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What types of conditions should make me worried about asbestos exposure?

What types of conditions should make me worried about asbestos exposure?

Varies: Asbestos is generally found in older buildings in heating systems and vents, ceiling tiles and "popcorn" ceilings, and some types of flooring. Exposure is only a concern when these areas are being removed or demolished. This must be done only by individuals certified to remove these materials. ...Read more

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Asbestos (Definition)

Asbestos is a silicate mineral that was used extensively in construction as insulation for buildings. It was later found to cause lung disease in humans, and is no longer used in construction. However, the demolition of old building continues to put some people at risk of ...Read more


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Should i be worried about cjd? I'm always paranoid about these types of diseases. How rare is it and what races are affected?

Should i be worried about cjd? I'm always paranoid about these types of diseases. How rare is it and what races are affected?

Random: True cjd strikes at random at about an incidence of 1 per million folks per year. There is a hereditary form and this is far less common. You've recently become an adult and perhaps the real question -- as i think you recognize -- is how do you live a rich, fulfilling, and useful life in a world in which death is certain & some risks unavoidable? You must find your own answer -- talk with others. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor would someone see if they are concerned about lung cancer from smoking?

What kind of doctor would someone see if they are concerned about lung cancer from smoking?

Teams of doctors.: A primary care doctor can help make the initial diagnosis based on clinical symptoms and refer to a specialist at that point. A medical oncologist can also diagnose lung cancer based on imaging, and biomarker studies. A thoracic surgeon or surgical oncologist can diagnose lung cancer in doing a lung biopsy or lung resection depending on the type and size of the tumor(s). ...Read more

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I worry about lots of things. Newest thing I worry about is hpv because possibly cancerous without symptoms. Advice? Strengthen immune sys to beat it?

I worry about lots of things. Newest thing I worry about is hpv because possibly cancerous without symptoms. Advice? Strengthen immune sys to beat it?

HPV vaccine: Condoms, condoms, and condoms are vital to HPV prevention. In addition, young men should strongly consider the HPV vaccine (I prefer gardisil). ...Read more

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What about prostate cancer treatment? What kinds of issues should I think about when choosing a treatment?

What about prostate cancer treatment? What kinds of issues should I think about when choosing a treatment?

Several factors: There are a number of factors that one should consider in the treatment of prostate cancer. The first is whether or nor the cancer needs treatment as many are slow growing. So, you need to consider the psa level, gleason score, and stage of the cancer. You also need to consider your age, personal health, personal wishes, and the potential side effects of each treatment. ...Read more

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Can anybody please explain to me why colon cancer so rare at 22? Even if I seen bright blood on stool? More than one doctor please chime in and help me understand what percentage of cases of colon cancer are there by age group

Can anybody please explain to me why colon cancer so rare at 22? Even if I seen bright blood on stool? More than one doctor please chime in and help me understand what percentage of cases of colon cancer are there by age group

Here is the data: From 2005-2009, the median age at diagnosis for cancer of the colon and rectum was 69 years of age3. Approximately 0.1% were diagnosed under age 20; 1.1% between 20 and 34; 4.0% between 35 and 44; 13.4% between 45 and 54; 20.4% between 55 and 64; 24.0% between 65 and 74; 25.0% between 75 and 84; and 12.0% 85+ years of age. See your doctor cancer is not the only cause of rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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What are the long-term effects if my baby had meconium aspiration syndrome? Should I be worried about any particular disease or brain damage?

What are the long-term effects if my baby had meconium aspiration syndrome?  Should I be worried about any particular disease or brain damage?

Two primary issues: Mas outcomes can be divided into 2 main issues:lung & development.Since meconium passage itself comes from prenatal stress, which is a risk factor for movement disorders (CP) & learning problems.The intensity of the lung disease/ventilation/ecmo need points to further problems with oxygen supply to the brain & can amplify those issues. The lung disease could be minimal & brief or bad & long term. ...Read more

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What are the risks/ concerns for having lupus and leukemia both?

What are the risks/ concerns for having lupus and leukemia both?

Both are: Serious conditions and the treatment of one will be impacted by the other. Do you know specifics about the leukemia? Acute or chronic. Myeloid or lymphoid? ...Read more

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What to do if I have problem with my skin, but it isn't cancer, are there different types of skin cancer?

What to do if I have problem with my skin, but it isn't cancer, are there different types of skin cancer?

Yes: The three main types of skin cancer are squamous cell, basal cell, and melanoma. Treatment options overlap but aren't the same for each type and stage of cancer. As you said, there are also a number of skin conditions that aren't cancer. ...Read more

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What to do about nausea, tiredness. Could anyone tell me if these are diffinite signs of cancer?

What to do about nausea, tiredness. Could anyone tell me if these are diffinite signs of cancer?

NO: These are not definite signs of anything but associated with a number of illness. See a doctor to find out what is going on with you. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the age range for getting lung cancer?

From cancer.org:: Lung cancer mainly occurs in older people. About 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older; fewer than 2% of all cases are found in people younger than 45. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 70. ...Read more

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I am very paranoid about developing cancer, and keep finding new reasons to worry. Please tell me what I can do to relax (aside from stay off the web)?

I am very paranoid about developing cancer, and keep finding new reasons to worry. Please tell me what I can do to relax (aside from stay off the web)?

Cancer phobia is: on expression of health phobia, fear of illness. It is at root an anxiety disorder. Please see a clinical psychologist for anxiety management training. A book called "Hope and Help for your Nerves" by Claire Weekes is and old but good resource as is www.relaxationresponse.org Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are some important facts/details I should know about vasculitis?

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What are some important facts/details I should know about vasculitis?

See a rheumatologist: So vasculitis is a basket term for numerous conditions that cause inflammatory damage to vessels. Vasculitis itself is not a diagnosis, but just a finding that is seen in tissue via microscopy. The type of vasculitis is critical for how they are treated; each one of them may be treated differently. In general though, the immune system is triggered to initiate vessel damage. ...Read more

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How about the side effects of the TB cat i drugs? Are they remote? I'm just worried about liver damage and stuff. Thanks

How about the side effects of the TB cat i drugs? Are they remote? I'm just worried about liver damage and stuff. Thanks

Depends: Each drug has a different profile. Inh or isoniazide can occasionally cause liver problems, but these aren't severe and won't cause damage if you are followed closely and the drugs are stopped if any sign of liver irritation develops. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why it'sthat breast cancer is always being recognized but not the other types of cancers?

Can you please tell me why it'sthat breast cancer is always being recognized but not the other types of cancers?

Many reasons : It is a common cancer, it has an effective screening, can be treated successfully when detected early, and affects patients in a very visible way so it's not surprising it generates so much buzz. There are other social and political reasons as well. In a way, it may feel unfair to those suffering of other cancers so we need to be advocates for all patients with cancer regardless of the type. ...Read more

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Can GERD cause throat cancer? What are my chances of getting it. So worried, please help.

Can GERD cause throat cancer? What are my chances of getting it. So worried, please help.

Anxiety disorder: No not really. You are not even on meds for GERD. What is more worrisome is an 18 yo otherwise healthy male consumed with throat cancer. I believe you may have an anxiety disorder and would recommend talking to your doctor or seeking a qualified mental health provider. ...Read more

Asbestos Exposure (Definition)

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