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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

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

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Is a sensitive, sometimes tingling tongue a symptom of cancer of the mouth?

Is a sensitive, sometimes tingling tongue a symptom of cancer of the mouth?

Not normally BUT: Never rule out cancer until you have seen a qualified health care professional to have a differential diagnosis made. Go with a written duration, time of day, diet, medication, family history, tobacco history. ...Read more

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A small lump on my head? This is symptom of cancer? I consult a doctor 3 months ago he said " its movable no need to worry" but iam too much afraid

A small lump on my head? This is symptom of cancer? I consult a doctor 3 months ago he said " its movable no need to worry" but iam too much afraid

Talk to your doctor: Most likely benign like cyst or similar nature. But if you are concerned them talk to your doctor about taking it out. ...Read more

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Is excess of dandruff a possible symptom of cancer?

Is excess of dandruff a possible symptom of cancer?

No..: It could be a sign of allergy, malnutrition, or anxiety, but not cancer. If it's not responding to shampoos, see a dermatologist, who should be able to help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Help please! Is excessive dandruff a symptom of cancer?

Help please! Is excessive dandruff a symptom of cancer?

No..: It could be a sign of allergy, malnutrition, or anxiety, but not cancer. If it's not responding to shampoos, see a dermatologist, who should be able to help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is fatigue normally a late symptom of cancer?

Is fatigue normally a late symptom of cancer?

Yes and no: Fatigue can be caused my many things. As cancer progresses, you may indeed become more fatigued. Having a lot of fatigue does not necessarily mean you have a late sign of cancer. ...Read more

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Can depression be a possible symptom of cancer?

Can depression be a possible symptom of cancer?

Only possible: While cancers can present variable depending on patient, type of cancer, areas involved and many things we don't understand, depression can result or be enhanced by a malignant process occurring. I'd caution though that there are more causes of depression unrelated to cancer than causes due to cancer. Talk to primary care doc as a start. ...Read more

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Is erythema multiforme a symptom of cancer?

Is erythema multiforme a symptom of cancer?

No: Erythema multiforme ranges from a few days of target skin lesions after taking a medicine to which you're allergic to a nasty rash after a chest cold to a lifelong nuisance skin-and-mucosal disease that flares at inconvenient times. If the latter, I hope you're able to find a good dermatologist with whom you can work over the years, and that you keep an eagle eye on what triggers flareups. ...Read more

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If I have a thigh rash, is this a symptom of cancer?

If I have a thigh rash, is this a symptom of cancer?

Unlikely: Skin rashes are usually due to infection or due to alergy. You need to go see a doctor who can examine you and treat you fpor this probelm which might be a yeast infection. ...Read more

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Help please! Is extreme fatigue a symptom of cancer, or just what happens during cancer treatment?

Help please! Is extreme fatigue a symptom of cancer, or just what happens during cancer treatment?

Yes: Yes - either. Fatigue may be a sign of cancer, but of course is common in many other non-cancerous conditions. Treatment may cause extreme fatigue, but many people receive treatment with tolerable side effects. ...Read more

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Is persistent pain on right side of abdomen and right side of navel a symptom of cancer somewhere in abdomen?

Is persistent pain on right side of abdomen and right side of navel a symptom of cancer somewhere in abdomen?

Vague: Could be a variety of issues- appendix, pulled muscle, hernia...Don't sit back and have doubts...Get checked asap to help determine if you need treatment or not. ...Read more

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Is anxiety and panic disorder a symptom of cancer?

Is anxiety and panic disorder a symptom of cancer?

Anxiety and Cancer: Panic disorder is a diagnosis all on its own. Its not linked to cancer but a lot of cancer patients will experience a high level of anxiety at the time of their diagnosis and interestingly at the completion of their treatment. ...Read more

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Can nausea be a symptom of cancer or does it only happen once you start treatment?

Can nausea be a symptom of cancer or does it only happen once you start treatment?

Nonspecific: Nausea is a very nonspecific symptom. It can be a sign of some cancers but more commonly it can be a sign of problems with stomach related to too much acid, ulcers, and infection. But so many other things can cause it too, anxiety, hormonal issues, and the list goes on. Be reassured that cancer is usually far from things that I first worry about when a patient presents with nausea. ...Read more

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Can night sweats also be a symptom of cancer cells regressing or dying? Any help appreciated!

Can night sweats also be a symptom of cancer cells regressing or dying? Any help appreciated!

Yes: Early in treatment with chemotherapy or radiation, as tumor cells die, it can produce what is sometimes called 'tumor fever.' Classically, it happens about once every 24 hours and be accompanied by night sweats. Be sure to let your doctor know about these symptoms. ...Read more

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At my age of 23 I have a lack of appetite is that a early symptom of cancer for me? What are the more common causes for me

At my age of 23 I have a lack of appetite is that a early symptom of cancer for me? What are the more common causes for me

Lost thing to worry: 23yr old lost (or least) you should worry about, cancer are very rare at your age and don't worry. Your loss appetite, your mom will tell you that you not eating proper diet any slight depression, or worry will cause you loose appetite, see your family doctor first. ...Read more

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A small lump on my head? This is symptom of cancer? I am a 24 year old men who for the past month or two, had been having headaches that are almost ev

Don't worry: First, you need to see a healthcare provider for your headaches. Second, take a deep breath and relax. Cancer is very unlikely as the cause of your symptoms, including the small lump on your head! It's much more likely you have sinus disease, migraine headaches or chronic tension headaches. Write down when they occur, what makes them better or worse, and other symptoms. This will help your doctor! ...Read more

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Could hair loss be a symptom of cancer have had thyroid checked and its fine.?

Could hair loss be a symptom of cancer have had thyroid checked and its fine.?

Hair loss: Hair follicles are very sensitive to changes in the body. Factors such as changes in sex steroids, cortisol and thyroid hormones can cause hair loss. While cancer of various kinds could influence hormone levels, many other physical and emotional factors could cause these changes as well. ...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