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Is the blood marker lpa (lysophosphatidic acid) an effective screening tool for ovarian cancer?

Is the blood marker lpa (lysophosphatidic acid) an effective screening tool for ovarian cancer?

No: Unfortunately, there are no good "screening" tests for ovarian cancer. When an ovarian cyst or mass is present and appears suspicious, your doctor may draw a ca-125 or ova-1 test. These tests can help predict the likelihood that it may or may not be concerning for cancer. ...Read more

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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


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Best nci national cancer institute breast cancer risk assessment tool?

Best nci national cancer institute breast cancer risk assessment tool?

Gail Risk Assessment: Gail breast cancer risk assessment tool. See: http://www.Cancer.Gov/bcrisktool/. ...Read more

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Which colon cancer screening test is used?

Which colon cancer screening test is used?

Many options: The gold standard is colonoscopy, which is performed under sedation. Other alternatives include barium enema, ct colonography ("virtual colonoscopy"), flexible sigmoidoscopy, and/or checking for blood in bowel movements (hemoccult test). I recommend colonoscopy for all my patients at age 50 (or earlier, if they have a family history). ...Read more

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When is bone density screening necessary?

When is bone density screening necessary?

65 years aprox: Any woman c fam history and risk factors for osteoporosis below 65 y o all women above 65 yo and older postmenopausal women c hx of fractures women with med conditions associated c osteoporosis. ...Read more

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How reliable are the screening tests for prostate cancer? Does prostate cancer screening save lives?

How reliable are the screening tests for prostate cancer? Does prostate cancer screening save lives?

Doubtful: Psa screening of asymptomatic men has not been shown, conclusively, to reduce prostate cance mortality in the us population. ...Read more

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Mri & bone scan impression is suspecious metastatis, bmd show osteopenia spiral, m.Band negative, s.Cortisol 30 with dexona 1 mg, biopsy needed ?

Mri & bone scan impression is suspecious metastatis, bmd show osteopenia spiral, m.Band negative, s.Cortisol  30 with dexona 1 mg, biopsy needed  ?

Perhaps: Discuss your situation with your primary doctor or the one who ordered those tests. If you are feeling uncomfortable, it may be good to get a second opinion from an oncologist (a cancer specialist). Do not wait. Time can make a difference in how you do. ...Read more

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Can a bone profile detect cancer?

Can a bone profile detect cancer?

Not specifically: The bone profile test checks the blood for different indicators of bone metabolism. This measures the calcium, phosphate, albumin, alkaline phosphatase. If there are abnormalities that signal some problem with the bone metabolism-this could trigger additional tests for cancer of the bone-the best being radiographs. ...Read more

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How effective is a digital rectal exam for cancer screening?

How effective is a digital rectal exam for cancer screening?

Do the Math: The length of the colon and rectum is about 5 feet, so a digital exam, although important, will only find tumors within a few inches of the anus. Colonoscopy remains the "gold standard" for colorectal ca screening. ...Read more

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Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

The use of: mammography as a screening test has been validated by many years of outcomes data. Thermography, not so much. ...Read more

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Breast cancer diagnostic testing prices? How expensive is the diagnosis?

Breast cancer diagnostic testing prices? How expensive is the diagnosis?

Cheap compared to...: If the diagnosis is missed, the price is your life. Period. If you have a dominant mass in your breast, get seen. We're all trapped in the same dysfunctional health care system, but we're here for those who can pay, and those who cannot. ...Read more

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What health screening methods can reduce colorectal cancer?

What health screening methods can reduce colorectal cancer?

Polyp detection and: Removal. Almost all colon cancers arise in polyps and colonoscopy is the best method for detection of polyps as well as colon cancers. Other methods are testing for occult blood in stool, barium enema and 3d ct scans. ...Read more

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Are clinical breast exams effective screening tools in women under 40 with no first degree family history?

Are clinical breast exams effective screening tools in women under 40 with no first degree family history?

Not very good.: No, they aren't that good. Exams have a low pick up rate compared to radiological AND the clinical ones are generally done very infrequently AND the overall risk is so very low.... so.. 40-45, CBE has some advantages over radiological and the two together are best. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9709288 under 40... ONE or a FEW CBE to learn self-exam techniques, otherwise not so much ...Read more

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How accurate is CT with contrast for lung cancer detection?

How accurate is CT with contrast for lung cancer detection?

See answer: Pulmonary ct is extremely sensitive in identifying lung nodules. When found, these nodules then need to be appropriately evaluated either with followup lung ct, pet-ct, or direct tissue sampling. Your clinical dr. Can best advise you – or you can be seen at a dedicated lung nodule center. ...Read more

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Is an nmr lipid panel a valuable tool to better assess heart disease risk compared to a basic lipid panel?

Is an nmr lipid panel a valuable tool to better assess heart disease risk compared to a basic lipid panel?

Yes - Based on Data: LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) is the traditional measure of LDL quantity. NMR measures LDL particle number (LDL-P). When LDL-C and LDL-P differ CHD risk tracks with LDL-P not LDL-C. Expert groups advocate use of LDL-P to judge response to therapy and guide adjustment of therapy. New data shows adjusting therapy to achieve low LDL-P results in fewer CVD events versus statin treatment to low LDL-C levels. ...Read more

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How does a family history of colon cancer age for routine screening?

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How does a family history of colon cancer age for routine screening?

Important: Family history of cancer is very important information. If your family history of colon cancer is significant ( multiple family members with colon cancer especially at younger age) -then you would need to be screen for colon cancer- started approximately 10 years earlier than the age of the youngest person in the family got diagnosed with colon cancer.You also need to see a genetician if history +. ...Read more

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How is a screening for cervical cancer performed?

How is a screening for cervical cancer performed?

PAP smear: During a female pelvic exam the gynecologist will scrape the outside of the cervix and smear it on a microscope slide. The pathologist will look at this under a microscope and give a report. If its of concern then a sampling or biopsy if the cervix is taken to confirm or exclude a cancer. ...Read more

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Current recommendations for breast cancer screening?

Current recommendations for breast cancer screening?

Awareness: For you few years from now regular breast examination by the physician, monthly self examination, annual mammography , if needed sonography, some times mri, core needle biopsy of suspicious dencities. Genetic study ( braca i & ii ) if there is strong family history. ...Read more

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Osteoporosis (Definition)

A condition in which bones ...Read more