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Can an ulcer formed in the ankle lead to cancer after 2-3 years of it being untreated?

Can an ulcer formed in the ankle lead to cancer after 2-3 years of it being untreated?

Yes: No set time period but a marjolin ulcer or type of skin cancer associated with skin ulcer rarely occur and tend to be more aggressive than run- of-the- mill skin cancer. ...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've got two non healing ulcers on my leg. Could that indicate cancer of some sort?

I've got two non healing ulcers on my leg. Could that indicate cancer of some sort?

Possibly: Non healing ulcers should be evaluated by your physician. They could be cancerous, or related to diabetes or other medical conditions. Get them checked! ...Read more

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What to do if I have two non healing ulcers on my leg, could that indicate cancer of some sort?

What to do if I have two non healing ulcers on my leg, could that indicate cancer of some sort?

Neeed for medical-ex: You need a medical examination by a physician. Non healing Ulcers can be caused by poor circulation or neuropathies. So you need to get checked for diabetes and for varicose veins and vascular insufficiency which will require a compelte medical examination ...Read more

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Can heartburn lead to ulcers or cancer if left untreated?

Can heartburn lead to ulcers or cancer if left untreated?

Possible: Heartburn is acid reflux. Severe cases known as gerd (chronic acid redux) can lead to complications such ss ulceration or cancer. See your physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can peptic ulcer disease lead to cancer?

Rarely: Peptic ulcers and stomach cancer are both caused, in part, by helicobacter infection. A stomach cancer may present as an ulcer. A bona fide peptic almost never turns into cancer. ...Read more

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Can gastritis , ulcers, or acid indigestion lead to cancer?

Can gastritis , ulcers, or acid indigestion lead to cancer?

Very rarely, yes: It is very uncommon but there are certain types of stomach inflammation that are potentially pre-cancerous. ...Read more

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I've been suffering from gastric ulcer for 15 years, Sometimes when I have stress or eat too much it hurts. Is it dangerous? Will it lead to cancer?

I've been suffering from gastric ulcer for 15 years, Sometimes when I have stress or eat too much it hurts. Is it dangerous? Will it lead to cancer?

Peptic ulcer: If there is a diagnosis of gastric ulcer confirmed by either imaging or endoscope, it is a yes. You have higher risk of having cancer in the stomach, which has a higher prevalence in Asia. An infection in the stomach caused by a bacteria called H. pylori may also lead to malignancy if the ulcer left untreated. You should see a local gastroenterologist for proper treatment and closed follow up. ...Read more

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Chronic gastritis/ulcers/irritation not caused by H. pylori can still lead to stomach cancer. What diagnosis tests would help check for cancer in this case?

Chronic gastritis/ulcers/irritation not caused by H. pylori can still lead to stomach cancer.  What diagnosis tests would help check for cancer in this case?

Stomach CA: If someone knows that you have chronic gastritis they have already been down your throat with a scope. Further recommendations for repeat scope should be driven by those with direct visualization of your stomach. That would be the only way to test for cancer. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have cancer or an ulcer.?

How can I tell if I have cancer or an ulcer.?

Endoscopy (EGD): The symptoms of a stomach ulcer and a stomach cancer may be similar. They may even look pretty similar when seen endoscopically. The best way to distinguish the two is by endoscopic biopsy and follow-up endoscopy to be certain that the ulcer has healed. ...Read more

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Would a non healing ulcer mean cancer?

It's possible.: Gastric ulcers are often biopsied at time of diagnosis to be sure they are not cancer. A malignant ulcer won't heal with usual ulcer medications, one reason why follow-up studies are done to document healing. Most ulcers are not cancerous. If concerned, discuss with your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Are non-healing ulcers a sign of cancer?

Are non-healing ulcers a sign of cancer?

Possibly: Non-healing ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract can certainly be associated with cancer and should be followed closely. This mainly pertains to stomach ulcers but atypical intestinal ulcers have a potential for cancer as well. In general, most ulcers should heal within 8 week on proper therapy, in most people. There are, however, always exceptions and close follow up is recommended. ...Read more

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Can a tongue ulcer cause tongue cancer?

Can a tongue ulcer cause tongue cancer?

Not really: Tongue ulcers do not turn into cancers but they may be cancers to begin with. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for an ulcer of the ankle?

Go to the dr: Don't play with ulcers urself. Firt find etiology. Is it a venous or arterial ulcer for example. Any comorbidites factors? Circulatory status needs to be assessed, presence of infection determined etc Then treatment plans can be initiated. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can podiatrists treat ulcers on the ankle?

Help plz! Can podiatrists treat ulcers on the ankle?

Yes.....they can: It really depends on which state you are in. In your state, they can. In fact, many are very qualified to treat ulcerations. ...Read more

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Are podiatrists trained to treat ulcers on the ankle?

Are podiatrists trained to treat ulcers on the ankle?

Ankle ulcers: Podiatrist are trained to treat foot and ankle conditions. Depending on this date and nitrous are allowed to treat all conditions involving the lower leg but not including the knee. ...Read more

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Can cancer cause anything like bad breath or oral ulcer?

Yes: Although ulcers in the mouth can be due to trauma or "cold sores", oral lesions presenting as ulcers may be associated with oral cancer and must be evaluated sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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How can esophageal cancer feel compared to esophageal ulcers?

How can  esophageal cancer feel compared to esophageal ulcers?

Different: A person with esophageal cancer can develop progressive swallowing difficulty, first for solids and later for liquids as well. Odynophagia is a painful swallowing. Esophageal ulcer can be benign or early cancer. That may produce swallowing difficulties due to spasms, but is not progressive. Only way to know for sure is by biopsy and endoscopy. ...Read more

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Ulcer on tonsil keeps getting bigger? Cancer? Been there for 3 months

Ulcer on tonsil keeps getting bigger? Cancer? Been there for 3 months

Need for evaluation: Any non-healing ulcer of three month duration is a cause for concern and needs immediate evaluation by a doctor who will examine the lesion and it may require a biopsy and microscopic study of the tissue by a pathologist. See this site for more info on tonsil cancer. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tonsil-cancer/. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more