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What happens in the body when you have melanoma?

What happens in the body when you have melanoma?

Nothing if caught: Melanoma can be cured with excision if it is found and removed early. If it spreads (metastasis) it can travel to lymph nodes or just about anywhere else in the body (lungs, brain, bones, etc). Once it has spread, it is much more difficult to treat and cure. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more


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What happens to the body when you have skin cancer?

What happens to the body when you have skin cancer?

Depends on type: There are several different types of skin cancers. Squamous and basal skin cancers tend to stay locally on the skin and grow larger over time. Melanoma has the ability to travel to distant places in the body and form new tumors. ...Read more

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What happens to the body when you have hypertension?

What happens to the body when you have hypertension?

See below: Short term: nothing Long term: damage to the kidney, heart ,and brain. It's the leading cause of stroke and a major cause of congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, & heart attack. ...Read more

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What is happening in the body when you starve?

What is happening in the body when you starve?

Starve: Great question. Best reference is Ancel Keys Biology of Starvation. Good discussion in wikipedia. 1. lose weight. 2. lose salt 3 BP goes down 4. Get hungry 5. Metabolism rate goes down. 6. Heart slows down. 7. Faint 8. Die. ...Read more

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What happens to the body when you have asthma?

What happens to the body when you have asthma?

Breathing problems: The main issue is breathing problems. Your airways get narrower, they get inflamed and they also fill with mucus. These changes lead to shortness of breath, cough, etc. ...Read more

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What happens if you have cancer in the bones?

What happens if you have cancer in the bones?

Fracture risk high: People who have metastatic disease to their bones are at increased risk of what we call skeletal related events (sre) or pathologic fractures after minor injury/fall. They are also at increase risk of high blood calcium levels. There are 2 medications that are fda approved in these settings: zometa and xgeva (denosumab). Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What exactly happens in the brain when you have a migraine?

What exactly happens in the brain when you have a migraine?

Migraine: No one knows exactly, and there are several theories. Fortunately there is good treatment for you even though the exact cause is not known. ...Read more

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What happens in body when your kidney has a hole? I mean is it possible swelling whole body in child?

What happens in body when your kidney has a hole? I mean is it possible swelling whole body in child?

Kidney function: If a person's kidney is not functioning properly, one of the symptoms that can occur is generalized edema (or swelling) due to improper water balance regulation through a number of different of mechanisms (too complicated to discuss in this forum). I am not sure what you mean by the kidney having a hole (cysts?). There are simple blood tests to determine normal kidney function that can be done. ...Read more

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What happens to the formaldehyde in vaccines when its injected into your body? What does the body do with it?

Formaldehyde/vaccine: First, not all vaccines contain formaldehyde. The ones that do have very tiny amounts that the body is able to metabolize. Possibly to your surprise, formaldehyde is essential in human metabolism an is required for the synthesis of DNA ad some amino acids. Thus, all humans have detectable quantities of natural formaldehyde in their circulation. Remainder excreted by body as waste product. ...Read more

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What happens to a person that's close to the end when they have pancreatic cancer?

What happens to a person that's close to the end when they have pancreatic cancer?

Depend on the person: Some people are ready and more acceptable to the fact that death is actually another cycle of life- so is birth. They would feel more comfortable and peaceful with their last journey. They would get prepared and finish whatever they would like to finish. It does not mean they give up. Some other people are still on denial and refuse to accept the fact. They feel sad, anger, depressed. So it depends. ...Read more

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What is happening in your body when you have a hangover?

What is happening in your body when you have a hangover?

Hangover: In the morning after a night of heavy alcohol consumption, the after-effects on your body are; sugar levels drop, there is acetaldehyde intoxication, dehydration, and your liver cannot get rid of toxins, all of which attribute to hangover effects. ...Read more

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What happens in the body when you laugh honestly ?

You feel better: When you give out your real emotion, you feel much better after. Keeping emotions in makes you feel unsatisfied. So, my friend, give it all out. There is a saying, laugh to your heart's content. Do it every now and then. ...Read more

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What happens to the sugar in your body when you're hypoglycemic, where does it go?

What happens to the sugar in your body when you're hypoglycemic, where does it go?

Hypoglycemia: Hello. when our body is resting we convert sugar to fat. But when we dont eat normally body tries to convert fat to sugar to help with brain as brain uses glucose. Sometimes when body is in stress, we end up utilizing more sugar than body can make especially when fasting and thats when sugars drop. ...Read more

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What happens to the brain when you speak in tongues?

What happens to the brain when you speak in tongues?

Get Into Research: There has been some research into what happens to the brain during mystical experiences. The modalities of study can include functional mri, pet, evoked potentials, & quantitative eeg just to name a few. The web-page, clinicaltrials.Gov contains all of the current research protocols. You may find a trial to participate in. ...Read more

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What happens to the body when someone has sars?

What happens to the body when someone has sars?

Breathing issues: This is a severe respiratory condition which can lead to respiratory failure and severe lung condition usually caused by a viral organism. ...Read more

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What effect does it have on the body when we eat late in the evening.?

Gain weight: Moving around can help digestion, so eating late at night can slow digestion. Also, these often are empty calories from snacking so it might lead to weight gain. ...Read more

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What happens if you get punched in the kidneys?

What happens if you get punched in the kidneys?

How hard?: If really hard you could get hematuria, renal fracture/ laceration. Depending on where you were hit in the back it might also fracture ribs or lacerate the spleen. ...Read more

Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more