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Cervical cancer screening?

Cervical cancer screening?

Pap smear: Have your pap smear done starting at age 21 and is the best thing you can do to prevent it. ...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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Do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer?

Do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer?

Yes.: That is one of the main reasons for colonoscopy. The gastroenterologist usually can see every part of the colon wall and biopsy suspicious lesions. Often this is curative if found early. While not completely true, consider all polyps to be future cancers and most cancers come from polyps. Screening should begin at age 50 unless there is a history to suggest beginning earlier. ...Read more

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Is metastatic melanoma preventable?

Is metastatic melanoma preventable?

Yes and No: Certain genetic conditions may predispose someone to malignant melanoma. But there are certainly things that can be done to boost one's immune system to fight cancers. And those with irregular moles should be seen at least yearly by their doctor or dermatologist to remove suspicious moles. Therefore, preventing a metastatic process. ...Read more

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Is dcis breast cancer genetic?

Is dcis breast cancer genetic?

It can be: Dcis, the earliest form of breast cancer, can be associated with brca mutations. 13% of women under 50 diagnosed with dcis had a brca mutation in retrospective (looking backwards) studies. Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or dcis before age 50 should have genetic counseling. For more info: http://clincancerres.Aacrjournals.Org/content/13/14/4306.Full. ...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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Is melanoma cancer curable/reversible?

Is melanoma cancer curable/reversible?

Very curable: In its early stages. Once it has spread from the primary site to other organs, the prognosis is much worse. Early treatment is key to a good outcome. ...Read more

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Are cea markers reliable for metastic colon cancer ?

Are cea markers reliable for metastic colon cancer ?

Depending how used: CEA first identified in 1965 by Phil Gold and Samuel O. Freedman in human colon cancer extracts. Thought to be valuable for dx colorectal Ca but the glycoprotein is also expressed in inflamed tissue so that smoking and enema can cause rise. Best used for monitoring so that if present in primary and rises it represents treatment failure and if diminishes during treatment it represents a response. ...Read more

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What happened at komen foundation for breast cancer screening?

What happened at komen foundation for breast cancer screening?

Still there: The komen foundation still provides money to organizations to provide screening mammograms. I recommend checking iwth your local health department to programs. Komen relies on donations to keep providing this worthwhile services. ...Read more

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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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Is melanoma genetic?

Is melanoma genetic?

Sometimes: There are a portion of melanomas that have a genetic inheritance, e.G, the dysplastic nevus syndrome. We are not yet certain about exactly how the inheritance works for this. Other rare inherited conditions also increase the risk of melanoma and other cancers too. Finally, there are a large number of melanomas that have no inherited predispostion as well. ...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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Can mammograms detect breast cancers?

Can mammograms detect breast cancers?

Yes most of the time: Accuracy of mammography in varies serious positive for ca any where from 78% to 90 % but over all not 100% as in biopsy. For the diagnosis other parameters are involved like specific findindings, besides age , family history, physical findings , genetic diseases , personal habits , medications etc regular breast examination , awareness is also essential for early diagnosis and cure. ...Read more

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Can a stool cancer screening show polps?

Can a stool cancer screening show polps?

The guaiac test: For blood in stool is not specific, and a polyp could be the cause, but occult blood is an indication for endoscopy to find tha cause of the occult bleeding: polyp, hemorrhoid, divertic, cancer, ulcer, etc. ...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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What is melanoma skin cancer?

What is melanoma skin cancer?

Aggressive cancer: Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin. These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into cancer it can grow radially and deeply which can be dangerous as it can subsequently spread to other areas of the body. There are genetic predispositions as well as ultraviolet radiation exposure and sunburns are risk factors. ...Read more

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Are there any antibody screen for early cancer detection?

Are there any antibody screen for early cancer detection?

No: There are no reliable markers for early detection of cancer in general or specific cancers. ...Read more

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What screening tests are used for colorectal cancer?

What screening tests are used for 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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What is the abcde screening method for melanoma?|

What is the abcde screening method for melanoma?|

Also...: "e" was added more recently. Stands for evolution- in other words a mole that has recently changed it's size, shape, and/or color; or has started to bleed, become crusty or inflammed. ...Read more

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How can you use education and screening to prevent melanoma morbidity?

How can you use education and screening to prevent melanoma morbidity?

Early Diagnosis: I'm not sure I am interpreting your question correctly but patient education and screening of appropriate individuals will help get an earlier diagnosis which will increase survival and decrease te morbidity of melanoma treatment. The abcd rule is used to identify at risk skin lesions. ...Read more

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Are there screening options for familial melanoma?

Are there screening options for familial melanoma?

Melanoma screen: All individuals with a family history of melanoma should be screened at least once per year for signs of early melanoma. Melanoma is 99 percent curable if found early, whereas if found late carries a very high mortality rate. ...Read more

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Does melanoma contine to grow and change on skin. Just had mole removed dr feels aytipical no changes at least in last 2 years and seen four derms (6mth screenings) rounded flat dark brown 5-6mm mole?

Does melanoma contine to grow and change on skin.  Just had mole removed dr feels aytipical no changes at least in last 2 years and seen four derms (6mth screenings) rounded flat dark brown 5-6mm mole?

Ugly duckling: No hard and fast rules about when to watch and when to cut. One way to decide is the ugly duckling principle. If one mole looks a lot different then the rest remove it. If a lot of abnormal moles take the worst, the one that is changing, or new. For sure remove if =/>7mm irreg shape > 2 colors fuzzy borders. There is also the willy factor. If it gives me the "willies" get it out. Good health ...Read more

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I get yearly skin screenings and will continue to do so. My question is about a previous excised mole. It was a moderate-severe atypical dysplastic nevus. I know having atypical moles can be a sign of increased chance of melanoma. I've also read that ma

I get yearly skin screenings and will continue to do so.  My question is about a previous excised mole.  It was a moderate-severe atypical dysplastic nevus. I know having atypical moles can be a sign of increased chance of melanoma. I've also read that ma

Low risk: As long as the atypical nevus was excised with negative margins (normal skin at all edges), then you should be fine. Lower your risk of developing a new problem somewhere else by avoiding excessive sun exposure, or by using frequent applications of sunscreen if you must be out in the sun. ...Read more

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What happens during a skin cancer screening visit?

What happens during a skin cancer screening visit?

Full body exam: Docotor will examine face, neck, trunk and extremities lookin off any suspicious lesions. If necessary the dermatologist will also examine lymph nodes, inside of mouth. Suspicious lesions if any will be biopsied. A follow up examination will be scheduled depending on findings and skin cancer, and family history. ...Read more

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What happens during a skin cancer screening? Do they take biopsy tests?

What happens during a skin cancer screening? Do they take biopsy tests?

Exam +/- biopsy: First, your doctor will examine your skin primarily by looking at it. If any suspicious lesions are noted, he may recommend biopsy or treatment with liquid nitrogen. This is done in the office, and is not a big ordeal. ...Read more

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Can photography or computer imaging be used for skin cancer screening?

Can photography or computer imaging be used for skin cancer screening?

Yes: There are several on-line services that will give you and estimate as to whether a picture of your skin lesion is malignant. ...Read more

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Should a full body skin cancer screening include examining buttocks and genitalia?

Should a full body skin cancer screening include examining buttocks and genitalia?

Yes absolutely: Yes absolutely, whole body including genitalia and buttocks.. Eyes should be checked for melanoma; the most aggressive cancer of skin cancers. Moles on skin surface characteristic cancer pattern; asymmetric; color change, growth in diameter. Be sure to wear sunblock even if cloudy during day and especially when sun UV light strongest between 10:00AM and 2:00PM ...Read more

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Had new derm perform a thorough skin cancer screening. He didn't use a dermoscope but a magnifier with light. Is this tool equally appropriate? Normal results using it.

Had new derm perform a thorough skin cancer screening. He didn't use a dermoscope but a magnifier with light. Is this tool equally appropriate? Normal results using it.

Skin: if a Dermatologist told you that you are skin cancer free then he is correct, he would have used the dermascope if he felt that there was an area of concern. So relax and enjoy life. ...Read more

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For a skin cancer screening by dermatologist do i have to get naked or no? My genitals dont recieve sunlight so i dont see why i would

Skin Cancers: While sun exposure is the most important risk factor for skin cancer, many potentially lethal skin cancers develop in protected sites like the soles of the feet, scalp and genital areas. It's important to be thoroughly examined, but this can be done with respect and dignity. ...Read more

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I have a skin cancer screening tomorrow with a dermatologist. What are some things i can ask the doctor about to ensure we optimize our time together?

Items to discuss: 1) make sure the doctor gets you fully undressed to look everywhere 2) discuss especially all lesions you are concerned about 3) discuss the 3 types of skin cancer 4) discuss sun protection. ...Read more

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What is a solar lentigines? New, flat, VERY light tan spot on cheek bone. At skin cancer screening, Dr said not keratosis. Said keep an eye on it.

What is a  solar lentigines? New, flat, VERY light tan spot on cheek bone.  At skin cancer screening, Dr said not keratosis.  Said keep an eye on it.

Sun Damage: Lentigines are due to localised proliferation of melanocytes. The most common type, solar lentigines, arise in middle age and also result from sun damage (age spots). They are most often found on the face and hands, and are larger and more defined than freckles. Lentigines tend to persist for long periods and don't disappear in the winter (though they may fade). ...Read more

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How do you screen for skin cancer, is it important to screen for skin cancer?

How do you screen for skin cancer, is it important to screen for skin cancer?

Dermatologist & yes: Those at risk should, it includes fair (light colored, freckled) skinned individuals. Sun damaged skin and those with nevi and moles. The main way is to look at all the skin and look at lesions and moles by a specialist, the dermatologist. The patient should also keep an eye on lesions, enlarging or growing, asymmetry, color changes, bleeding, larger than a pencil eraser should be checked. ...Read more

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Does washing your hands 30 times during the day cause cancer? Also does leaning over your computer screen cause skin cancer?

Does washing your hands 30 times during the day cause cancer? Also does leaning over your computer screen cause skin cancer?

No to both: For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What is a melanoma?

A type of skin cance: Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that arises from the pigmented cells (melanocytes) in the skin. In general, it is more malignant than the other two common skin cancer types (basal cell and squamous cell), but early melanoma has a good prognosis. Look online for the abcde for diagnosing melanoma. If you have a suspicious mole - have it checked out by a deramatologist. It could save your life! ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin which is one of the most complex organs in the body, degenerates into cancer, with the cancerous (malignant) cells growing ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

A type of cancer that develops from pigment-containing ...Read more