Top
10
Doctor insights on: Woman Fired After Shaving Head For Cancer Charity

Share
1

1
Chances of 21yr old female having brain tumor? No cancer hist. Sympt. Headaches all around head. Already had non contrast CT done, was norm.

Chances of 21yr old female having brain tumor? No cancer hist. Sympt. Headaches all around head. Already had non contrast CT done, was norm.

I recommend MRI: Ct head scan without contrast is not the perfect test to totally rule out unusual causes of headache. I would recommend seeing a neurologist and have good evaluation. If any question, you should have MRI of brain without contrast. Radiologist can then add contrast study as needed. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Barry Rosen
4,222 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
I'm 30 year old female I wheeze lots at night and I chest pain like a shock and rib pain I get neck pain right before my skull could it be lung cancer?

I'm 30 year old female I wheeze lots at night and I chest pain like a shock and rib pain I get neck pain right before my skull could it be lung cancer?

Unlikely: Do you have asthma? Are you over-weight? It would be prudent to consult a doctor as your symptoms warrant a more detailed history, physical examination and may be some tests. If you are over-weight, try losing some weight. (easier said than done). ...Read more

3

3
What are some alternatives for shaving your head for cancer?

What are some alternatives for shaving your head for cancer?

Cut it short: I usually advise against shaving the head because it causes nicks and cuts which can become infected. Also, patients develop folliculitis because of the irritation. Cut it short to make it easier to accept emotionally and make your bed and sink easier to clean. ...Read more

4

4
What are the symptoms of head cancer?

What are the symptoms of head cancer?

Headache/ nausea: Head cancer i assume you mean brain cancer. Headache, nausea, vomiting, seizures, stroke like sumptoms may be some of the typical presenting signs. Some may have speech, memory, or movement / motor function problems. ...Read more

5

5
How do I know if I have cancer on my head?

How do I know if I have cancer on my head?

On or in?: If you are concerned about cancer "on" your head, you will feel a mass or lump. If the concern is about cancer "in" your head, that is a difficult issue. Brain tumors may present with convulsions, paralysis, vision or hearing issues, mental changes etc. ...Read more

6

6
Why do people with cancer shave their heads?

Why do people with cancer shave their heads?

Chemotherapy: Some cancer therapy regimens cause hair loss. The patients can become completely bald, or their hair can be so patchy that shaving their heads completely gives a more consistent look. The hair usually comes back after therapy is completed. I hope this answer helps. ...Read more

7

7
Could a knot on the back lower part of my head be cancer?

Could a knot on the back lower part of my head be cancer?

Need to see it: Common cysts of the scalp are easily felt as freely-movable, smooth-surfaced masses and may be kept or excised as seems best to you, with your physician's approval. An old bump can leave a harmless fibrous scar where the bruise was. A cancer here is uncommon, but a new mass or ulcer that is growing anywhere is worrisome. ...Read more

8

8
Why do I read symptoms of scary diseases/cancers and then can "create" the notion that I have them in my head? It's like i can't control it.

Why do I read symptoms of scary diseases/cancers and then can "create" the notion that I have them in my head? It's like i can't control it.

Stop reading scary..: Stop reading scary stuff, and the world may be just fine. One great thing about the internet is that anyone can publish anything. One really bad thing about the internet is that anyone can publish anything. We can choose to live our lives as optimists, or we can look for all the scary articles and "live" our lives in fear. A doctor usually tells his patient when it is time to start worrying. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
9

9
What causes head and neck cancers?

What causes head and neck cancers?

Many Causes: Tobacco smoking and chewing is the largest cause of head/neck cancers. A significant number are caused by viruses (epstein barr virus, human pailoma virus); alcohol and less commonly hereitary factors also play a role. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
Are head and neck cancers always terminal?

Head and neck cancer: Head and neck cancers span a wide range of sites and cancer types with several causes. Depending on the site and type of cancer, many people are cured or do quite well. Several details about the cancer will substratify it into one with a more or less favorable prognosis if you know more specifically what type of cancer and its location. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer