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Can chronic sinituitis be viral and cause high lymphocytes 52% n low neutrophils 33% absolute #'s were in normal range though? Scared of cancer

Can chronic sinituitis be viral and cause high lymphocytes 52% n low neutrophils 33% absolute #'s were in normal range though? Scared of cancer

Numbers fine: Those numbers are fine for your lymphocyte and neutrophil percentages. You can have virus infections that hold on for a while causing symptoms, but more likely the chronic symptoms are caused by allergies. I would work with your doc or and ENT to determine cause of your chronic symptoms, and then add if an allergist if felt to be allergic in nature. ...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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Is cancer viral or bacterial?

Is cancer viral or bacterial?

Neither: Cancer can be caused by the long-standing inflammation in tissues affected by certain viruses (i.e. Hpv, hcv) and bacteria (i.e. H.Pylori), but cancer itself is not an infectious organism. Learn more about cancer and bacteria here: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/cancer_bacteria learn more about cancer and viruses here: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/cancer_virus. ...Read more

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Have I got tonsil cancer? I have a swollen left tonsil and I'm scared I had a cold /viral for almost 2 weeks and I'm a nurse myself

Have I got tonsil cancer? I have a swollen left tonsil and I'm scared I had a cold /viral for almost 2 weeks and I'm a nurse myself

Very unlikely: Throat or tonsilar cancer is very rare at your age (27). It also is not usually painful, doesn't cause cold symptoms. And such cancers don't usually first show up as tonsilar enlargement. But discuss with your doctor if you remain concerned. ...Read more

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Coughing (sounds dry?) For about 5 months now. Age 18, white phlegm turning green past few days, bacterial/viral? Cancer? (rarely smoke)

Coughing (sounds dry?) For about 5 months now. Age 18, white phlegm turning green past few days, bacterial/viral? Cancer? (rarely smoke)

Need more info: It is not likely to be cancer. However, it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without further history, physical examination, and may imaging and lab tests. Cough for five months warrants seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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On 7th day of viral gastroenteritis Doc said 5-7 days it will get better. Anxiety makes me think it is cancer I also have chills throughout?

On 7th day of viral gastroenteritis Doc said 5-7 days it will get better. Anxiety makes me think it is cancer I also have chills throughout?

Gastroenteritis...: ...is typically accompanied by symptoms of fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal discomfort. These are not the presenting symptoms of common malignancies. A colon cancer, for example might present with trace amounts of blood in the stool, or pain and constipation. ...Read more

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Husband has stage four cirrosis liver cancer, needs to go through trtmnt to kill hepc bfor he can get trsplnt, high viral load, chances it will work?

Husband has stage four cirrosis liver cancer, needs to go through trtmnt to kill hepc bfor he can get trsplnt, high viral load, chances it will work?

Depends: The serotype of the hep c, his tolerance and adherence to medication, abstaining from alcohol or other substances toxic to the liver are all important. Then having a compatible liver become available are all important occurrences. He has a good chance for all this to happen. Good luck and prayer help. ...Read more

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Had viral infection 3 weeks ago symptoms are gone except 1 tonsil is still big could this be a cancer of some sort? theres no pain.or could be normal

Had viral infection 3 weeks ago symptoms are gone except 1 tonsil is still big could this be a cancer of some sort? theres no pain.or could be normal

How big?: Some asymmetry in the size of paired organs is normal. If there are no symptoms, you may wish to watch and wait. if the tonsil does not get bigger, does not ulcerate or bleed, you may leave it alone. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What would high WBC (14.6) + high abs gran (9.3)+ high abs mono (1.8) be symptomatic of? Bacterial, viral, immune or could it possibly be cancer?

What would high WBC (14.6) + high abs gran  (9.3)+ high abs mono (1.8) be symptomatic of? Bacterial, viral, immune or could it possibly be cancer?

High : Granulocyte counts points to stress or bacterial infection. CBC interpertations need to be viewed in context of history and physical exam (go back to your doctor that ordered the test), and cannot deliver an answer in isolation. Uncommonly some tumors cause such results. And sometimes it is normal on next draw. ...Read more

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Can viral infections be diagnosed by a high white blood cell count assuming blood cancers are not a factor?

Can viral infections be diagnosed by a high white blood cell count assuming blood cancers are not a factor?

Yes: Viral infections can cause relatively high white cells, mostly lymphocytes. Look at the whole blood counts, white, red cells, size and shape. And platelets. Any nodes, fever, sweats, weight change, bleeding, sore throat....? Do not put your self in a corner. Think outside the box. Discuss with your md. ...Read more

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Wbc 16 and esr 19 slightly high for 3 months igE 191 ldh normal viral infections with fever every month for 1 year should I be concerned about cancer?

Wbc 16 and esr 19 slightly high for 3 months igE 191 ldh normal viral infections with fever every month for 1 year should I be concerned about cancer?

Stop worrying: Sed rate and CRP are in my opinion (as a lab specialist) worthless as screens for serious disease if the history and physical are basically normal. Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on the high end. WBC 16,000 can result from a cold shower -- if you feel okay, all that really matters is whether the cells all look normal. IgE 191 IU/mL is normal. ...Read more

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Is HPV 1 throat cancer - is that a sexually transmitted viral cancer?

Is HPV 1 throat cancer - is that a sexually transmitted viral cancer?

Not really: Hpv has many subtypes and has become so prevalent that it can be likely passed without sexual contact. The good news is hpv associated head and neck cancer appears less aggressive than it's non hpv counterparts. Hpv associated throat cancer would not be considered a sexually transmitted disease, but exposure to the virus prior to forming the cancer might occur through sexual transmission. ...Read more

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I'm asian, 29, f, just diagnosed w/ chronic hep b. Hbeag -, anti-hbe +, normal lfts, viral load 1380 iu/ml. Afp 2.5 should I worry about liver cancer?

I'm asian, 29, f, just diagnosed w/ chronic hep b. Hbeag -, anti-hbe +, normal lfts, viral load 1380  iu/ml. Afp 2.5 should I worry about liver cancer?

Yes slight risk: Best prevention of liver cancer is vaccination .Once infected most of the time virus will clear active disease will need treatment with Alpha interferon, Lamivudine etc to clear virus and prevent further damage & monitoring progression.Damage control includes weight diet , avoiding drugs, alcohol smoking , diabetes( blood sugar) oral contraceptives additional infections like hiv. ...Read more

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Lump in throat for 2 weeks, history of GERD. Also have viral illness. How do u tell the diff btwn viral-related lump feeling & GERD-related? Cancer?

Lump in throat for 2 weeks, history of GERD. Also have viral illness. How do u tell the diff btwn viral-related lump feeling & GERD-related?  Cancer?

Globus sensation?: Do you experience the feeling of a ball or lump in the back of your throat that you have to swallow past? If so, this is "globus." Alternatively, you may have laryngo-esophaeal reflux without heartburn. Sometimes, the actual swallowing mechanism may be impaired due to "spasms," dysmotility, or inflammation. A gastroenterologist or ear-nose-throat specialist is a good starting point for evaluation ...Read more

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Not shingles saw infectious disease dr, he said not shingles, not std, not cancer sores keep coming back when i go off viral infection med why?

Not shingles saw infectious disease dr, he said not shingles, not std, not cancer sores keep coming back when i go off viral infection med why?

Immune deficiency: Need to know more about the rash, history of infections, the antiviral medication etc. Would comment that with repeated bacterial skin infections or viral infections that are difficult to control (and many other scenarios involving recurrent unexplained infection), it may be helpful to see an Immunologist to rule out underlying deficiency. ...Read more

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How is cancer caused?

How is cancer caused?

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

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Wii cafine cause cancer?

Wii cafine cause cancer?

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

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Can a pe causes a mi or cancer?

Can a pe causes a mi or cancer?

PE ; Cancer: However, patients with cancer are more prone to develop blood clots and a pe. ...Read more

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