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 To much use of mobile phone is the cause of Brain Cancer?

 Is it possible that our bodies would be immune to cancer in several decades from now?
Please don't answer in a harsh way when you see my question. It's just that I am mad b/c this is unfair regarding health. And I am not trying to be ignorant. I just want answers.

 Psychics - Will my husband get lung cancer again?

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Not himself at the moment. But cannot pinpoint exact symptoms....

 What does the yellow & purple?
also what color ribbon is for cancer survivors? and what color ribbon is for thos who died from cancer?
a web link is just fine too.

 What are the chances of getting lung cancer after 30 years of being smoke free?
My father is 80 and has not smoked for 30 years. He was just diagnosed with Small Cell lung cancer and will be undergoing an aggressive chemo/radiation therapy. Can an individual get lung cancer ...

 My grandma has breast cancer and has spread faster.?
She has been losing a lot of weight. It spread into the liver as well. She is very weak. And had to go to the hospital yesterday due to be dehyrdated. She sleeps a lot. Will she survive? Or is being ...

 Is Renal Cell Carcinoma ever cured, or does it come back?

 Has anyone on here been faced with making the decision of donating organs of a family member?
have you ever had to stand by your loved ones hosptial bed and make that decision to donate their organs...if so did u or did u not?...

 What are the common rates of survival of breast cancer and bone cancer in a 50 year old woman with 4 kids?
Also, are these hereditary?...

 Glioblastoma Multiforme, any new treatment?
My father has been diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme ..a cancerous brain tumor. on the deep left temporal lobe with surrounding mild edema. Treatment by his doctor was Temodal-based ...

 I need Help NOW!!!!!!!?
My mom, Dad, Grandma and almost all of my aunts and uncles smoke..... My Grandpa DIED of cancer from smoking. I dont want them 2 end up like him. Any advice??...

 How can you get over you friend dying?

 Why is the oparation area difficult to heal for cancer patient?
It has been three month after the operation, but until now the wound is not yet heal. The patient is having breast cancer third stage....

 Hi,i'm goin under chemo now,wat kind of supplyment can help my body to recover? thanks?
i am currently under going a bi-weekly chemo and i feel my body is getting weaking every session.Are there any supplyment that can help my body to recover?

 Anyone know how the worse stge of melenoma looks, or knows signs that maybe has spread?

 If a person has cancer in the lymph nodes how long can they live?

 Has anyone encountered swollen lymph nodes under arm?
If it is not a swollen lymph node what the heck is it. I have been getting them for about the past 2 months and I don't know what is causing it. I used to have really bad sweating problems so I...

 Examination of the bladder - cystoscopy?
im due to have an cystoscopy done to look into my bladder. this is a very painful procedure which is done with no anaesthetic but they do insert anaesthetic into the uretha which isnt enough. im ...

 Quit smoking at 37?
I have quit smoking at the age of 37. I started 21 years ago. Is it to late or my lungs? I heard it takes 10 years for your lungs to be healthy again....

 What is the meaning of above normal white blood cells?

Chris L
How long could someone have cancer and not even know it?
Years? Monthes?..... and..... how would someone eventually find out. if they never had symptims.. would they just die?

When you catch a cancerous tumor the size of a pea, that is early detection. But that means that it has been growing for 10 years! See site below for more on this.


Dr. Arun
It always depend on the type of carcinoma. A person can live with leucoplekia for 30 yrs or more. Symptom of cancer is not very remarkable unless it has reached very advanced stage.

There are over 200 different types of cancer and sub types of cancer. There are also different types of tumors within those groups . . tumors can be classified as low, medium, or high grade depending on how deformed they look under a microscope. Tumors can also be described as being slow growing which may take years to detect . . to extremely aggressive and can grow and double within weeks.

My son has an aggressive, high grade, and very rare sarcoma. It predominately strikes boys and young adults and presents as multiple masses within the abdominal cavity. His type of tumor is known to grow and double within 28 days. However, he was completely asymptomatic until the tumors had spred and created a condition called ascites (fluid built up in abdomen). He is still pretty much asymptomatic, which is fortunate for him. He is still fighting the disease after 22 months, but has made tremendous strides from where he started. We remain hopeful.

As for you question, my son never had symptoms of cancer but he did develop a secondary condition called hypothyroidism and his doctor thought something else was going on besides the Thyroid problem(due to the ascites). So, often the cancer is asymptomatic, but another condition may send the patient to a doctor or the ER and they'll be diagnosed from there. (Often sports injuries will seem to occur and during the routine examine the cancer will be found, leading some to believe that the injury caused the cancer.)

The Doc
Well, depending on the type of cancer, where it is, and how agressive it is, sometimes for quite a long time. And sometimes they way you find out that you have cancer if it's very slow-growing and asymptomatic is on autopsy after a death from some other cause (one reason why we tend not to treat very elderly men agressively for prostate cancer, because it's very unlikely to become a problem for them during their lifetime). Just because you have cancer doesn't mean that it's going to kill you, there are lots of other variables to consider, and sometimes even if we do find something it's not worth it to treat because the treatment will cause more harm than the cancer itself.
Bottom line, any cancer that's going to cause a problem will become asymptomatic at some point (when is very variable) and if someone has a very slow-growing, non-agressive form of cancer, it may never become a problem at all.

My Ovarain cancer hid itself well until I was stage 3.... cancer is like a devil..........

ronald c
I probably had prostate cancer for at least three years not being detected with no symptoms. But its no excuse for regular check ups I am now cancer free for six years I was a lucky individual. So if you have any doubts see your doctor.

I think you can have it for years without knowing. Toward the end, I think they would eventually be diagnosed. They would probably go to the doctor with a complaint of some sort: not feeling right, coughing, blood in urine or stool, etc.

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