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What are the chances that the average will get some type of cancer?

What are the chances that the average will get some type of cancer?

40-50%: It depends what resource you look at but estimates are around 45% for men and about 40% for women that you will get some type of cancer over your lifetime. The variation in numbers is often related to what is exactly included in the definition of cancer (i.e. Invasive disease only or if in situ disease is included as well). ...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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What are the survival rates for the various types of breast cancer surgeries? Does the type of surgery affect whether the cancer will reappear?

What are the survival rates for the various types of breast cancer surgeries? Does the type of surgery affect whether the cancer will reappear?

Equal survival: The survival rates for breast conservation and mastectomy are the same. There is a slightly higher rate of local recurrence for breast conservation (with radiation it should be <1% per year out to 10 years) but this does not impact survival which is the most important consideration of any cancer treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the most common type of cancer of the skeletal system?

Can you tell me about the most common type of cancer of the skeletal system?

Metastases: Cancers starting in the bone itself or cartilage are uncommon. Cancers that begin in the bone marrow and affect the bone are more common but even more common are those that come from other places like lung or breast. ...Read more

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What are some of the names of the types of surgery that u can have for weight loss?

What are some of the names of the types of surgery that u can have for weight loss?

Most common: The most commonly performed surgeries for weight loss in the us are the gastric bypass, adjustable gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy. There is also the duodenal switch, the mini gastric bypass, and gastric plication. ...Read more

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What are all the kinds of cancer a man can get?

What are all the kinds of cancer a man can get?

Cancer of pretty...: ...much any organ, except those organs only present in women, of course (ovary, uterus, etc.). Breast cancer, albeit rare, can develop in men, by the way. Most common? Prostate, lung, colon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what number of non-smokers die of cancer each year in the us?

Can you tell me what number of non-smokers die of cancer each year in the us?

About 1/3 of all: Cancer deaths in the us are related to smoking. About 500, 000 people die of cancer each year, which means about 320, 000 or so of those deaths are in non-smokers. However, since smokers are now only 18% of the population, their risk of cancer is twice that of non-smokers in general, and for some cancers (like lung) 85+% of cases are in smokers, and for head/neck cancer 90% are smokers/drinkers. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting colon cancer and how did doctors get that probability?

What are the chances of getting colon cancer and how did doctors get that probability?

46 cases/yr in 100K: The risk of developing cancer of the colon and rectum is low (46 cases out of 100k population per year, in the us.) this comes from large population data studies, called "seer cancer statistics review" http://seer.Cancer.Gov/statfacts/html/colorect.Html. ...Read more

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What is the most dangerous type of cancer that person can have?

What is the most dangerous type of cancer that person can have?

Depends: Tumors have variable behavior in different people. Some are uniformly bad if not treated early, e.g., glioblastoma, melanoma, some forms of leukemia, e.G, promyelocytic. ...Read more

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What are the possibilities percentage wise for a female at the age of 25 developing any type of cancer ?

What are the possibilities percentage wise for a female at the age of 25  developing any type of cancer ?

Very low: Unless you have a strong family history of early cancers or have a known genetic defect related to cancer, the likelihood of an otherwise normal woman developing cancer at the age of 25 is very low. Blood in stool does need to be investigated, it may be as simple as piles but still you are urged to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the probability of getting the same kind of cancer as a parent?

What is the probability of getting the same kind of cancer as a parent?

Varies: Some cancers are more random, and there's not a significant correlation between parents and progeny. But, for example, if your mother has breast cancer, your risk rises by 50%, from 9% to @14%. Certainly, colon and prostate cancer are more common in individuals with a parental history. That's why an adequate family history is an important part of your health file. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are some things that increase the chances of getting mouth cancer?

What are some things that increase the chances of getting mouth cancer?

Several: Oral sex, has become a major cause, due to the hpv virus. Hpv has been spreading oral cancer much more rapidly than in years past. Multiple sex partners has been shown to expand the incidence of probability exponentially. Heavy smoking, heavy drinking and an unhealthy lifestyle are also contributors. ...Read more

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What are the chances of bone cancer for anyone?

What are the chances of bone cancer for anyone?

Rare: Primary bone cancer is rare. It accounts for much less than 1 percent of all cancers. About 2, 300 new cases of primary bone cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a person that had liver cancer returning to surfing?

Excellent: There are a variety of types of liver cancer, including many for which we are now commonly getting cures or long-term remissions. I'm not your doctor, but like you, i cherish life -- and intend to enjoy it and be fulfilled. I've known people with livers studded with incurable cancer who've still enjoyed themselves physically and been able to do sports. I admire you. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting throat cancer at 17? And what's the most common cancer to affect at this age

What are the chances of getting throat cancer at 17? And what's the most common cancer to affect at this age

Very slim: Throat cancer usually occurs in much older people, often because of longstanding smoking, alcohol use, and, at times, chronic infection with the hpv virus. Although people your age do not frequently develop cancer, the most common types are leukemia and lymphoma (such as hodgkin's disease), bone cancers, some brain cancers, testicular cancers, and skin cancer (melanoma). ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of breast cancer when you are a teenager?

What is the likelihood of breast cancer when you are a teenager?

Extremely low if any: Breast cancer is very unusual in women less than 20 year old although it is reported to develop in some folks as young as 20 years old. ...Read more

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