefits. How do I decide if it is safe for me?

See answer: Even small amounts of alcohol raise the risk of breast cancer. However, small amounts of alcohol reduces the risk of heart attack which kills many more women than breast cancer. A reasonable compromise: Light consumption of red wine. There is evidence that red wine is less likely to cause breast cancer than white wine. It appears to be a natural aromatase inhibitor. ...Read more

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I had non pylori gastritis four years ago. My last scope showed mild chronic inactive gastritis. Does this increase cancer risk. Do I still have gastritis?

I had non pylori gastritis four years ago. My last scope showed mild chronic inactive gastritis. Does this increase cancer risk. Do I still have gastritis?

Define gastritis: Gastritis is an inflammation of the mucosa of the stomach, of which there are MANY causes (please refer to prior HealthTap answers on the subject). The timing & duration of the condition may differentiate between acute gastritis & chronic gastritis. What you are describing is a histologic term based on the microscopic appearance of your biopsy taken from the stomach lining. No dysplasia seen? ...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 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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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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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 someone 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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Can prostate massage reduce prostate cancer risk?

Can prostate massage reduce prostate cancer risk?

No: Prostate massage does not reduce prostate cancer risk. The 2 biggest risk factors for prostate cancer are male gender and age. You cannot change those easily! ...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

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I always tend to smoke when I get drunk. Is my cancer risk high?

Sorry, just not: Enough info to give you a good response. Would think of it like this — use of tobacco increases risk for cancer (maybe by a tiny amount and maybe by a big amount). It really depends on a number of factors. ...Read more

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What is recurrent colon cancer risk if inadequate margins were taken?

What is recurrent colon cancer risk if inadequate margins were taken?

High: Recurrence risk is based on multiple pathological factors. Inadequate surgery is a significant predictor for recurrence and the patient should be reevaluated soon. Pathologic review and further surgery should be considered. ...Read more

Losartan (Definition)

A blood pressure reducing medicine from the class of drugs called arbs. Acts on an enzyme in the kidney and lung to reduce the blood pressure. Can have some protective effects on the kidneys in high blood pressure and diabetes. Not recommended for patients ...Read more


Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Cozaar (Definition)

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