Back to School Cancer Quiz

It is time again for school bells, homework, fall sports, sack lunches, lectures and the second annual Cancer Quiz.   Only you grade this test, but the information is vital, therefore this quiz is open book and cheating is encouraged.   I hope you have fun and perhaps learn a little about “The Dread Disease.”


  1. The estrogen receptor test in breast cancer patients determines;
    1. A woman’s blood estrogen level.
    2. Whether estrogen stimulates the breast cancer’s growth.
    3. Did estrogen cause her breast cancer?
    4. How receptive a woman is to taking birth control pills.
  2. The difference between hospice and palliative care is;
    1. One is at home and one is in the hospital.
    2. One is for men, the other for women.
    3. If you die its hospice, if you live its palliative care.
    4. Both are about life quality, palliative care for any chronic disease and hospice for end of life.
  3. Instead of photon radiation, highly accurate Proton Beam uses;
    1. Magic.
    2. High-energy particles.
    3. Salad oil.
    4. Laser.
  4. You know you are a cancer survivor when;
    1. You are glad to hear your alarm clock go off at 6:00am.
    2. You use your toothbrush for your teeth, not your hair.
    3. You use your Visa card more than your hospital parking pass.
    4. You don’t have the urge to choke the person who says, “All you need to beat cancer is the right attitude.”
    5. All the above (and more)
  5. Vitamin D has been proven to help prevent;
    1. Heart disease
    2. Breast Cancer
    3. Alzheimer’s
    4. Diabetes
    5. None of the above
  6. Regular exercise helps prevent;
    1. Heart Disease
    2. Breast Cancer
    3. Alzheimer’s
    4. Diabetes
    5. All of the above
  7. Which of the following cancer’s have improving survivals;
    1. Breast Cancer
    2. Prostate Cancer
    3. Colon Cancer
    4. Multiple myeloma
    5. All the above
  8. Which vitamins should healthy people not take?
    1. Multivitamins
    2. Vitamin C
    3. Vitamin E
    4. B complex
    5. All the above.
  9. Adjuvant chemotherapy is given to;
    1. Elderly gentleman named Earl.
    2. People whose cancer has been removed.
    3. Kill microscopic cancer not detected by tests.
    4. Patients at increased risk for cancer recurrence
    5. All the above.
  10. Potential chemotherapy side effects;
    1. Talking often to your medical insurance carrier
    2. Increased sexual prowess.
    3. Winning the lottery.
    4. X-ray vision
    5. Hair growth
  11. Which does not increase the risk of cancer?
    1. Smoking
    2. Obesity
    3. Radiation Therapy
    4. Cell phones
    5. BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation
  12. Which Country has no policy to foster economic growth by medical research and is the only one cutting research funding this year (8%)?
    1. China
    2. India
    3. United States
    4. Singapore
    5. South Korea
  13. To protect oneself from cancer one should not;
    1. Get yearly PSA testing
    2. Exercise
    3. Avoid tanning salons
    4. Get the HPV vaccine at age 11
    5. Get a colonoscopy after age 50
  14. A cancer that has spread is;
    1. A metastasis
    2. Called by the site where it started.
    3. In many cases may still be cured.
    4. May be blocked by Avastin
    5. All the above
  15. Cancer Stage is not;
    1. The best way of estimating survival
    2. Used only at time of first diagnosis
    3. 0, I, II, III or IV
    4. A surgical term.
  16. Remission is to Cure as;
    1. Missing is to gone.
    2. Searching is to found.
    3. Start is to finish.
    4. Repair is to fixed.
    5. All of the above.
  17. Which specialties treat most thyroid cancer?
    1. Medical Oncology & Radiation
    2. Urology and Dermatology
    3. Endocrinology and Surgery
    4. Gynecology and Genetics
  18. Who can request a home hospice evaluation?
    1. The patient
    2. The nurse
    3. The family
    4. The doctor
    5. All the above
  19. What country has the most melanoma in the world?
    1. United States
    2. Australia
    3. Kenya
    4. Russia
    5. China
  20. What is the fastest growing solid tumor in man?
    1. Large cell lymphoma
    2. Lung Cancer
    3. Prostate Cancer
    4. Pancreatic Cancer
    5. Glioma


ANSWERS – 1(2), 2(4), 3(2), 4(5), 5(5), 6(5), 7(5), 8(5), 9(5), 10(1), 11(4), 12(3), 13(1), 14(5), 15(1), 16(5), 17(3), 18(5), 19(2), 20(1)


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