How do lifestyle factors and exposure to environmental substances affect our cancer risk?
by geekgoddess8257 on Mon Sep 20, 2010 04:11 PM
My dad was just dx with GBM 03/28/10.
His brother is just coming out of treatment for his 3 occurance of Prostate cancer.
My mother had clear cell renal carcinoma about 5 years ago.
Paternal Grandma had skin cancer on the nose.
Paternal Great Grandfather had Colon cancer.
Paternal Great Grandmother had some form of cancer in the abdomen. (no one in the family really knows for sure what kind it was)
I moved from Oh to IN back in Jan, and went from my private ins to some public assistance ins (Wishard Advantage) that's barely a step above Medicaid. I saw a doctor in their system a couple months ago (for what I thought was going to be my annual GYN exam & testing, and physical), and told her all the above, and she just blew me off and said I didn't need any kind of testing, and that since my last 3 PAPs were clean, that they wouldn't even do that for 3 years because of the new recommended guidlines. She wouldn't even do all the blood test for my hypothyroidism that my previous Endocrinologist was doing every 3 months. Just the TSH, Hep panel, Lipid panel, and Metabolic panel.
Needless to say I'm switching Doctors. Is there any kind of general cancer testing I can request from the new one?
by Dlynn1210 on Mon Sep 20, 2010 04:36 PM
I'm sorry I can't answer about general testing but I have read about consequences associated with learning if you are a probable candidate for cancer. They include difficulty obtaining insurance and when possible to find insurance, it can be at greatly increased rates.
by Irene626 on Sat Oct 02, 2010 05:55 AM
ive heard of places that do genetic testing for types of cancers but the test only tells you if the risk is higher not when or if it will develop..usually its blood tests..im sure u can request to have mri's but most doctors wont do them unless theres a reason but do u really want to expose yourself to all that radiation...?when my mom developed GBM brain cancer i also wondered about if i could get it..cancer runs in my moms side of the family not the kind she had but most of her aunts passed away from some type of cancer...but then i thought to myself why even worry about it..i think whatever is meant to happen will happen...i just leave it in god's hands and go on day to day....im sorry you are having to go through all this with your family..i lost my mom on may 17, 2010 to this monster...i miss her very much...knowing whether or not your at high risk might stress you out more...so really think about it before doing it..im no expert and its your choice. but i just would rather not worry about it...
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