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Re: Question
Dec 23, 2009
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. There is no one test or symptom that can tell if you have cancer because there are so many different types of cancer...literally hundreds, and they are all slightly different illnesses.

With certain types of cancers, you might develop a tumor, but other cancers do not show up as a tumor that you can feel.

With some types of cancer, you may begin to experience bloating and nausea; but you can experience those symptoms from many things other than cancer, most of them not all that serious.

Some times of cancer affect the blood, and might show up on a routine blood panel, but others don't affect the blood at all, or not until they are quite advanced.

The best thing to do is to see a doctor if you have unexplained symptoms that don't go away after a few weeks, or if you discover a lump. Usually, if a set of symptoms is indicative of cancer, they won't come and go but rather will stick around for quite a while. So the nausea/vomiting you get with a stomach bug is self-limiting; but if you have those symptoms for more than a few days, you should see a doctor. Of course, even then, it could be something other than cancer.

ANY unexplained lump should be examined by a doctor, but usually the types of lumps you get from a cold or virus are a result of swollen glands. If you can move it around and it isn't rock hard, it's less likely to be anything cancerous.

Ruth
Re: Question
Dec 23, 2009
[QUOTE=SamQKitty;4148846]Sometimes yes, sometimes no. There is no one test or symptom that can tell if you have cancer because there are so many different types of cancer...literally hundreds, and they are all slightly different illnesses.

With certain types of cancers, you might develop a tumor, but other cancers do not show up as a tumor that you can feel.

With some types of cancer, you may begin to experience bloating and nausea; but you can experience those symptoms from many things other than cancer, most of them not all that serious.

Some times of cancer affect the blood, and might show up on a routine blood panel, but others don't affect the blood at all, or not until they are quite advanced.

The best thing to do is to see a doctor if you have unexplained symptoms that don't go away after a few weeks, or if you discover a lump. Usually, if a set of symptoms is indicative of cancer, they won't come and go but rather will stick around for quite a while. So the nausea/vomiting you get with a stomach bug is self-limiting; but if you have those symptoms for more than a few days, you should see a doctor. Of course, even then, it could be something other than cancer.

ANY unexplained lump should be examined by a doctor, but usually the types of lumps you get from a cold or virus are a result of swollen glands. If you can move it around and it isn't rock hard, it's less likely to be anything cancerous.

Ruth[/QUOTE]

Thanks! this really clears a few things up for me! :)

So, I found this lump on my head and it's pretty hard, i can't move it, and it's come with some weird symptoms i haven't had before this lump came up. Do you think i should go to the doctor?





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