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If I drink this, will I die?

I've heard that consuming products that have been smoked can increase cancer risk. I've recently started to regularly drink several cups a day of Lapsang Souchong, a smoked tea. I am an ex-smoker so I am concerned that my risk for certain cancers is already elevated. I am having difficulty finding information on if there are any potential cancer risks from drinking this tea and if so, if they are significant enough that I should consider cutting back the amount I am drinking.
posted by Drinky Die on Jun 7, 2014 - 6 answers

That Clean ...Risky?! Chew

I need to get more fit. Part of it has to be done by controlling my intake. I've had success in the distant past with gum. But now I'm worried about the non-sugar sweeteners that most use - sorbitol and xylitol. Should I be? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on May 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Pay out of pocket for preventative care?

Colon Cancer scare in my family. My health insurance won't cover a colonoscopy because I'm too young and have no symptoms. Should I shell out the $1000 - $3000 this could cost me to get checked? Gratuitous YANMD. [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Apr 25, 2014 - 26 answers

Telling a new boss about a medical condition?

My mom found out that she has cancer. Things are looking okay, but she'll need to travel a few hours away for surgery, followed by a week off work. Over the next couple of months, she'll need daily radiation. The twist is, she started a new job within the past month and a half. How should she share this with her boss (or should she share it at all)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2013 - 13 answers

How does a millenial pay for cancer, in Florida, without insurance?

My brother has been diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia, and is currently in the ICU. What we know is that he's not going to die tonight. He's got some life left in him. They're not sure about the precise form yet, that will take some time. But in the meantime, we have a problem: he's 31, recently unemployed, and uninsured. My family is far from being able to afford out of pocket health costs. And from all the doctors, drugs, machines he's been hooked up to in the past 10 hours, I know the bill is already creeping into the many tens of thousands of dollars. So my question to MeFites is: what are our options? How do we pay for this? We have very few assets, although I'm sure we'd sell the family home to keep my brother alive for a few more years. But apart from that, we've got nothing substantial. (I'm a graduate student, and my mother is a self-employed seamstress. My father is unemployed). Are there any gov't programs available? Can he go on Medicaid? Etc. I'm having trouble finding hard info on people in his particular situation (not a minor, not elderly, and diagnosed with cancer). Help!
posted by dis_integration on Jul 31, 2013 - 19 answers

Sick kitty, low on cash.

My cat is sick. I have next to no money. Is there a really-truly-worth it pet insurance company you recommend? Or is there a place I can apply for financial assistance? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Should I try to get pregnant?

1 - Is it a good idea to get pregnant when a close loved one is dying? 2 - If I decide to do it, how can I get my husband off the fence? [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on Feb 13, 2012 - 59 answers

How do I find out if some bigger health problem is causing thus depression?

Depression! But maybe it's hypothyroidism? Dr google tells me it might be cancer (ovarian or bowel) when I add in the other health changes I've had over the last year. Hope me? What do I ask? Who do I see? No insurance. Location and gmail inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 - 13 answers

Am I intolerant to alcohol, or just bashful?

Drinking usually makes me blush, but I don't have any other symptoms of the alcohol flush reaction. Does the increased cancer risk apply to me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2011 - 6 answers

How can I keep my sick dog healthy?

My dog has cancer. Am I hurting him if I spoil the heck out of him the next few months? [more inside]
posted by werty on Oct 13, 2011 - 16 answers

Have antiperspirants been conclusively linked to cancer/Alzheimer's?

Is there any actual, scientific, peer-reviewed truth to the supposed link between antiperspirants and cancer/Alzheimer's? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2011 - 12 answers

Could an EMR absorbing chip reduce the health risk of cellphones?

Assuming that the radiation from cellphones is somewhat dangerous, will a product like a chip that absorbs EMR like this one (http://www.radiguard.com.au/the-solution.html) be useful? [more inside]
posted by orangekit on Apr 5, 2011 - 26 answers

Atypical Glandular Cells of Undetermined Significance

My wife's PAP just came back showing "atypical glandular cells of undetermined significance". We are both concerned, and I'm having a hard time finding any useful information about what this is likely to mean in terms of prognosis, treatment, etc... So far, everything I've found has been either too superficial to be helpful or too dense to understand. Can anyone point us to some fairly in-depth information that won't overwhelm us with medical-speak? At this point, we're both scared, and any information at all would be very much appreciated. Thanks.
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2011 - 17 answers

What to expect when diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and not getting treatment

My wife's grandmother has pancreatic cancer and is not getting treated. What can she (the grandmother) expect? [more inside]
posted by meta_eli on Jan 1, 2011 - 15 answers

Is soy a cancer risk?

Is there a definitive medical consensus on the risk of cancer from eating soybeans? [more inside]
posted by nomadicink on Dec 1, 2010 - 24 answers

Activities for a sick toddler needed

I need ideas for helping a toddler through four to six months of chemotherapy. [more inside]
posted by Rumple on Nov 22, 2010 - 41 answers

How should healthcare professionals act when they (or their loved ones) are patients?

Health-care workers of MeFi: how do you act around doctors when you or a family member is receiving care? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 - 19 answers

The 6 letter curse word ,starts with C and deadly(literally).need your advice

It's my first question here, ... and it's kinda heavy... I met a girl/lady. She 's the sweetest person, but she's got a lump inside one of hear breasts. Size of a big plum, except longer. She moved in to CA, has no health insurance and believes that holistic medicine alone will do the trick if it turned out to be a breast cancer... She would probably prefer - no chemical, no doc bs, better to live quicker happy, rather than slower but with pain kind of path, but I 'm worried and scared, maybe more than she is. I've heard that mammography and some other scan is needed to evaluate and that it's a sort of financial black hole. What to do folks? I need to get her checked, but both mine and her finances are at all times low/0. Please, any input will be greatly appreciated.
posted by DivineShadow on Jul 13, 2010 - 37 answers

In what medical circumstances might someone with a terminal cancer diagnosis not appear obviously sick?

In what medical circumstances might someone with a terminal cancer diagnosis not appear obviously sick? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Apr 18, 2010 - 21 answers

which discipline will give me most information about cancer?

I want to learn about cancer. Which discipline should I take courses in? [more inside]
posted by esolo on Dec 26, 2009 - 8 answers

What is (or is there any) relationship between cancer, pregnancy, and a fetus?

What is (or is there any) relationship between cancer, pregnancy, and a fetus? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Nov 29, 2009 - 7 answers

What happens if we don't give our dog chemo?

My dog has just been diagnosed with lymphoma. For various reasons, my husband and I are probably not going to do the chemo and radiation treatments outlined by the oncologist. If you have made a similar choice with your pet, can you tell me what happened? [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Aug 6, 2009 - 17 answers

Flush in the face = Give up the bottle?

A somewhat recent NY Times article explains the connection between ALDH2 deficiency and throat cancer. Request for perspective on level of risk and appropriate response in extended. [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Jun 13, 2009 - 4 answers

Help My Dad Read His Way to Cured

Cancer Filter - My dad has leukemia and wants an inspiring non-religious book or two about positive thinking - suggestions? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Apr 17, 2009 - 10 answers

Can I wait to have this lump checked out?

Found a distinct lump, and suspect it might be a hemorrhoid. I'm worried, though, that it could be something much worse. Can I wait for my next appointment with my doctor in two weeks or is this something I should have examined right away? If, for example, it was a tumour, would two weeks make a difference?
posted by pantheON on Feb 2, 2009 - 11 answers

How can I get my grandma into a new hospital?

My terminally-ill grandma is in a hospital that is dirty, poorly staffed, and crowded. My family wants to move her to another facility. She has 2-8 weeks to live. Hospital staff has been unreceptive to our requests. How can we get grandma transferred to another facility? [more inside]
posted by Ostara on Oct 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Info Sought on Childhood Leukemia

Childhood A.L.L. Luekemia My 2 year old niece was just diagnosed with this today and we are scouring the internet trying to find out all that we possibly can. She starts CHEMO tomorrow. Any personal experience or ideas of informative websites would be appreciated. Not generic websites but detailed and resourceful sites. [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Jul 15, 2008 - 7 answers

PAP test

How important is getting a PAP test for a twenty-some bi/lesbian? If it is important, how do you convince someone to get one when she a) had a bad experience in the past and b) thinks she doesn't need one because she is (mostly) gay? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Jul 8, 2008 - 40 answers

How credible is The China Study?

How credible is The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II? We would like opinions from individuals who have read the book, although opinions based on other factors are welcome so long as you mention it. [more inside]
posted by mjao on Jan 2, 2008 - 8 answers

Client with cancer?

A relatively new client sent out a mass email this morning detailing the results of his recent biopsy, which came back positive for cancer. How do I respond? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon on Aug 17, 2007 - 26 answers

Quietly, quietly... poison?

(Writing/Hypothetical Filter) Are there any poisons that (could) mimic the symptoms/effects of cancer if administered to a person over time? [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Oct 25, 2006 - 15 answers

HMO no wanna talky.

How do I maintain communication while dealing with HMO? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Jun 20, 2006 - 7 answers

Training / running in smog - should I even run?

Training / running in smog - should I even run? [more inside]
posted by arrowhead on Mar 29, 2006 - 8 answers

What foods help fight disease and make for an overall healthier person?

What types of food promote good health, and what are the supposed health benefits of consuming such foods/beverages? [more inside]
posted by orangeshoe on Mar 26, 2006 - 23 answers

Powerlines out my window?

Powerlines outside my window: health risk? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 on Aug 31, 2005 - 11 answers

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