Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
These nonspecific symptoms might be present with several different types of cancer.
Various infections can lead to similar symptoms (for example, tuberculosis).
Continued itching in the anal
or genital area
Precancerous or cancerous conditions of the skin of the genital or anal areas can cause persistent itching.
Some cancers cause skin color changes.
Several infections or skin conditions (for example, fungal infections or psoriasis) also can
cause these symptoms. If itching does not stop with over-the-counter topical
medications, your doctor should inspect the area.
Sores generally heal quickly. If an area fails to heal, you may have cancer and should see a doctor.
Nonhealing sores in your mouth or persistent white
or red patches on your gums, tongue, or tonsils are also should raise concerns.
Some nonhealing sores may be due to poor circulation (for example, diabetic foot ulcers).
Headaches have many causes (for example, migraines, aneurysms) but cancer is not a common one.
A severe unrelenting headache that feels different from usual can be a sign of cancer, but
aneurysms may present in the same way.
If your headache fails to improve with over-the-counter medications, see a doctor promptly.
Back pain, pelvic
pain, bloating, or indigestion
These are common symptoms of daily life, often related to food intake, muscle spasms or strains, but they also can be seen in ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer is particularly difficult to treat, because it is frequently diagnosed late in the course of the disease.
The American Cancer Society and other organizations have been trying to make both patients and physicians more aware and consider this diagnosis if the classic symptoms are present.