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Smoking Duration To Be A Risk For Oral Cancer
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
If a male has high risk HPV strain linked to oral cancer. How often to get oral cancer screening when asymptomatic? Does it decrease mortality?
If HPV is transmitted through oral sex to a woman, is she at risk for oral and throat cancers, or also cervical cancer?
Very uncommon but...: Pancreas cancer tends to be a disease of older adults, is highly fatal, associated with smoking, and often has no signs of disease until very late. However, there are rare examples of very young women who get a rare version known as pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. This is a very different disease and not as lethal as the standard kind w better treatments. Read here http://1.Usa.Gov/vf3idj. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is a risk factor for prostate cancer, and this relationship may have little to do my risks of getting prostate cancer?
Age, family history: The risk of prostate cancer increases with age. It is relatively rare in men under 60. Sexual activity is not a risk factor. Family history of prostate cancer may be a risk factor for you. It's unclear whether screening tests for prostate cancer are useful for men without symptoms or family history. For men with symptoms or family history, I recommend screening. ...Read more
Is it recommended to get a precautionary prostatectomy for men with family history of prostate cancer?
I know hpv is a risk factor for cancers such as cervical, anal, oral etc. But can cancer of rectum- not anal- also be caused by hpv?
Should be fine: Modern techniques use pretty sophisticated software to minimize any collateral radiation exposure to the healthy tissues nearby especially the lung and the heart in the case of breast radiation. Internal RT or brachytherapy may also be a good option if the cancer is detected in an early stage. This targeted treatment is done in 5 days and can often spare more normal tissues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on Type: Most stage IV cancers are not curable and lead to a patient's deaths within many months to a year or so. Other types, such as breast, prostate, colon, & lymphoma may grow slowly and respond to treatment and patients may live for many years with excellent quality of life. Other stage IV can be cured such as some lymphomas, testicular, and head & neck cancers. ...Read more
Possibly: Sometimes we use prednisone. Also some people respond to Marinol but not the greatest. Mirtazapine (remeron) an antidepressant has side effects that include help with sleeping and improved appetite. Hope this helps. However, as with all medications, there are side effects and there can be drug interactions. So discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Can a person with cancer have cancer spread more quickly by a three hour plane trip for a business trip? Any clinical evidence?
Same speed, velocity: Because cancer is in the person, the cancer goes from one location to another at the same velocity that the person goes. Thus, if a plane is going east at 400 miles per hour, both the person and his cancer are going east at 400 miles per hour. When a plane lands, both the person and his cancer stop traveling, and the cancer just continues to spread in the person at the same rate as before travel. ...Read more
Oral cancer: It depends. We evaluate these tumors based on the size, presence of involved lymph nodes and whether or not there has been tumor spread beyond the mouth and neck. The more advanced the tumor the less likely it is to be cured. The size alone is only one factor. See an otolaryngologist who treats cancers of the head and neck. Best wishes to you or the one for whom you are inquiring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Oncologists: Does medical research identify a history of spontaneous pneumothorax as a risk factor for developing lung cancer later in one's life?
No: I can find no evidence for this. ...Read more
Can it be possible for you to live with untreated skin cancer for more than 10 years without having metastasis?
Mouth (Oral) Cancer (Definition)
Any cancer located in the mouth. Symptoms are variable but include a mass in the mouth, difficulty eating, and tongue problems. ...Read more