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Turquoise Cancer Ribbon
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
Male breast cancer: It is also an anti-circumcision ribbon and an anti-abortion / sudden infant death / fetal loss ribbon. ...Read more
Hope,badge ofcourage: They see and instantly identify with others wearing the cancer pin telling them that they are not alone in this fight- that there are others that have traveled the same journey and are still here - as a sign of hope and a source of information , counseling, commiserating , and to share a good cry and a good laugh. But do not ask me --- ask them - they will readily tell you their story. ...Read more
Gold: A gold ribbon raises awareness for all pediatric malignancies. ...Read more
Colonoscopy dec'15 removed 5pol, some hyper. wk 2 change in bm, narrow, ribbon like, sometimes thicker but flat sides. pain low lt pelvic. Cancer hist?
Do thin ribbon like stool mobements in case of colon cancer continue all the time or is it ab on and off thing?
stool which is INTERMITTENT are DUE TO SPASM of the lower bowel (old term ="spastic colon") now this is a part of the diagnosis of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which is a DIAGNOSIS of EXCLUSION (other GI problems MUST BE RULED OUT) SO STOP worrying about the "big C" and get yourself checked out by your PCP and at your age a COLONOSCOPY ,may be recommended!
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Yes; not sure!: Men with a mother, sister, or daughter with breast or ovarian cancer, male relatives with breast cancer, or with ashkenazi jewish heritage, have a high risk of carrying a brca mutation. Men with this mutation are at risk for breast and other cancers. Rarely, men without a brca mutation get breast cancer, usually in their later years. I think the ribbon is still pink! sorry guys... ...Read more
Pink w/ blue: I don't know of an official ribbon for male breast cancer. Many organizations use a ribbon with 1/2 pink and 1/2 blue. I refer you to an organization called men against breast cancer. ...Read more
Men get breast cancer at a rate of about 1% of the rate in women. Given that female breast cancer is, unfortunately, all too common, male breast cancer is unusual but not rate.
I am not aware of any "ribbon" campaign for male breast cancer; the one for "breast cancer" should be sufficient. ...Read more
My poop come out like ribbons what can be done about it. it happen when i had readiation for my anal cancer few years ago?
See Surgeon or GI: This could be related to the radiation you received which can cause a stricture in the anus. This can be treated with dilation but needs to be evaluated by a surgeon or GI doc. You also need to be checked for other causes such as a recurrence of the cancer. See your doctor. ...Read more
Complicated Answer: Cancer is just an umbrella where more than 100 different cancers fall under. Each is diagnosed and treated differently. Prognosis is dependent on type of cancer and in stage at time of diagnosis for other cancers. Some can be cured ei: testicular cancer others you can't ei: cll. ...Read more
Many are cured: Over decades advancements in surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy have led to curing more patients. However the is by destroying already formed cancer. Some cancer there has been little progress while others have had leaps and bounds. The best policy is doing everything to prevent cancer or early detection. ...Read more
Genetic mutations: All cancers result from the accumulation of genetic mutations. The genes have a natural tendency to mutate, making life as we know it possible, and there's background radiation and chemicals that are part of nature and inescapable. Specific cancers have various hereditary (inherit a bad gene) and environmental (mutagen) causes; anything can promote by making mutated cells divide. ...Read more
Very broad subject..: There is no "simple" answer. There are ever evolving treatments for cancer. One would consider cancer to be terminal when there are no treatment options that remain due to recurrence, extensive metastasis to other organs, or lack of responsiveness to the existing options. Hope & belief are important aspects of a cure - the term terminal tends to diminish them and should be used with caution. ...Read more
: Either by some symptom (something unusual you feel or notice about yourself - i.e. Pain) or sign (something your doctor notices during an evaluation - i.e. Tenderness on exam) or through a screening test. We currently have approved screeing tests for cervical, breast, colon/rectal, and prostate cancers. ...Read more
Actually can be good: Caffeine use in moderation actually has good health benefits such as lowering risk of diabetes among others. Caffeine is also used for treatment of headaches, often in combo with other meds. Coffee (most common source of caffeine) is actually a good thing, but the condiments such as sugar/cream/flavoring are not. So, modest black coffee consumption may boost your health. Stay healhthy. Good luck. ...Read more
Longer lives: If you control for the fact that we're living longer, smoking more (lung cancer) and women aren't always pregnantor nursing (breast cancer), cancer is no more common nowadays than it ever was. Cancer results from accumulation of genetic mutations over time. We're also diagnosing it more often; in the old days, people "just died", especially children. It's not due to modern times. ...Read more
Fermented wheat germ: This is a nutritional supplement with some good nutrients that's cheap to make and sell to support cancer patient nutrition in some countries. The websites suggest that this is "clinically proven" to actually affect but for animal and human work, there are only a few preliminary studies in obscure journals. The ads seem misleading and i'd be reluctant to reward people like this with my money. ...Read more
No: A schmorl's node is basically a weakness in the endplate of a vertebra through which disc material is displaced into the vertebral body. The term "node" is misleading and has nothing to do with cancer. Schmorl's nodes are very common, usually asymptomatic but can be a source of pain if they are acute. ...Read more
Malignant: I am not sure what you mean by cancer process. Cancer is the transformation of normal cells into malignant ones. Usually it involves the genetic material of a cell. The hallmark of a malignant cell is its uncontrolled proliferation. When it comes to function, it doesn't function as a normal cell would. Uncontrolled proliferation leads to invasion and then spread locally and distantly. ...Read more