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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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Advanced lung cancer spreading areas

Lung cancer is one of the most frequent causes of cancer in the world (1). According to Cancer Research Uk (2), advanced stages of lung cancer can spread to other parts of the body. The most ...
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How to ingest vitamin C for patients after a gastric surgery?

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient and a powerful antioxidant. While many sorts of fresh fruit and vegetables are a great source of this vitamin, it is sensitive to heat and might decompose during ...
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What is the meaning of T2 Nx Mx in histopathological examination?

My dad's histopathological examination (HPE) of his rectal adenocarcinoma says T2 Nx Mx. Hence, it means that the lymph nodes were not assessed. However, as per my understanding, when the rectum/colon ...
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Help me understand these descriptions of coal tar

I have read the Wikipedia article on coal tar. I started reading the article thinking that the principal use of it was in construction, such as in roofs and sealed roads. I found out that it was first ...
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How carcinogenic are neoprene coated dumbbells?

I have read in many places online that neoprene coated dumbbells may cause cancer. Just how carcinogenic are they? Would normal use of said dumbbells (say less than one hour per day) be of any risk? ...
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Does the Warburg effect have any relevance to the effective treatment of cancer with diet?

There's a book by Thomas Seyfried, a professor of biology, that claims cancer is a metabolic disease and that it can be treated with diet, specifically a ketogenic diet as aberrant mitchondria are ...
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transdermal estrogen use sans progesterone & endometrial and breast cancer risk?

To what extent does transdermal estrogen use, without co-use of progesterone, increase endometrial and breast cancer risk? How does risk, if it exists correlate with years of use?
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Can Aluminium Chlorohydrate in anti prespirants cause breast cancer? [duplicate]

I read an online article about Aluminium being linked to breast cancer. So I did a little research and found some articles claiming there is no solid evidence. Sources- www.m.webmd.com/skin-problems-...
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When was brain cancer first discovered?

Does anyone know: In which year was the first brain tumor discovered?
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How serious is the risk of second hand smoke?

I am a non-smoker but enjoy going to a smoke filled casino near me for about 4 hours once a week. I take breaks to go outside for a few minutes throughout. How much risk (heart disease, lung cancer, ...
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Why can't Jane give blood?

I have a friend, lets call her Jane. Jane is not allowed to give blood, this is because she has a medical condition whereby she is prone to having polyps in her digestive system. As I understand this ...
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Morning nausea after Chemo

I am 22, and my mom is 59. So, my mom got diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2005, and took radiation and chemotherapy in late 2005/2006. Anyway, she's doing well now except for red-green color ...
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Why are airplane pilots more likely to have skin cancer?

I read on http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/travel/faq-frequent-airline-questions.html?mcubz=1: “Pilots do have a higher incidence of skin cancer,” said Dr. James M. Spencer, a member of the board ...
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Any evidence that "burning off tastebuds" increases oral cancer risk?

I know some spice can be helpful: Is eating spicy hot (pungent) food (hot chilli & peppers etc.) healthy or harmful? That said, many people seem wear it as a badge of honor that they can eat very ...
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Why does metastatic bone cancer present as back pain that is "worse at night"?

One "classic" presentation of metastatic bone cancer is back pain that "tends to be worse at night and may get better with movement" - American Cancer Society. Googling "back pain worse at night from ...
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Is an annual stomach x-ray (barium meal) an acceptable radiation risk for a resident of Japan?

I live in Japan. Here, it is common for an annual health checkup to include a barium meal stomach x-ray, especially for people over 35, but sometimes younger. A gastroenterologist told me that this ...
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What is the purpose of the "observation cohort" in a clinical trial?

Quote from a clinical trial report (JGOG3022 trial): Patients who were scheduled to receive bevacizumab concomitantly with platinum-based combination chemotherapy after PDS or IDS were included in ...
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Does relighting a cigarette have a harsher effect on your health?

From the Cancer Institute of New Jersey: According to Michael Steinberg, MD, MPH, FACP, a member of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and director of the Tobacco Dependence Program, who is the ...
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Just learned the previous two owners of the house I bought died of cancer, should I be worried?

I recently have purchased a home that was built in the late 80s. To my knowledge it has had two owners who have each lived there around 12-15 years each. While talking to the neighbors after moving in,...
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Is eating refregerated home cooked food daily bad for health?

I cook food on Sunday in bulk quantity, enough to last me lunch and dinner till Wednesday (sometimes Thursday if I had to skip for outside food in between). I separate everyday meals in rubber maid ...
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Why cancer is almost twice as likely in more developed countries compared with less developed countries?

I have looked at the statistics for cancer and it shows that cancer is 1.8 times higher in more developed countries compared with less developed countries - which to me is counter-intuitive (air ...
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What does the drug manufacturer mean by "stopping blood vessels growing in the cancer"?

From the leaflet of a drug called Revlimid(R) (active ingredient: lenalidomide): How Revlimid works Revlimid works by affecting the body’s immune system and directly attacking the cancer. It works in ...
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Do Tamoxifen and other similar SERMs reduce chest fat chronically or permanently?

I am sorry if it mistaken (please comment or suggest an edit to fix) but by chronically I mean as long as the molecule is administered and effective and by permanently I mean after the molecule was ...
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Can chronic prostatitis be a risk factor of prostate cancer for patients?

I have learned from the internet that chronic prostatitis can last for a long time without cure, can this disease arise prostate cancer to patients?
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Bleomycin and Cannabis

To my understanding, bleomycin has a considerably detrimental effect on the lungs of a patient taking it as a part of their chemotherapy regime. However, my question is, if a patient smokes cannabis (...
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Why is the Virchow node involved in Gastric Adeonocarcinoma?

The lymph node drainage of the stomach is via the pyloric and related lymph nodes. Either way, the supraclavicular node (Virchow's node) is not the first lymph node that drains the Stomach. According ...
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What is the current standpoint on cooking with olive oil?

Usually I make dishes by adding a tablespoon of olive oil to the meat or vegetables and just have them for some time on a teflon pan. I know that frying is done on high temperatures and results in ...
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How safe is low frequency radiation in I.T. edge cases? (5G, etc)

Closely Related: 5G Radiation Dangerous? Being inundated with all kinds of 5G health statements, (for & against), I noticed a weird trend - the absence of cumulative radiation studies. Question: ...
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Cancer Drugs that Interfere with Glucose Uptake

I have been reading about certain compounds that inhibit tumor development by means of interfering with GLUT1 transporters. (Eg: https://www.caymanchem.com/pdfs/19900.pdf) I was wondering if there ...
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Does soy milk help prevent cancer?

In this TED Talk the speaker describes the anti-angiogenic properties of soy extract for cancer prevention. I am lactose intolerant, so I was about to give soy milk a try anyway, but I'm wondering how ...
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What are the most common causes of death in the profession of computer programming?

Some cancers such as colorectal cancer are said to be associated with sitting too much. I spent most of the day sitting down. While I could remind myself to stand up more regularly, I was wondering ...
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Is eating all natural food and avoiding any kind of proccess food / fertilized (fruit/veg) helps cure cancer?

Good day, my mother was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer last year and have her right breast removed ( 1 month after discovery ), after the operation the doctor suggest her to undergo a ...
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Real dangers of CT Scan made only once at age of 31

I have zero medical knowledge (only the basic "common" ones) and I would like some opinions from you experts about CT Scan. My girlfriend had a CT scan done some days ago, and since then she's ...
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My fruit punch Gatorade has a new warning label saying that it is genetically engineered

I drink fruit punch Gatorade pretty often - once to three times a week, I'd say. Tonight, my bottle has a new warning label on it, written in boldface: Partially produced with genetic ...
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Can ear cancer occur?

I often hear cancers of skin, glands, eye and other organs. Is there an ear cancer?
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Accelerated tumor growth after stopping prednisolone?

I have a pet rat who was taking prednisolone for allergies. I've read that prednisolone can slow or inhibit tumor growth. When he was taken off of the medication, he grew a grape-sized tumor over the ...
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Why is sepsis more common with leukemia than with cancers involving physical tumors?

Does it have something to do with differences between leukemia versus other cancers, or differences between the treatments of leukemia versus other cancers? Quote from the source: People with cancers ...
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Understanding cancer

I am a lay person who wants a broad technical understanding of cancer including a survey of types, their etiologies, epidemiology, treatment modalities, prognoses, and current state of the art ...
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How is "histologically invasive diameter" assessed in live patients?

Quote: A total of 34 patients were registered between July 2009 and June 2012. The mean age was 53.5 years. The median follow-up time was 23.7 months (2-24 months). The age at the time of ...
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What ingredient or substance makes paan addictive?

Today in many Asian countries but especially in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh there is an excessive use of paan by men and women alike. Some people eat more then five paans a day. Despite the fact ...
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Risk related to dust/particles floating around when scrubbing macadam?

I was walking with my daughter of 17 months old today on the sidewalk and I had to go through a work site where the workers were removing old macadam (tarmac?) on the road. Since they were going slow,...
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Is biopsy still required for cancer diagnosis given that advanced medical imaging is now available?

For cancer diagnosis, there is biopsy, an invasive technique. However, PET CT, SPECT CT, MRI are non-invasive. Do oncologists still require the use of biopsy to ascertain type of cancer, i.e., to ...
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Is there a cancer treatment method that uses a poison and an antidote?

I am wondering if the following method (or similar variations) for treating cancer exists and if so if it works. The metod is to deliver an ”antidote” to all cells (or all cells of a specific type) ...
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If screening for a disease is not recommended, should someone with positive findings take further action?

Consider the following hypothetical case: Mary is a woman who has no ovarian cancer symptoms and is not known to have a high-risk cancer syndrome. She nevertheless gets a transvaginal ultrasound and ...
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How long does it take healthy/normal cells to turn into cancer?

Once cells (millions of them) start to change to cancerous cells. How long does it take for those cells to turn into cancerous cells? Example: cells start to turn today into cancer, when would these ...
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How long does it take for an illness from radiation to develop?

The Chernobyl nuclear accident happened in 1986 - 30 years ago. The consequences, as is very well known, were severe. I know people who lived just south of Chernobyl at the moment of the accident. ...
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Do these diagrams have an official name (treatment plan, treatment schedule, protocol)

I am doing research on treatment plans and protocols in order to design software to minimize error when indicating medicine, procedures, exams, etc. We also want to monitor treatment and somehow ...
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How often can cancer just be cut out?

I understand that if it is caught early enough, cancer can be fully removed never to see it come back again. Usually though, it has already spread too far and diffuse or it might be in a spot that ...
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Do turkey and chicken pastrami count as "processed meats" in terms of cancer risk (in light of the recent WHO publication)?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently concluded that processed meats (including salami, pastrami, and hamburgers) cause cancer. Instead, it is recommended to consume poultry, fish and beans ...
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Eating vegetables rich in nitrogen, with fish, increases cancer risk?

This question is motivated by this Skeptics SE answer which refers to this article synopsised as: Eating vegetables rich in nitrogen in the same meal with fish increases risks for liver cancer, finds ...