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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What could be the reason for ear and throat pain and the red line on my throat? Could it be throat cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 39 year old female. I used to smoke one pack a day for 19 years, but quit cigarettes three months ago. 10 days ago, I had ear and throat pain on the left side. My lymph node was swollen only on the left side. I went to my GP who prescribed me Amoxicillin 1000 mg two times per day f...  Read Full »


Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Looking at the photo you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is very clear that you do not have any lesions in the throat which cause a suspicion of malignancy (cancer) to arise. The reddish line you are looking at is nothing but the dil...  Read Full »

I have had swollen tonsils for about a month. Is it a sign of tonsil or throat cancer?

Query: Hello doctor,I have swollen tonsils from about a month. I have been taking antibiotics but, they are not getting better. I have a slight pain in the throat. I sometimes have a dull ear pain. Is it a sign of tonsil or throat cancer?  Read Full »


Dr. Deepthi. M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your problem of pain in the throat can be because of tonsillar infection called tonsillitis. Taking only antibiotics will not help. Tonsillitis can be of two types depending on the severity of the infecting agent. The first type is acute tonsillitis where it presents...  Read Full »

How do I get screened for cancer risk?

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

I had CT scans and other X-rays done. Am I at a potential risk for cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old female. I recently had a CT scan and other X-rays done. The CT scan was of my head and neck, including contrast dye. I also had a chest X-ray done and a few other X-rays taken by a chiropractor. Outside of the annual dental X-rays, I have not had any other X-rays, b...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. I understand that your anxiety is due to having several radiology examinations, which you usually do not have. I have reviewed the dose report that you attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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 recent...  Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.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 related to it have some occupational hazards. All of u...  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 icliniq.com. When 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 abe to walk around and do his activities or he is confined to bed, the ex...  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 canc...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajit Naniksingh Kukreja

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 bon...  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 icliniq.com. 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 pr...  Read Full »

Why do I have an indentation in thigh muscle?

Query: Hello doctor,About a week ago, I noticed this indentation on my left thigh. It looks like a long line across it. It is most visible when the leg is placed horizontally and the muscle is relaxed. I cannot see it when I stand up or bend my leg. I think it appeared recently because I would have noticed...  Read Full »


Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is most probably related to the muscular and fatty tissue configuration of your body. Since you have been working out, it probably started to appear due to the augmentation of your muscles. It fits into the normal configuration and there is nothing to be worried a...  Read Full »

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