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How does skin cancer grow?

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Dr. Morris Westfried answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Varies: Skin cancer grows both sideways and. In depth. There are different kinds of skin cancers which have different patterns of growth. Basal cell carcinoma erodes the skin but rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Squamous cell carcinoma spreads locally but can also spread through lymph or blood vessels or even along nerve fibers. Melanoma, can spread locally and by blood, nerve amd lymph.

Answered 1/5/2019

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Dr. Mike Bowman answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Local growth mostly: Mostly skin cancers (like all cancers) grow locally, spreading both side to side as well as down. For melanomas in particular, deep growth is more dangerous. Cancers also can jump (or metastasize) via lymphatic vessels or blood vessels. This can lead to spread to local lymph nodes or distant sites like the lungs, liver, brain, etc.

Answered 9/17/2012

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