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Cancer Risk Factors

Cancer is caused when various risk factors result in the abnormal division of cells with the destruction of body tissues. The dominant risk factors responsible for developing cancer are age, alcohol drinking, taking cancer-causing substances, hormones, immunosuppression, radiation, sunlight, tobacco, and obesity. It occurs anywhere in the body.

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My daughter underwent two CT scans. Are there any risks?

Query: Hello doctor,Our daughter, who is almost 18 years old now, had two head CT (computed tomography) scans on the same date in a hospital when she was around two years old. She accidentally fell out of a parked car. Fortunately, she is fine right now, but I worry she will develop some sort of cancer in ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mounica Kavikondala

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern.The radiation from a CT (computed tomography) scan is 500 times that of an X-ray. While it is harmful, in the case of a CT head, the benefits outweigh the risks. However, for an inguinal hernia, there is no need for a CT abdomen; an ultrasound o...  Read Full »

Can I develop lung cancer in the future due to a family history?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 35 years old, and I used to experience wheezing and asthmatic attacks during winter and early mornings. I also have some allergies that cause severe running nose in the mornings. I am not taking any medication for that. I am hypothyroid and under medication. My concern is that my...  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hi, Thanks for trusting us with your health care. I can understand your concern. I do not think there is anything to worry about. The major risk factors for lung cancer include smoking, pollution, and prolonged exposure to certain chemicals such as asbestos, radon, petroleum, and more. If a firs...  Read Full »

Kindly help me know the occupational hazards related to the implant manufacturing laboratory.

Query: Hi doctor, I have read an article about disinfectants in implant dentistry now. My brother works in an implant manufacturing laboratory. So, kindly help me know the occupational hazards related to his laboratory work. Are the radiations in his workplace harmful? And also, as his mom had cancer recen...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are elated to have you onboard at Regarding occupational hazards, I would say that implant disinfection involves exposure to specific chemical and laser-assisted methods. As dentistry itself is associated with occupational hazards, all the professionals...  Read Full »

I am worried about getting cancer. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33-year-old male. My weight is 91 kg, and my height is 5 feet and 11 inches. How do I get screened for cancer? My mom died of lung cancer at the age of 52. My maternal uncle died of stomach cancer at the age of 50. I have a burning sensation in my stomach from the last three ye...  Read Full »

Dr. Kumar Varadarajan Senthil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly, try to get physically fit by slowly building up your physical endurance. Join a gym and work out regularly apart from eating healthy. Have your baseline blood works done along with the liver function tests, bone profile, and kidney profile. The burning sensa...  Read Full »

Can the small lump near my right testis be due to cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it possible to have testicular cancer for five years and not know it? I have had a small lump near my right testis for five years now and my doctor says it is nothing to worry about. However, my lymph node on that side is swollen and I have frequent stomachaches. But it has been thi...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is impossible to have a testicular carcinoma for such a long period without any manifestations. Testicular carcinoma is one of the most aggressive carcinomas which worsens like a fire in a forest. So, it cannot go undetected for such a long period. Besides, the sym...  Read Full »

Can improper use of desensitizers by dentists cause cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a filling done two months back on the upper molar but complained of cold sensitivity. I have plaque on my upper teeth, including the molar, which has a filling. My dentist applied a desensitizer without cleaning the plaque on the upper teeth. First, he air dried my upper and then...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. The desensitizer's ability to be carcinogenic is not true. I agree that your dentist should have cleaned the tooth of plaque and tartar deposit completely before applying the sensitizer. However, without the prelimin...  Read Full »

I have a swelling in my left breast. Is this cancerous?

Query: Hello doctor, I detected a mass in my left breast. So, I had a mammogram, and the reports are attached. I took antibiotics and antiinflammatory agents for weeks, but no change occurred as the pain in my left breast and swelling under my arm worsened. Could it be cancerous, as I have a family history...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I have reviewed your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). As per your USG (ultrasonography) breast report, you likely have some benign cysts. Unlikely to be cancer if the report is to be...  Read Full »

What are the chances of survival in stage 4 lung cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, What are the chances of survival in the 4th stage lung tumor? Is there any specific suggestion for the cure? The patient had biopsy and bronchoscopy. The doctors suggest us to wait for biopsy report before any further medication.  Read Full »

Dr. Andrew Chellakumar Fenn

Answer: Hi,Welcome to the patient has been diagnosed to have stage 4 lung cancer, the survival depends on lots of factors. They are co-morbidities such as diabetes and hypertension, performance status whether he is able to walk around and do his activities or he is confined to bed, the exte...  Read Full »

Does prostate cancer have a strong family history?

Query: Hi doctor,My father was detected to have prostate cancer, but they did not give any stage of his cancer. I am worried about his prognosis. How long he would survive? They have removed his testes and advised him to take Andro Block for life time. They used the term highly suspicious of prostate cance...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajit Naniksingh Kukreja

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I sympathize for the medical condition of your father. Unfortunately, he has moderate to advanced cancer of the prostate (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The biopsy report is suggestive of moderate cancer as per Gleason's score, but if we consider the b...  Read Full »

Why are men more susceptible to cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, Why are men generally affected by cancer than women? Do they have less tumor suppressor genes (p53) than women? Or is there a different reason entirely?  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are various reasons for cancer in general and p53 is one of the many genes that can cause cancer. These are sporadic mutations and no sex is more prone to have p53 mutations than the other. But, yes the p53 mutations are seen in more male dominant cancers like p...  Read Full »

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