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Doctor insights on: When You Have Cancer Why Do You Get Lots Of Mucas From Your Nose

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When you have cancer why do you get lots of mucas from your nose?

When you have cancer why do you get lots of mucas from your nose?

Not sure!: I'm not sure what kind of cancer you mean. Having lots of mucous from your nose isn't a sign of most cancers. Some cancer treatments, like chemotherapy, can cause your nose to run. That's because the chemo harms the little hairs in your nose that normally keep mucous from dripping out. If you can give more specifics in another question, maybe i can help you more! ...Read more

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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Last 2 months I have been getting lots of nose bleeds. I use cpap with humidifier and run a personal humidifier. Is there a concern 4 cancer or othe?

Last 2 months I have been getting lots of nose bleeds.  I use cpap with humidifier and run a personal humidifier.  Is there a concern 4 cancer or othe?

Not likely: CPAP often causes nosebleeds because of dry air, and trauma from the high pressures used by the machine to keep your airway open. This is common and usually easily dealt with. Cancer is not a likely cause. ...Read more

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Nose slowly rots away if you get a skin cancer there?

Nose slowly rots away if you get a skin cancer there?

Yes: The skin cancer will spread and be locally destructive which can result in complete loss of the nose. It can then spread to affect the rest of the face and can even spread in the nerves to the brain. Some types of skin cancer can metastasize into the bloodstream or lymphatics and then spread to the rest of the body which can be fatal. ...Read more

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Do people usually get nose cancer from exhaling cigarette smoke out of your nose?

Do people usually get nose cancer from exhaling cigarette smoke out of your nose?

No: Most nasal cancers are not related to cigarette smoking. Woodworking and other chemical exposures are more common causes. You still should not smoke! ...Read more

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Is it possible to get swollen lymph node on face below nose? Does it mean I have cancer?

Is it possible to get swollen lymph node on face below nose? Does it mean I have cancer?

Lymph nodes: If this is of recent onset it is probably due to inflammation in the area and not to cancer. Cancerous nodes are usually quite hard (stony) to the touch, fixed to the skin or underlying tissues and have been there a while and are getting gradually larger. At your age this could be due to anything on your face, mouth, etc. The chances that this is cancer are the last thing doctors would suspect. ...Read more

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I get blood in nose from blowing. Is this a sign of nasal cancer?

I get blood in nose from blowing. Is this a sign of nasal cancer?

Unlikely: Most cases of bloody nose (epistaxis) are not from cancer. There are many reasons and the most common are nose picking or other trauma including nose sprays, dry air, bleeding disorders, medications like aspirin, infections (common cold or sinus). Other cause may be high blood pressure, low platelet count, pregnancy, cancer (leukemia) and more. If nose bleeds are severe or recurrent, see ENT doc. ...Read more

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Can you get skin cancer from a first degree sunburn when you have only had a few mild ones in the past? 18 yrs/ few freckles on nose&face/pale

Can you get skin cancer from a first degree sunburn when you have only had a few mild ones in the past? 

18 yrs/ few freckles on nose&face/pale

Cancer risks: Cancer comes from changes to the DNA- mutations, that can be caused by many things. Cancer begins only when enough changes have accrued to make cells that grow independently. But one can not tell right off if they have occurred. The more exposure the more risk, but single exposure does not mean zero risk, just lower. Take luck out of it and avoid risks. ...Read more

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What is a mast cell in the nose. I have to get sinus surgery soon & Doctor says have to open them up & have mast cell on right side. Is that cancer?

What is a mast cell in the nose. I have to get sinus surgery soon & Doctor says have to open them up & have mast cell on right side. Is that cancer?

Never heard of: Mast cells are present in many tissues and are the major source of mediators released in an allergic reactions. Thus it is not an unexpected finding especially in people with allergic rhinitis. I do not understand how the surgery is trying to accomplish. If your primary problem is allergic, see an allergist -surgery is intended for anatomical issues. ...Read more

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If someone has hpv & touch genitals & may not have washed hands immediately and touched their inside of nose or eye highly likely to get cancer there?

If someone has hpv & touch genitals & may not have washed hands immediately and touched their inside of nose or eye highly likely to get cancer there?

No: could happen but very low likelyhood, need usually type 16 and 18 for cancer, 6 or 11 for warts but washing hands after touching anything , even with alcohol gel is good prevention or better yet avoid this . ...Read more

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I have a small lump in my nostril, very near the opening, on the actual nostril and not septum. It gets painful if i touch it a lot. I am worried it is cancer.

I have a small lump in my nostril, very near the opening, on the actual nostril and not septum. It gets painful if i touch it a lot. I am worried it is cancer.

Folliculitis: This is usually from an infection of a hair follicle inside the nostril. Keep your fingers out of your nose. Use a water based gel to keep your nose moist and if it doesn't improve you may need an antibiotic. Staph bacteria in particular like to reside there. ...Read more

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Had a lot of head CTs (7-8) & CTAs (2) due to TIA / stroke symptoms over the years and injuries associated to illness. Scared of brain cancer.

Had a lot of head CTs  (7-8) & CTAs (2)   due to TIA / stroke symptoms over the years and injuries associated to illness. Scared of brain cancer.

Induced Ca unlikely: I worry more about history of "TIA/stroke" and "injury" in a 38 yo. Radiation risk for the listed studies is well under 1 in 500 or so and "brain cancer" is even less likely. MRI is a great test for the brain and vessels as there is no ionizing radiation, BUT you must be able to have the test. For example no metal shavings in your eye from an injury and no unstable implanted ferrous metal. ...Read more

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In the last year had lots of mri, cat scan, xray ultrasounds of my chest & stomach & my head & knee how much of a risk do I have from getting cancer?

In the last year  had lots of mri, cat scan, xray ultrasounds of my chest & stomach & my head & knee  how much of a risk do I have from getting cancer?

Minimal: First, MRI and ultrasound do not increase risk of cancer. These do not involve exposure to any radiation. CT imaging and to a lesser extent plain x-rays carry a very small risk, which might become significant to an individual if tests are repeated frequently over many years. It is estimated that a single CT of the abdomen might increase cancer risk by 0.05%. ...Read more

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Sign of cancer or std? Sudden appearance of a bald spot. Suddenly I have bald spot on the side of my head. It's about the size of a dollar coin. I'm a 24 year old girl with a lot of hair and this was just noticed.

Sign of cancer or std? Sudden appearance of a bald spot. Suddenly I have bald spot on the side of my head. It's about the size of a dollar coin. I'm a 24 year old girl with a lot of hair and this was just noticed.

Hello. : Hello. This may be alopecia areata. It is a spot where hair is lost. If that is the cause, it isn't due to cancer or a sexually transmitted disease. It usually resolves on it's own. If you are worried you could always see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Do people ever get skin cancer on the head that goes away?

Do people ever get skin cancer on the head that goes away?

Skin cancer : A skin cancer typically does not go away on its own. Certain melanomas demonstrate regression (a white scar area where the typically darker melanoma was). See a dermatologist for any suspicious spots or growths. ...Read more

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I have it in my head i'm gunna get cervical cancer. If i start using condoms everytime will this reduce my risk?

I have it in my head i'm gunna get cervical cancer. If i start using condoms everytime will this reduce my risk?

Yes: Using condoms can help reduce the transmission of certain hpv viruses that can lead to cervical cancer. The risk of cervical cancer has dropped tremendously with the use of the pap smear. So, as long as you are safe and get regular pap smears, then your risk is pretty low. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more