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Cervical cancer affects the cells in the cervix – the lower part of the uterus that connects to the vagina – and is primarily caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), transmitted via sexual contact.

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Malignant (cancerous) tumors of the chest wall can start in muscles, bones, cartilage, blood vessels, connective or fatty tissue, nerves, or skin of the chest. Tumors found in the chest wall may be malignant or benign. They are described as being primary tumors, which start in the chest wall, or metastatic tumors, which spread to the chest wall from cancer in other areas of the body. The most common type of primary chest wall tumors are sarcomas that begin in bone or muscle tissue.

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Also known as cancer of the bile duct, cholangiocarcinoma is a cancerous growth in one of the ducts that carries bile from the liver to the small intestine. These tumors usually grow slowly and do not spread (metastasize) very quickly. A cholangiocarcinoma can start at any place along the bile ducts.

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Cholecystitis is the swelling (inflammation) of the gallbladder caused by gallstones blocking the ducts that carry bile (digestive fluid that breaks down fat) from the gallbladder to the small intestine. Intense pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, where the gallbladder sits under the liver, requires medical intervention. Risk factors include obesity and age; treatment with antibiotics for infection, and sometimes surgery, is usually necessary to prevent further complications.

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Chronic (long-term) diarrhea is watery or loose stool that lasts for four weeks or more. When children are affected, it is usually caused by other chronic conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, or celiac disease. Because chronic diarrhea is a sign of an underlying condition, medical attention for a diagnosis is necessary.

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