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Swollen painful right foot on top into ankle age 56, 1 kidney since 5 yrs old & renal failure back 2004, type 2 diabetes. Anaemia, vit B12 deficiency.

Swollen painful right foot on top into ankle age 56, 1 kidney since 5 yrs old & renal failure back 2004, type 2 diabetes. Anaemia, vit B12 deficiency.

Many possibilities: Some causes of swelling of the feet can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, infection, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, tendonitis) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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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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Few spots in the genitals area ( the hairy part above the penis) 5 hard un painful spots not itchy,if scratched hardly or removed the head bleeds easy?

Few spots in the genitals area ( the hairy part above the penis) 5 hard un painful spots not itchy,if scratched hardly or removed the head bleeds easy?

Genital bumps: Can not tell over the computer, but concern would be for some infectious cause or even a type of STI if you are sexually active. Get an eval and diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more

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In law diagnosed w/ kidney cancer in 2005. Had 1 kidney removed. Now has 5-6 lumps on head, 5 tumors in lung & 1 in liver. What can we expect & time?

In law diagnosed w/ kidney cancer in 2005. Had 1 kidney removed.  Now has 5-6 lumps on head, 5 tumors in lung & 1 in liver.  What can we expect & time?

A workup: Your physician will need to get tissue to see what these masses actually are. If they are recurrent kidney cancer, there is no predicting either its natural course or its response to treatment. Be strong and good luck. ...Read more

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Husband shot @ age 8 & bullet of .22 entered lower back by spine & lodged in lung above stomach. Too risky 2 remove@ the time. New X-ray abnormal ..

Husband shot @ age 8 & bullet of .22 entered lower back by spine & lodged in lung above stomach.  Too risky 2 remove@ the time. New X-ray abnormal ..

Could not read: I could not read the last part of your question and it probably is the most important part to answer the question. People who have a scar in the lungs from any reason are at risk for developing what is called scar carcinoma. ...Read more

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89 male, ulcer inside rt cheek and grape size tumor/swelling visible out side of cheek, 3 m back same thing went away with antibiotic but recur again.?

89 male, ulcer inside rt cheek and grape size tumor/swelling visible out side of cheek, 3 m back same thing went away with antibiotic but recur again.?

See dentist: I am glad antibiotics made it go away once but you need to see dentist to determine the cause of the infection. Since antibiotics made it go away, it is probably not cancer but you need to determine the cause. If it is due to a tooth, dental abcesses can become deadly - see a dentist soon. ...Read more

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Experiencing sporadic pain in bottom of feet, patches of skin near toes & outer edge turn bright white & numb. Shingles outbreak 2wk later, related?

Experiencing sporadic pain in bottom of feet, patches of skin near toes & outer edge turn bright white & numb. Shingles outbreak 2wk later, related?

Foot pain: You may have a couple issues here. White numb toes could be a sign of poor blood flow to your feet. This would cause pain as well. There is also a condition called post herpetic neuralgia which is a painful condition caused from the virus which gave you shingles. I would recommend evaluation by your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Is dipping/chewing tobacco worse than smoking tobacco? It seems like "chewers" develop cancer in their 40s(babe ruth) where as smokers in their 60s

Is dipping/chewing tobacco worse than smoking tobacco? It seems like "chewers" develop cancer in their 40s(babe ruth) where as smokers in their 60s

Both are bad for you: You are right as to when their cancers might show up, but in either case, there's involvement of tongue, mouth, throat or in smoking, the lungs.Also secondary effects can be bladder cancer, other cancers as the toxic substances still need to be cleared from the body.Your best bet is to stop & see how you can replace this habit with a healthy one.Then, you will be going down a healthy path instead. ...Read more

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Other thanbreast cancer ? Causes minor pain upperl prt of breast, odd shaped lump w/ pain when touched w/ pain in larm as well? Jaw/collarbone arm &knee lymphs are swollentoo.Vitd low at 14, calcium 10

Other thanbreast cancer ? Causes minor pain upperl prt of breast, odd shaped lump w/ pain when touched w/ pain in larm as well? Jaw/collarbone arm &knee lymphs are swollentoo.Vitd low at 14, calcium 10

See your doctor: A work up will determine infection or a doctor can tell if you have lymph swelling. Often times patients see swelling that other people consider a normal variation and they obsess about their body. If your doctor sees this as an issue she will get a lymph node biopsy to rule out any malignant disorders. If you suffer anxiety it may be a side effect of the adderal. Get your thyroid treated. ...Read more

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I'm 16 & found a small,painless lump under my skin on shoulder blade;i had staff B4 but sx r not at all similar; cancer runs in family .any concerns?

I'm 16 & found a small,painless lump under my skin on shoulder blade;i had staff B4 but sx r not at all similar; cancer runs in family .any concerns?

Lump: This may be a simple cyst but a physician would have to examine it to be sure. A staph infection would be red and tender like a boil. If the lump persists, it's best to have the lump evaluated by a physician for peace of mind. ...Read more

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Bitten by insect on lower leg in 4 sites. Swells red (thumb size) with brown center and itches. Treatments thus far contain but don't cure. Advice?

Bitten by insect on lower leg in 4 sites. Swells red (thumb size) with brown center and itches. Treatments thus far contain but don't cure. Advice?

I don't know: what you mean by "CURE"....Local antibiotic/antiitch creams may help but "TINCTURE OF TIME" is the only "CURE"! If there is INFECTION however a systemic antibiotic may be needed. Call your Primary Care Provider as soon as practicable! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Internal bumps on right side neck child 5 yrs of age?

Internal bumps on right side neck child 5 yrs of age?

Usually is: Lymph nodes are located throughout the body & generally noticable in exposed areas like the neck. They are usually pea sized at rest and enlarged when stimulated by bug bites, dermatitis, drainage or infection. They rarely can become damaged by infection & grow to golf ball size & need drainage or removal. Most enlarge and later shrink back down within a 3 wk cycle unless chronically stimulated. ...Read more

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5 D post op D&C. 2 polyps removed. muscle pain over entire body. Succinylcholine. Now hot area in upper R leg. Comes/goes. 55 YO, possible Clot?

Possible myalgias: Succinylcholine can cause myalgias ( muscle pain) though more in well built muscular young individuals so it's possible but have ur primary doc check u to make sure its not something else like flu / viral infection, potassium level, statin type cholesterol meds etc. Same goes for hot area ( i m guessing u mean it feels hot) - clot possible but less likely. Could be other reasons. Doc shud check u ...Read more

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Last 3 months, developed lumps inside shaft of my penis. 4 possibly 5 of them. No pain. The lower ones seem like peas, top one is longer, or a chain?

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Need a look at them: Besides history, a direct look at & feel on them is minimally required for deducing right diagnosis for right care, although clinically these lumps could be just the common sebaceous cysts, which are harmless so not needing active care if no superimposed infection. How to have the related things for good care done rightly? Follow instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. Best... ...Read more

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Diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall. Partial mas. In oct & 1/2 through radiation. Armpit just strarted swelling, hurting & chest pain. Worry?

Diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall.  Partial mas. In oct & 1/2 through radiation.  Armpit just strarted swelling, hurting & chest pain.  Worry?

See your surgeon.: It is very common to develop swelling in the chest and armpit following breast cancer surgery and radiation therapy. While this may just be "normal changes", it could be lymphedema. In this situation, it is best to return to your breast surgeon so that he/she can examine you. If it is lymphedema, physical therapy will be recommended. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long can someone survive at stage five cancer?

How long can someone survive at stage five cancer?

See below: There are different ways to stage cancer, but stage 5 is not a recognized stage. You may consult this site for information on staging. https://www.cancer.org/treatment/understanding-your-diagnosis/staging.html ...Read more

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I am one of five childern, three have had different types of cancer what are my chances of getting cancer?

I am one of five childern, three have had different types of cancer what are my chances of getting cancer?

Depends...: I sorry to hear your siblings have cancer. Cancer clearly has a genetic component that is often heritable, but it is not straightforward. It really depends on the type, and timing, of the cancers. If you are concerned, see your physician who can refer you to a specialist in cancer, or if there is a suspicion you might have a familial cancer syndrome, a genetic counselor. ...Read more

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They say a five year survival rate is pretty good for cancer, but when does those five years begin?

They say a five year survival rate is pretty good for cancer, but when does those five years begin?

From diagnosis: Usually people talk about overall survival which is from the time of diagnosis of the cancer. However, there are many other survival statistics used by cancer doctors (disease free survival, relapse free survival, time to treatment failure, etc.) which start at different times. ...Read more

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When a cancer diagnosis says 5yr survival rate at 90%. What does this mean? That they will die shortly after making it to five years? Or before?

When a cancer diagnosis says 5yr survival rate at 90%. What does this mean? That they will die shortly after making it to five years? Or before?

Health Statistics: It means that 90% of those who underwent this 'treatment' are alive at year five after the treatment. It says nothing about future survival or non-survival. ...Read more

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Please describe the top most common foods to cause cancer?

Please describe the top most common foods to cause cancer?

Meat: A diet consisting of mostly of red meats, including smoked and preserved meats, and low intake of fruits and vegetables is associated with a higher rate of cancer. ...Read more

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Can u get cancer on the top of the tounge or is this unusal.?

Can u get cancer on the top of the tounge or is this unusal.?

Unusual: Cancer of the tongue in a 28 yr old would be very unusual. It's usually rlated to long term tobacco use, so stop using! ...Read more

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How do I care for my young daughter on top of my spouse with cancer?

How do I care for my young daughter on top of my spouse with cancer?

Good communication: Have a meeting with her if she is older that 7 years old. Tell her how you feel taking care of your spouse and the fears you are facing. Tell her that you would appreciate her to help in this or that. Less than 7 y/o...Get help with other relatives or other moms, or daughter's school. Get help from your religious or spiritual community. Get help for your husband too ( home health care or hospice). ...Read more

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How to reduce energy saving bulbs that i don't get cancer my energy saving bulbs are in my fan that has energy saving bulbs in the top of the wall?

How to reduce energy saving bulbs that i don't get cancer my energy saving bulbs are in my fan that has energy saving bulbs in the top of the wall?

Not very high risk: Yes they emit ultraviolet rays , but not same intensity as from sun, . You need to sit under the bulb several hrs and for many many days or years to have some potential effect to get skin cancers ( not other serious cancers ) which are curable. Worry about tons other ionizing radiation we are constantly bombarded by cell towers, high power lines satellites & so many remote control devices. ...Read more

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Help please! could colon cancer develop in four or five years?

Help please! could colon cancer develop in four or five years?

A pre-: Cancerous polyp can convert to a cancer in 4-5 years which is why people with a history of multiple polyps should get colonoscopy more often than every 10 years. ...Read more

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Pilar cysts on top of head(about 4 or 5). benign. Had most of them since i was a kid. Do i ever have to worry about these becoming cancer or no?

Pilar cysts: The risk of a pilar cyst developing into a squamous cell cancer is very low, but not zero. You can leave them be, but should take note if any one of them becomes larger or inflamed or painful, as these may be indicators of a change in the behavior. ...Read more

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I am waiting on a scan from my doctors to see if i got overian cancer but its five weeks on the waiting list is there a way to speed it up i'm ill?

I am waiting on a scan from my doctors to see if i got overian cancer but its five weeks on the waiting list is there a way to speed it up i'm ill?

No screening works: Ovarian cancer is rare at 22 years old. Ovarian problems at this age are usually cysts and frequently self limited. Many scientific studies have failed to find a satisfactory test for screening for ovarian cancer that decreases mortality. ...Read more

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What to do if I have five brain tomurs and doctors said I have cancer in the brain am 29 what should I do?

What to do if I have five brain tomurs and doctors said I have cancer in the brain am 29 what should I do?

Radiation: Management of brain tumors depends on their exact histology (how they look under a microscope) and whether they began in brain, or traveled there from a cancer elsewhere in body. Radiation therapy is commonly used for malignant brain tumors. ...Read more

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Which is now the top post-op cancer pain medications?

Depends: Depends on the type if surgery. Speak with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Dose coffe helps for oral cancer or it make it more worst?

Dose coffe helps for oral cancer or it make it more worst?

Neither: Coffee is not a risk factor for oral cancer. Also, if cancer is present, coffee does not add any benefit. If you think you have oral cancer, see a dentist asap. ...Read more

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On top of cancer, what could cause abnormal cells on the cervix?

On top of cancer, what could cause abnormal cells on the cervix?

What did the person: Who found the abnormal cells say ? Did you ask that person to explain your findings? You can have cervical pre- cancer which is called dysplasia , there are numerous articlesonline that u can read about it but call you doctor as your doc should explain exactly what you have and what you are supposed to do for followup or treatment depending on exactly what you have, also could be chronic cer. ...Read more

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What are the worst symptoms of brain cancer?

What are the worst symptoms of brain cancer?

Too many to list: There are many symptoms of a brain tumor but i really dislike listing them---too many people have some of them due to far moer common causes--but believe they now have a brain tumor and panic. I believe that if your health is not right----for whatever signs or symptoms you have, you should see your primary care physician who is best capable of deciding what is the best path to follow. ...Read more

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Top cancer treatment and research centers ?

Top cancer treatment and research centers ?

Where do you live?: Depending on where you live, every major city, university, has great cancer research centers starting with nih, to many to name, if only few named it could be due to personal bias , . ...Read more

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Top 10 cancer treatment and research centers ?

NCCN-Part II: Thankfully, medicine is a collaborative science where we share amongst ourselves the best treatments available. Alliances such as the nccn ensure that the best cancer care can be delivered where it is most needed-close to a patient's home. Holistic care centers around keeping people in their most normal live's possible, surrounded by family and friends. The best rx is usually the closest to home. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me which is the top cancer prevention you can recommend?

Can you please tell me which is the top cancer prevention you can recommend?

Here the list: 1.Don't use tobacco 2. Eat a healthy diet 3. Maintain a healthy weight and be physically active 4. Protect yourself from the sun 5. Get immunized 6. Avoid risky behaviors 7. Get regular medical care take cancer prevention into your own hands, starting today. The rewards will last a lifetime. Visit for more details http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/cancer-prevention/ca00024/nsectiongroup=2. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me which is the top course of action if you have prostate cancer?

Can you please tell me which is the top course of action if you have prostate cancer?

Unknown, but ...: Thus far, the best Rx for prostate cancer is still unknown, but reasonable for an individual after considering age, general health, findings of tissue microscopic exam, PSA change & progress, DRE, ... to balance medical necessity & professional possibilities. For details, to articles in http://formefirst.com/FreeInfoProstate.html & http://formefirst.com/P-Ca-UpdateNews.html. ...Read more