ANA and Cancer

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/12/2008 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I am told my ANA is high, however, the test show that I don't have RA.  I have found out since these test I have a squamous cell carcinoma - skin cancer - which I was told 2 years ago this was just a wart by a doctor, now the dermatologist has biopsied it and tells me differently, my questions is:  can anyone possibly tell me if having Cancer make your AnA high?  I've yet to see the doctor since she called me and this information has just about scared me silly.  Any info any of you have would be greatlyyyyyyyy appreciated.  Thanks

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 12/15/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   


Hi Tickleme...welcome. I don't know the answer to that....have you tried googling that question? Someone here might know the answer to that as well and hopefully will come by soon.

First and foremost, don't panic (yeah, I know that is hard to do!), when DO you see the doctor? Do your research in the meantime and get prepared to ask questions when you do go in. Write them down - we always forget what we want to know when we're in the office!

Take care and keep us up to date on what you find out.



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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 12/16/2008 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Skin cancer is very curable so although it is scary you should be fine with treatment! Removing the offending skin is usually all the treatment you need. As for you ANA, many people have positive ANA's for no reason. I think they say about 1% of the population has a positive ANA with no other problems. So unless you have something else going on, the ANA is nothing to worry about. Just keep an eye on it every couple years. I am not sure how high it is but there are alot of people with elevated ANA's who are having symptoms that still cant get a diagnosis. I would leave it alone especially for insurance reasons. If you pursue it and get a diagnosis of Lupus or RA from a doctor and don't need treatment for anything, you will have problems with life and health insurance forever.
Good luck and Happy Holidays!
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