Acromegaly is a rare disease. Every year, about three or four people in every million develop acromegaly, which means that there are around 400,000 people in the world living with the disease. However, because the disease is so rare and the symptoms develop so gradually, diagnosis is difficult. So, it is possible that more people have the disease than these numbers suggest.
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Should I clean a scab?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredDon't clean a scab. The best thing you can do is to leave a scab alone. If you soak the scab in water and it comes off, you've lost the important skin protection needed for healing. Usually a scab falls off on its own in a week or two. By that time, new, healthy skin will appear.
If the scab becomes itchy after a week or so, ask your doctor about over-the-counter treatment that can help soothe the skin, minimize scarring, and relieve itching.
What are the possible after effects of cancer surgery?
LIVESTRONG answeredCancer surgery can affect muscles, bones, nerves and organ systems, depending on what part of the body is operated on.
The risks of after effects of surgery have been reduced over the years. Less invasive surgery is now used for many types of cancer. This generally results in less scarring than what occurred in the past.
Possible after effects of surgery may include:
Scarring at the incision site and internally Lymphedema or swelling of the arms or legs Problems with movement or activity Nutritional problems if part of the bowel is removed Cognitive problems such as memory loss, learning, concentration
and processing information Changes in sexual function and fertility Pain that may be acute (sudden) long-term or chronic Emotional effects that may be related to feeling self-conscious
about physical changes--even if the changes are not visible
to others Newer surgical methods generally help limit damage to normal tissues. Methods of reconstructive surgery can now help reduce noticeable physical changes. Even when a radical approach is needed, advances in surgical techniques and technology have dramatically reduced long-term effects.
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