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 Can microwaves and cellphones give you cancer?
Can standing infront of a microwave while its cooking something give you cancer?
And what about heating up food that are in PLASTIC containers?

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 Do teens get cervical cancer.
and if they do how common is ...

 What exactly is a lympnoid?
My mother has been diagnosed with cancer in her lympnoid they removed one but just found that she has more i don't quite understand what a lympnoid is....

 Is it true that "Kicking a boy in the nuts" can cause testicular cancer?
I've always and I mean ALWAYS been afraid to kick my boyfriend or any boy for that matter in the nuts because of this little thing right here. I don't want to be the cause for anyones ...

 Can brain tumors kill?
i have a family member that has had serious and i mean serious headaches and stuff....she found out she had a tumor....can brain tumor kill you (or anyone with it)?...

 My mom has a brain Tumor please help me.?
I am a 13 year old kid.. I just found that my mom has a Brain tumor. She told me that she had it 2 years ago and she got it removed and that it came back... She told me to touch it and I did... I ...

 Does the sun always cause skin cancer??
Ok I'm really really confused! I have fair skin, but I've always heard that the sun is bad for you and that it can cause skin cancer. But SOME people say that you need to sun's rays ...

 Watching someone die?
My mom has stage IV cancer and they are stopping chemo for her. This means now she can only get worse. She is slowly dying and my dad has told me so. What am i supposed to do i can't imagine ...

 Breast cancer?
i have a lump in one of my breast and i want to find out more. where is the best sight to find the different kind of breast lumps. by the way mine is solid, dont hurt,and to the best of my knowledge ...

 Dad has cancer?
my friend's dad has cancer, and he only has a few months to live...this is so scary. But is their a chance that he dad will live
? I feel so bad right now for her. She is only 14....

 Cure 4 skin cancer need answer by 2morrow or my grandma will die?

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 Could shaving your arms cause cancer?

 Is cancer in the neck and head fatal?

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Radiation treatment finished but still not feeling well....sometimes weak...sometimes cold...depressed....feel radiation has done more harm than good. Cant eat...:(...

 How do I tell my friends I have cancer?
I found out that I have cancer, but I don't know how to tell my friends....

 Does anyone know how to start collecting donations for a child with leukemia? I am looking for suggestions.?

 What do you do when your grandfather is dieing from Cancer?
Well My grandfather is dieing from cancer and I dont know what to do... I cant take the stress anymore... And well my great-grandmother just died and well my family is a mess right now can you please ...

 Does marijuana cause cancer or not?
basic answer please....

 Smoking in public.?
I met a woman in the where I work a little while back. She and I was standing out side smoking. She said that she doesn't understand why they stop people from smoking in public places. I told ...

 Ok im not a doctor or anything and this may sound dumb but...?
is there a cure for lung cancer! my bf was dignosed with it and I was wondering if he could survive or if its just a matter of time b4 he dies! the doctor says its in the early stages!...

 Lump in armpit?
2 days ago i felt a lump in armpit. I am still breastfeeding. Also, this lump is like a slippery thing..everytime I try to touch it gets way..no pain...I have doc appt tomorrow but of course I am ...

shihara g
If my mom has a breast cancer gene do i have it?
my mom is going to a geneoligist tomorrow because she has breas cancer and her mom died of ovarian cancer my mom also had thyroid cancer and 2 bouts of breast cancer
if she has a gene for cancer i know iv gotta be checked out but what exactly does that involve?? im only 17 and im 18 in february 20th 2008. i know its a long time but could i have breast cancer or can they find the gene in my body and eliminate it so i will NEVER have it?
im soo worried please help


lilly j
You have a 50% chance of getting it. There is no way to eliminate a gene. Just let your OBGYN know of your family's history and get a yearly check up. It could skip you so don't get too worked up about it. It's not curable but it is treatable.

You can be tested for it.

Well you need to be checked out, it's time for you to see the gyno anyway for your first PAP if you haven't already. A breast exam just involves the Dr. using his/her hands/fingers to feel around for any odd lumps. Doesn't hurt really. I know you're worried--my grandma, aunts, and mom all have had breast cancer. So far I'm cancer-free! (I hope you will be too!) They can to a blood test for a gene, but if they find it they will want to do a complete double mastectomy. Not something to enter lightly into given the gene means just a CHANCE of getting breast cancer. Your best bet is to check yourself monthly and yearly exams by the gyno and likely by the time you're my age (30) they'll want a mammogram (that's what I get for my b-day this year!) to base everything else the rest of your life on. Good luck!

Maeve N
Your mum is just going for a check ... it doesn't mean she has the gene. And even if she does, it doesn't mean that you have the gene. I appreciate you are worried, but you need to put things in perspective. If your mum does have the gene, your aunts and female cousins may also be asked if they want to check for the gene. I don't know what country you are in, but I doubt the test is compulsory - so you don't have to take it. Prior to taking any test though, you should talk to a counsellor. I'm from Ireland , and here, if you want to be tested, you need to speak with a counsellor first - it's very important, because among other things, you need to consider what benefit there is to knowing , and how you will use that information. ... there is no known way of preventing breast cancer, what there is, is treatment after diagnosis. You are possibly too young (here it's 30) to benefit from a mammogram... but you can check your breasts and notify your doctor of irregularities. Given that your mum has already had breast cancer in the past, you could ask her medical team for advice. Aside from the possibility of genetic predisposition, there are no proven causes for the development of breast cancer... while it can happen to anyone (men included) ... it doesn't mean it will definitely happen to you. Talk to the medical team / doctor about getting information and adice. : )

early detection and diagnosis can be the best prevention and for the doctors to decide what is medical treatment to be done. there is a little percentage for you to get cancer because this can be inherit.good luck

I would say you have a 50/50 chance.

Hey, I'm about the same age as you and my mom has breast cancer too. From what I know, we (as the daughters) has a slightly higher chance to get cancer compared to others whose parents/grandparents do not have cancer. However, the cancer does not always happen.
I think it's impossible to detect the gene at such an early age of ours and to eliminate it. But, we should go for regular check-up when we reached the age of 20s/25. Then, if any signs of cancer is detected, early treatment can be done so it won't spread to other part of body. Early detection does help much to treat cancer.
I hope this helps you not to worry too much.

Depends. Every human has 2 sets of genes. One set contributed by the mother and one set by the father. If the gene is dominant, you have a 75% chance of inheriting the trait. If the gene is recessive, you have a-25% chance. You can get a genetic test to determine for sure if you have the gene. Of course, I am assuming the gene you are referring to is BRCA1, BCRA2 or, one of the known breast cancer associated genes there are tests for.

Just because you are a carrier of a gene does not necessarily mean you will get cancer. Cancer is a multi-step process of accumulating genetic mutations. One gene is only one step.

I don't think genetics can be changed in that way yet, you should convince your mother to take you for a checkup also to determine your possible risks of developing cancer, also find out what foods you can eat to lower those risks and what foods you should not eat that will damage your body. What you eat today is walking and talking tomorrow, if you eat junk your body will behave as such and if you eat healthy fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and water your body will grow to be healthy, also remember to exercise daily you don't have to do hour long workouts, just 2 mintues or 5 mintues anything that you can do will help.

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