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A 29-year-old member asked:

how dangerous is basal cell carcinoma?

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Dr. Peter Sadow
Pathology 17 years experience
Common: A very common skin cancer, basal cell carcinomas are generally indolent carcinomas that can be locally aggressive, so they need to come out, but they rarely metastasize. If you develop one, you're susceptible to others. So, make sure to keep on the sunscreen and discuss preventive measures with your dermatologist, along with regular skin checks.
Dr. John Di Saia
Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Not very....: Basal cell cancer is the most common skin cancer. It is also the least dangerous except in very specialized circumstances.
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology 15 years experience
Low Risk: There are millions of basal cell cancers each year in the us. Half of americans will get one in their life. Yet, i've only met one person who knows someone who has died from basal cell cancer. Bottom line is that its a problem that needs to be addressed, and you want to get it taken care of so that it doesn't become a big deal, but you don't need to update your will because of it.

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

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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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