Posted by: Andjela | 2018/09/20


Mother has pre-malignant state

Hi mom was at the doctor today. They said she has pre-malignant state and that she came on time, but not to take it lightly to take it serious, because they don't know until they do operation if it is. Hope everything will be okay with her. She smokes, can cigarettes be the  cause of that? 

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2018/09/20

Dear Andjela, a pre-malignant state means that some of the cells present have already started showing signs of change but do not show all the characteristics of malignancy (cancer). The doctor also stated that a final decision regarding malignancy will be taken following on surgery during which a biopsy (a small piece of tissue) will be sent to the laboratory for diagnosis. You did not mention what pre-malignancy the doctor was referring to – so it is difficult to say whether smoking maybe directly contributed to the problem. However, smoking is bad and is a proven cause of morbidity and mortality. But whatever you do, please do not confront your mother with reference to her smoking. This will only create feelings of guilt and contribute to her stress. Rather provide her every opportunity to kick the habit and support her in her efforts. (MCH).

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