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What Are The Factors That Make It More Likely To Get Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum. The cells lining the colon or rectum become abnormal and grow uncontrollably. They start as polyps. Symptoms include blood in the stool, constipation, loss of appetite, and weight loss. This cancer can be prevented through early screening, if a polyp is detected during a colonoscopy and excised. Additionally, a high fiber diet with plenty of water and a ...Read more
DNA, blood pressure: Aneurysm disease runs in families. Some patients have family members who died from aneurysm disease but it was attributed to something else. Investigate your family medical history. The other biggest factor is high blood pressure. Make sure your blood pressure is under control. A final risk factor is smoking. Smoking is bad for many reasons, and it makes aneurysms grow faster. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: Overactive bladder is a symptom of voiding too much. It is usually benign. Contributing factors that worsen the symptoms include diet, smoking, sexual intercourse, coffe and tea consumption, and alcohol. Avoidance of these will usually decrease the symptoms but may not resolve them altogether. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Among many: BRCA1/2: There are a number of genes associated with increased risk of developing breast cancer. BRCA1 & 2 are the most known and studied but other genes are: TP53, PTEN, PALB2, CHEK2 ... (see list at http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/breast-cancer/about/risks/breast-cancer-genes) NCI has good info on BRCA1/2 at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/BRCA as a starting point ...Read more
Hypertension: First pregnancies, excessive weight gain, history of chronic kidney disease, chronic hypertension, auto-immune disorders, multiple pregnancies, diabetes are just some of the risk factors for the condition. If you have any of the above, it is important to be under close supervision of your obstetrician/perinatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Carelessness: Contusion- bruising on the brain can be caused by bad luck, but more often they are a result of carelessness when people don't wear bicycle helmets, motorcycle helmets, or helmets on 4 wheelers. They are careless in their pursuit of fun and don't follow proper techniques to protect their brain. Be careful, plan carefully, and go through a little inconvenience to save the brain! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Women: Komen was one of the 1st organizations to help draw attention to breast cancer and bring it out of the shadows.Organizations like komen and avon have funded a large portion of the research and community activities in the country. Women are vocal about issues near and dear to them. Other conditions can get publicity, it takes a person to champion the cause and others to follow. ...Read more
There is a gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer that is hereditary. What gene is that?
Poss. head trauma: In a study of 240 cases in 1987, 17% developed onset within days to weeks after cerebral trauma and 15 % after presumed viral neurolabyrinthitis. The significance of the findings were unclear as they did not influence the course of the disorder. The cause in most cases is undefined. Rapid head movements will worsen vertigo caused by other disorders (meniere's disease, posterior fossa tumors etc). ...Read more
Lynch syndrome, related to rectal cancer, how likely is it that if someone has this they will get cancer? How many people APPROXIMATELY are fine?
Lynch syndrome: Lynch syndrome is also known as hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer. Individuals with HNPCC have about an 80% lifetime risk for colon cancer. It is a genetically inherited cancer syndrome that has a greater than 50 % chance of being passed from a parent to an affected child. ...Read more
Yes: Anemia is usually a late finding in colon cancer and occurs only when the tumor gets large abd ulcerates causing the bleeding. Ideally we would like to catch it much sooner than that most of thes cancers start as a polyp which is easily removed by colonoscopy. This test is the best diagnostic test to find polyps and colon cancers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
So why does there seem to be more fuss about colonoscopies vs upper? Is it more to do with the preparation required and the chance of incomplete exam?
Colonoscopy.: Not sure what you mean by "fuss," but it is true that preparing your colon for a colonoscopy is more difficult than just not eating after midnight to prepare for an upper endoscopy. However, if you take the preparation properly, more than 90% of colonoscopies are completed without difficulty. Just follow the instructions that your doctor gives you and it should go well. Good luck. ...Read more
May not be linked: Do you have the diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer? Ovarian cancer is a type of cancer that usually has non-specific symptoms. Urgency/frequency in urination may be linked to a urinary tract infection rather than ovarian cancer. See your doctor for further discussion and/or treatment best Wishes Dr M ...Read more
Because of its: Anatomical location, deep inside and high and to the back of the abdomen, area called retroperitoneum. It also does not cause specific or localized symptoms, such as bleeding or change in appearance. Even in advanced stages it is difficult to find, short of ct, mr, or ultrashound. ...Read more
Rare: App. 10% of women with breast cancer have the hereditary form of breast cancer, who may have a 15-40% chance of also developing ovarian cancer. The other 90% of women with breast cancer should have no greater risk of ovarian ca (1.5%) as the general population. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Please explain if it is the tobacco or what they add to it that gives you the cancer and how long would it take you to get cancer from smoking?
It's the tobacco: The products of combustion include chemicals that wreck havoc on the genes. After 15 pack-years, your risk is much higher than other folks and doesn't return to baseline for a few decades. More important, you've become a slave to an addiction that now carries a serious stigma in the civilized world. I can't promise you cancer, but it will take your wind away both now and as you get older. ...Read more
Are cancer survival rates truly improving, or is it mostly due to earlier diagnoses making it look that way?
Both: Some cancers can be treated effectively and even cured, e.g., hodgkin disease, some tumors and leukemias in children. For others, e.g., prostate cancer it may be that it looks that way due to earlier diagnosis. Early diagnosis in cervical cancer, especially pre-canceous lesions has improved survival. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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