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Full body CT scan revealed 2 lymph nodes in neck, 2 in groin & pelvic area. All benign. This is my 3rd CT scan. What is my risk of future Cancer?

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Dr. David Dinhofer
Radiology
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In brief: Not much different

Check these links: http://www.
xrayrisk.com/calculator/calculator.php http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/CT The first is a risk calculator. I got an increase of 0.7% over the baseline for your entire life with a baseline 44.9%. This represents a very small increase. This is based unsubstantiated data. It is not verified. So is the adjacent chart.

In brief: Not much different

Check these links: http://www.
xrayrisk.com/calculator/calculator.php http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/CT The first is a risk calculator. I got an increase of 0.7% over the baseline for your entire life with a baseline 44.9%. This represents a very small increase. This is based unsubstantiated data. It is not verified. So is the adjacent chart.
Dr. David Dinhofer
Dr. David Dinhofer
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Stop worrying, Matt

Everybody has lymph nodes.
A CT scan nowadays delivers a dose of radiation about equivalent to living for three months in Denver as opposed to Topeka. Nobody can measure the increased cancer risk because it's so low. Estimates on doctor-bashing websites use unjustified assumptions. You're 19. These unrealistic health fears probably derive from your anxiety disorder. We can help you with this.

In brief: Stop worrying, Matt

Everybody has lymph nodes.
A CT scan nowadays delivers a dose of radiation about equivalent to living for three months in Denver as opposed to Topeka. Nobody can measure the increased cancer risk because it's so low. Estimates on doctor-bashing websites use unjustified assumptions. You're 19. These unrealistic health fears probably derive from your anxiety disorder. We can help you with this.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Clarene Cress
Why did you get the full body CT scan? What was your doctor looking for? If this was a medical follow up of previous disease, then the results of the scan for current assessment are more important than the long term risks.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Cress is of course correct. If the CT scans were appropriate, it was well worth the risk. You owe it to yourself, your physician, and those around to stop troubling yourself reading "scare" disinformation websites. Do you think the research piranhas at the NIH refuse to get CT scans when they need them? Be thankful for good health and sto worrying.
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