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Cancer

The term “cancer” refers to a broad family of diseases characterized by the excessive and uncontrolled proliferation of cells. This form of disordered growth can occur in almost any organ and spread t
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Common warning signs include:

The symptoms of cancer can vary very broadly, and are usually related to the specific organ where the cancer has appeared. However, some signs common to all forms of cancer include unexplained severe weight loss, prolonged unexplained fever, sweats and chills, low red blood cell count and general malaise. Other symptoms may suggest specific types of cancer:
• Persistent cough with bloody mucus and frequent respiratory infections are common in lung and throat cancer.
• Unexplained or persistent changes in bowel movements, including both constipation and diarrhea, may be associated with colon cancer.
• Other changes in stool, such as the presence of blood or pencil-thin stools, may also suggest colon cancer or other types of cancer in any part of the digestive tract.
• Breast lumps and breast discharge may suggest breast cancer; especially if they occur in only one breast and the discharge includes blood. All breast lumps and discharge should be thoroughly assessed in addition to monthly breast self-examination.
• Testicle lumps should also be always thoroughly evaluated, as they may suggest testicular cancer. Similar to breast in women, monthly testicular self-examination is recommended for all men.
• Unexplained changes in urination patterns could signal cancer. Bloody urination may be present in bladder cancer; while symptoms such as frequent urination, small urination volumes and slower urine flow may suggest prostate cancer in men.

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Resources

  • Andrea S. Blevins Primeau, PhD, MBA
  • Eyal Ballan
  • Paweł Śledziński, Joanna Zeyland, Ryszard Słomski, and Agnieszka Nowak
  • D.I. Abrams, MD
  • Elaine K. Howley

Chronic Pain

Pain is normal physiologic reaction to injury or disease, acting as the body’s alarm to let you know some part of it is at risk of serious damage. Pain usually subsides when its underlying cause is cl
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Common warning signs include:

Chronic pain is characterized by the presence of persistent pain during long periods of time and with varying degrees of intensity, which often don’t seem to improve with most forms of treatment. This form of pain typically appears as an extension of the pain caused by another disorder. These include:
• Migraine and tension headaches
• Glaucoma and other eye disorders
• Arthritis and other joint disorders, often caused by excessive repetitive use or strain
• Muscle strain and injury, similarly related to excessive use
• Other musculoskeletal disorders, such as spinal deformities, bulging spinal discs, and injury to tendons and bursas
• Bone fractures
• Fibromyalgia, which involves widespread joint and muscle pain
• Direct nerve damage, caused by trauma, burns, diabetes; and specific nerve disorders, such as sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome.
• Various neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and others
• Cancer-related pain
• Acid reflux and stomach ulcers
• Gallstones and kidney stones
• Irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease
• Endometriosis
• Pain related to surgical procedures
• Pain related to trauma and wound healing

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Crohn's Disease

Crohn’s disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease which features chronic inflammation in various sections of the digestive tract caused by increased activation of the immune system against the b
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Common warning signs include:

Crohn’s disease often presents with many non-specific symptoms, including fever with chills and night sweats, as well as unexplained weight loss and tiredness. In addition, inflammation in the digestive tract can be associated with abdominal pain, bloody stool, and changes in bowel movement patterns.

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Resources

  • Jessica Ravikoff Allegretti, MD,* Andrew Courtwright, MD, PhD,† Matthew Lucci, BS,* Joshua R. Korzenik, MD,* and Jonathan Levine, MD*
  • Agata Blaszczak-Boxe
  • Alex Matthews-King
  • KASHMIRA GANDER
  • Jasmin Collier