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how does skin cancer affect the body

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Many ways: Skin cancer can range from a minor problem (a small bump or growth to be burned or cut off) to a life threatening issue (deeper melanomas). Early det ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
26 years experience Medical Oncology
Skin and others: Skin cancer came from skin cells. Some of the most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, lymphoma involving ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
If it spreads: Typical skin cancer such as a basal cell cancer or a localized squamous cell will not affect the whole body. Only a squamous cell or melanoma that is ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Blood and lymph: Skin cancers (like most cancers) can spread one of 3 main ways. 1. Direct spread/growth. 2. Travel through the lymphatic drainage systems (where t ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Local tissue: Destruction. Basal cell carcinomas of the skin invade surrounding tissues and destroy normal structures, including bone. A term for basal cell carci ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Kaplan
41 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Depends: Early on there may be no effect. As the disease progresses undiagnosed, you may develop a change in bowels, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight los ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Invade organs: As the cancer grows it produces a proteinase that allows for invasion of blood vessels. It breaks down -e-cadherin to s-ecadherin that allows metastas ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Peggy Ching
40 years experience Plastic Surgery
Depends: Depends on what type of skin cancer. Basal cell mainly stays on the skin, but some type can be more aggressive and spread to neighboring tissues, sam ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Finke
14 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Inflammation: Any type of cancer in the body will increase the body's immune response, leading to an increase in inflammation. Circulating proteins and cells that ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Varies widely: Depends on the stage at time of diagnosis. Early stage cancer could have little affect, and advanced later stages can reduce a woman;s life expectancy ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Hack
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends on staging: Rectal cancer can cause problems with the rectal function, based on it's presence or from treatment related side effects, such as rectal bleeding. Mor ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Many: Abdominal discomfort, stomach bleeding, anemia, poor appetite, nausea and vomiting, weight loss. Cancer can spread to lymph nodes or other organs such ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Blockage/Bleeding: Depending on their size and location, colon cancers may cause the above problems. The bleeding tends to be very slow, like a dripping faucet, and may ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Lighter skin=riskier: In general, people with lighter colored skin sustain more sun damage with shorter amounts of sun exposure. Therefore skin cancers are more common in ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
41 years experience Pediatric Endocrinology
In many ways: You do not only glycate your hemoglobin creating glycohemoglobin (the main one hba1-c) you also glycosilate your connective tissue hardening it and yo ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Cancer: Cancer of any organ is an invasion & growing if abnormal cells that grow & spread. Stomach cancer can result in bleeding ulcer, pain, vomiting, inabil ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Allergy: You can be sensitive to the color or other chemicals used in the fabric.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Via blood and lymph: Like other cancers, melanomas spread (metastasize) via 2 pathways. First, via the lymph system, where the tumor gets caught in lymph nodes. Sentinel ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Stephens
17 years experience Dermatology
DNA damage: Prolonged sun exposure, especially during midday hours, can cause dna damage to cells in the skin. This results in photoaging and can eventually lead ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
16 years experience Family Medicine
Slowly.: Cancer cells are damaged cells that can't stop reproducing. So they keep multiplying and don't stop. These cells also create a blood supply that fee ... Read More
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Dr. Julie Abbott
44 years experience Preventive Medicine
Unfortunately, the: harmful health effects from smoking cigarettes is huge. Besides nicotine there are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 60 of which ca ... Read More

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