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I've been short of breath lately, i smoke cigarettes and have asthma. I've also been clearing my throat a lot lately too. Could it be cancer related?

I've been short of breath lately, i smoke cigarettes and have asthma.  I've also been clearing my throat  a lot lately too. Could it be cancer related?

Unlikely: While you are at increased risk for lung cancer due to your smoking, you likely are experiencing the direct effects of smoking. Your ability to clear secretions is impaired directly from smoking and you are most likely having to clear your throat more frequently because of that reason. A chest x-ray would be a reasonable option. Your symptoms may resolve if you were to quit smoking. ...Read more

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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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I recently had a CT done & they found 3 nodules on my lungs. I've been clearing my throat for a year which i thought was a nervous tick. Cancer?

I recently had a CT done & they found 3 nodules on my lungs. I've been clearing my throat for a year which i thought was a nervous tick. Cancer?

Fleischner Society: Fleischner society guidelines for pulmonary nodules is used by the radiologist and the lung doctor to help guide how your nodules are treated and followed. Unfortunately nodules can be common, and are often benign, but some may be problematic. Depending on the size of your nodules, if you smoke, other symptoms etc., will decide how best to tx you. In the end, a biopsy is definitive if needed. ...Read more

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Is dizziness a symptom of cancer?

Is dizziness a symptom of cancer?

Rarely: Dizziness is caused by many things. The most common causes are vertigo, medicine side effects, dehydration, and changes in the blood pressure or heart rhythm. Cancer is rarely a cause of dizziness. Dizziness can be a disabling and important symptom. Although it may not be caused by cancer, it's worth a check up if it is bothering you. ...Read more

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Abdomen swelling and jaundice are these a symptom of cancer?

Abdomen swelling and jaundice are these a symptom of cancer?

Can be: More commonly these would be symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver. Primary or metastatic tumor in the liver can also produce these symptoms. ...Read more

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3Yr old has leg (shin) pain usually in one leg on and off for over a year could this be serious? Is this a symptom of cancer? :(

3Yr old has leg (shin) pain usually in one leg on and off for over a year could this be serious? Is this a symptom of cancer? :(

More information...: The question you have asked just raises more questions for me for a medical opinion. That is always a sign that the issue should be discussed with your child's pediatrician. Is the pain only at night? Does it affect ability to walk? Is there swelling? Growing pains are common in kids BUT that can't be diagnosed without more information. See the pediatrician :) ...Read more

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Can itchiness in the breasts be a symptom of cancer?

Can itchiness in the breasts be a symptom of cancer?

Usually, unrelated: Itching of the breast would not make it on my top 20 list of common breast cancer symptoms. The only time I have seen itching with breast cancer is related to paget's disease, which causes an eczema-like rash on the nipple, which can itch. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have the symptom of cancer of jaw?

How to tell if you have the symptom of cancer of jaw?

See below: Tumor of the jaw generally will present with swelling, pain, bleeding, loose teeth, weight loss etc. See this site for more info. http://www.med-health.net/jaw-cancer.html. ...Read more

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Is inflammation a symptom of cancer of the breast?

Is inflammation a symptom of cancer of the breast?

Sometimes: There is an aggressive form of breast cancer that can present like an infection. There is usually not a mass and the infection does not resolve with antibiotics. Breast infections are very common in women who are breastfeeding. I recommend being evaluated by your physician and getting breast imaging. ...Read more

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I'm reading online that itchy legs are a symptom of cancer! is this true?

I'm reading online that itchy legs are a symptom of cancer! is this true?

Rarely: Cancer is not a common reason to have itching on your kegs. Internet is not a good source of information about a common probelm which can have many many causes. I would advise you to see your family doctor for physical examination to determine why you have the itching probelm and offer you treatment. A skin specialist (dermatologist) can also be helpful if the problem continues unabated. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more