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A 42-year-old member asked:

what exactly is basal cell carcinoma?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Slow but must treat: These begin as little ulcers or nodules, often on the face and with easy-to-see vessels. They are best removed surgically; though they seldom spread to remote sites, they can destroy the face and invade the brain if they are ignored. Today's surgery leaves minimal scarring.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Agree, but for locally advanced or metastatic BCC a new drug has recently been approved -- vismodegib (Erivedge, Genentech)
Jul 11, 2012
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Most common skin CA: Most common skin cancer caused usually by sun exposure with genetics also a factor especially skin type (more common in fair skin) and family history. More common on sun exposed areas of the body (ie: face, neck, scalp). Easily treated usually with surgery. Mohs micrographic surgery is the hold standard.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Gold standard. Unless of course you want a visible scar. This is the 21st century and you have a right to have these things treated before the cancer eats into your brain or destroys an eye Good luck.
Aug 30, 2012
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dr. Arlo Miller commented
Dermatology 15 years experience
MOHs surgery will give you 99% chance of cure and virtually guarantee it doesn't " eat into you brain or destroy an eye"
Mar 20, 2013

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if a rash with target-like spots is cancerous?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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See doctor: Target lesions usually mean erythema multiforme which can be due to allergic type reactions or infections.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who is at risk of developing prostate cancer?

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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Family history: Risk factors for prostate cancer include a family history of prostate cancer, especially your father. In addition african american males tend to have a higher incidence of prostate cancer as well. A recent study has shown a slight increase in prostate cancer in patients who take vitamin E supplements. Prostate cancer has not been linked to food products.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Treatment for prostate cancer by stage.

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Quite a few: Early stage (cancer within prostate): robotic or open surgery, standard radiation; radiation seeds; cryosurgery. For cancer with local spread to nodes typically radiation and hormonal therapy is used. For recurring cancer or for spread to far organs; a sequence of therapies is used. Initially, a series of 3-4 hormonal drugs one by one, then immune therapy (provenge) and then chemotherapy.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Besides cell phones, what are other sources of rf energy that cause cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Proof of cell: Phone link not yet in, microwaves are relatively safe, but radiation is in the electromagnetic spectrum and is a clear cause, and u-v light is part of the spectrum causing skin cancers. All seem to demonstrate direct links to dose and time of exposure. X-rays seem to have no threshold, but very low doses are very unliklely to lead to individual harm, but to a population, a small number will.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How come there are so many new drugs but we cannot find the cure for cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Cancer is not: One disease, or one genetic chnge, but many. Drugs are poisons with side effects, and tumors are smart enought to learn to resist. Single genetic mutations are cured with miracle drugs. Many drugs now hope to keep cancers at bay and allow you to live with the cancer rather than obliterating it. The most fearsome of cancers is glioblastoma (brain tumors) and pancreas cancer. Few baby steps only.

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