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The disease caused by an uncontrolled division of abnormal cells in a part of the body or when describing a malignant growth or tumor resulting from the division of abnormal cells.

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Is there any health risk in cellular phones?

Cellular phones are taking ever increasing part in our lives, and I keep hearing people saying they are harmful to our health. Are there any scientific researches so far proving or disproving those ...
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Does being underweight have an influence on cancer risk?

This occurred to me reading Lifetime cancer risks for for people with healthy lifestyles? When talking about cancer in regards to body weight, it's usually about obesity. But does being underweight (...
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Does the usage of sunscreen cause skin cancer?

I have heard that usage of sunscreen products causes skin cancer. Is this true, and if so, what are the ingredients in it that are reason for such a medical condition. Are there any safe products or ...
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What are the health benefits and risks of ingesting Aloe vera?

Aloe vera seems to be everywhere these days, especially in skin products. However you can also buy Aloe vera gel intended for human consumption and food items that contain Aloe vera. A study by ...
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Is moderate alcohol consumption beneficial for maximizing life expectancy?

I have heard that moderate alcohol consumption may prevent cardiovascular disease, but I have also heard that even moderate alcohol consumption can increase the risk of cancer (particularly breast ...
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Safety of using a luggage with the prop. 65 warning

I recently bought a luggage set from Nautica and it came with a "California 65 warning: This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other ...
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Why tell cancer patients not to seek information on the internet?

A friend, recently diagnosed with cancer, was told by the hospital not to look for information on the internet. Other people I know I have been told the same. If the ample information had been given, ...
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Is a hyperventilation+hypoventilation breathing exercise (Wim Hof Method) more likely to prevent or promote cancer?

Apart from exposure to cold, the core element of the Wim Hof Method is a breathing technique, which alternates between hyperventilation and hypoventilation (apparently similar to Tummo meditation). It ...
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Lifetime cancer risk for people with healthy lifestyle

According to this, lifetime cancer risk for males is about 43% and females 38%. There are many factors that increase cancer risk, like: smoking drinking alcohol obesity lack of physical activity ...
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"Narrow" Pure Androgen-secreting Adrenocortical Adenoma

I was looking for a case report or example to match something I've come across that I thought highly unlikely to the point of being untrue. That is a adrenocortical adenoma (AA) was functional but ...
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Why is there is no screening for Ovarian Cancer?

From what I have read it is not considered effective to screen for ovarian cancer in non-symptomatic women. Would it not be worth doing an ultra-sound scan, then if there are growths found, do a ROMA ...
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Is hydrogen peroxide therapy (drinking it) safe?

I've found some sites which claim that drinking hydrogen peroxide is "very" healthy for detoxification of the body. But these sites lack credible references. As far as I remember from secondary ...
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How to detect cancer in general?

Can a common blood test spot cancer in general? Or is it necessary to take some specific tests for each kind of cancer?
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Is hemp oil the same as CBD oil?

Hemp oil https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp_oil CBD oil It looks like CBD oil is made of hemp. Are they any major differences between hemp oil and CBD oil or are they pretty much the same?
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Why does following a fiber-rich diet help reduce the odds of getting cancer?

Following a fiber-rich diet seems to help reduce the odds of getting cancer, according to some scientific studies. Why would fibers help preventing cancers? WebMD indicates an indirect effect: fiber-...
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What does "prognostic significance" mean exactly?

I am trying to more fully understand a pathologist report and do not know what "Prognostic Significance" means. Example... Estrogen Receptor Result: 80% positive Prognostic Significance: Favorable ...
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Can someone explain these cancer names?

I am looking at the death certificate of a relative, and I do not understand these names. Colon Carcinoma due to or as a consequence of Abdominal Carcinomatosis due to or as a consequence of ...
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CT scans and cancer risk

I've had maybe 5 or 6 CT scans over the course of my life, and I'm only 27. What risk do those CTs present to someone like me?
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The Ethics of extra treatment

This is something that I have been considering for quite a while based on a fictional story I had read. An unconscious individual must undergo emergency surgery in order to stabilise them and prevent ...
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Does oral consumption of animal cancer cells increase your chance of getting cancer?

I came across of this question when I was cooking a beef dish the other day. If the beef I used for cooking came from a cow that had cancer, and even worse, if part of the beef I used in a dish ...
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What are the health risks associated with Monosodium Glutamate, if any?

I've heard that it can cause cancer, but are there any studies that support this claim?
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Are nitrites/nitrates in processed meat unhealthy?

A friend of mine has avoided eating any conventional processed meat products for almost a decade because he heard about a risk of cancer and/or prostate problems associated with consumption of ...
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Cancer development probability with age

What is the relation between age and cancer development probability? I have heard that cancer is rather rare at younger age groups. Assuming it increases with age, is there a peak after which the ...
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Bleomycin and Oxygen

Do patients exposed to bleomycin as a part of their chemotherapy regime have to avoid exposure to concentrated levels of oxygen for the rest of their life? If not, how long after treatment ceases ...
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What if you eat meat with cancer? [closed]

I saw a picture on Facebook about butcher's cutting out cancer when processing meat. If consumed, would it be dangerous to us? Can we get sick? I'm assuming the body's immune system would recognize ...
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Is Cow Milk unhealthy?

My Vegan friend tells me that dairy products and cow milk are actually unhealthy. He says that drinking milk increases the risk of getting cancer and that it actually impedes the bone's intake of ...
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Does a cancer survivor have a higher than average risk of future cancer?

With no recurrence five years after treatment, does a person have average risk of a future cancer ( considered in context of the persons demographics )? Would the risk be affected by the type of ...
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What are survival rates of male patients in stage IV throat cancer that has metastasised to the lower pallet?

The patient is receiving a combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The surgery to remove the cancerous throat tissue was not entirely successful as the surgeon discovered that the cancer had ...
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Is this study linking RFR and Cancer valid?

Came across this study on sciencedaily.com that was a review of the results from a hundred other RFR studies and they determined that there is a definitive link between radio frequency radiation and ...
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Health risk associated with living close to a power line: Cancer risk & exposure to electromagnetic field

Is there reason to be concerned about living in a home/apartment that is directly facing a power line? A google search (general and google scholar) seems to suggest that there is minimal risk but I ...
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Eating egg shells: advantages v.s. disadvantages?

I am an engineer and a scientist, but not in the field of medicine or health. Partial answers/comments are welcome. Some of my family members start eating egg shells for the sake of obtaining ...
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Is it possible to deliberately get cancer?

Is it possible to deliberately get cancer? Maybe injecting a malignant tumor? I'm asking this just out of curiosity.
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Is it possible to not have BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes?

I had DNA analysis from 23andMe, however in the results there was no information about the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Does that mean that I do not have these genes? Does every human have these genes, or ...
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Barrett's esophagus (BO) and proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs)

I have come across an interview with a European gastroenterologist (apparently from 2006) where he argues that in cases where a reflux disease does not cause typical symptoms even the presence of a ...
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Have candles been linked to cancer?

I was told by a family member that burning candles can cause cancer. Is this true? I did not think they do, but I decided to search around a bit. And I found a lot of mixed information. I have found ...
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How much are Acute Radiation Syndrome and cancer correlated?

According to Wikipedia, Acute Radiation Syndrom (ARS) results from damage to DNA "other key molecular structures within the cells" I'd like to know how relevant damage of the second kind is. Given ...
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Does intermittent fasting induce autophagic cell death?

https://www.cancertherapyadvisor.com/home/tools/fact-sheets/intermittent-fasting-and-cancer/ In vitro and in vivo animal studies suggest that PF inactivates pro-proliferative pathways, while ...
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Occasional medical tests and imageries

I ouce asked on Quora, why people do not do yearly blood tests and imaging, to prevent getting stage 4 cancers. The answers listed reasons not to do this: It would cost a lot of money (for the ...
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Does Nicotine cause Cancer?

It is believed by many that Nicotine causes cancer, and passively vaping may also cause cancer due to the nicotine content. My research into the idea whilst looking at questions such as Does '...
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Isn't "epithelial carcinoma" a tautological term? Are there non-epithelial carcinomas?

From "Bevacizumab combined with platinum–taxane chemotherapy as first-line treatment for advanced ovarian cancer: a prospective observational study of safety and efficacy in Japanese patients (...
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What study materials can a layperson use to gain a deeper understanding of lung cancer?

I am an outsider to the medical sciences, yet now in desperate need of knowledge to help a family member with lung cancer navigate the difficult medical system in our country. I would like to develop ...
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Does IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) lower the risk of cancer?

There has been an interesting study which says that smelling farts helps decrease the risk of cancer. Basically the study says: hydrogen sulfide — a.k.a. what your body produces as bacteria breaks ...
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How do I get screened for (ovarian) cancer?

My wife faces infertility issues, and per a report on NBC news (http://www.nbcnews.com/health/cancer/can-infertility-point-ovarian-cancer-risk-n447901) she potentially faces a higher cancer risk for ...
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The pill and breast cancer

There has been a study (or more than one) that suggest a link between taking oral contraceptives known as the pill and an increased risk of breast cancer. I have tried find to find the study but my ...
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How to detect colon cancer?

How can a person get to know that he/she is suffering from colon cancer? What are the symptoms, and how long does it take for them to appear?
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How hazardous is a cellular base station-antenna to our health?

A telephone company is installing a cell tower (cellular base station-antenna) 40 meters from my house (right in front of my house). The first thing I am concerning about is its effect to our health. ...
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Is opening the chest cavity still considered dangerous to the spread\growth of disease? [closed]

Talking to relatives, it sounds like it was once believed that opening the chest cavity generally caused the spread and growth of diseases such as cancer because of the introduced oxygen into the area....
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Meaning of "Chest wall, Sp, Ps" in a description of tumor recurrence locations

From a clinical trial report: I think that Ps stands for parasternal (nodes) but what could Sp mean? I haven't found a mention of "Sp" in the literature by googling for about 20 minutes. P.S. ...
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How is hereditary cancer risk estimated?

Consider the following example: Suppose X is a person whose mother Y died of cancer (breast) after undergoing treatment for 13 years. The doctors had said that Y could have lived 15 years but ...
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Can we develop milder drugs to eliminate hematopoietic stem cells?

Eliminating preexisting hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) is a necessary step before HSC transplant. Traditionally this "adjuvant" treatment is performed by means of high dose chemotherapy and ...
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