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A 42-year-old member asked:

i know that skin is an organ, but what inside the body can be affected by skin cancer?

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Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Depends: What kind of skin cancer. Basal and squamous skin cancers are usually local in occurrence and do not spread beyond confines of skin. Melanomas can and will spread or metastasize to other organs and tissues inside the body.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
All can be: Melanoma has the ability to travel to any organ in the body and create new tumors.
Dr. Oren Lerman
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Numerous organs: Melanoma can be deadly precisely because it travels to other organs in the body.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Local/distant organs: This depends on the type of skin cancer. Basal cell cancer used to be called a rodent ulcer because it destroys local tissue including underlying muscle and bone which looks as of a rodent were nibbling away at your body.Melanoma can spread via the lymphatics to lymph nodes, lungs, liver, kidneys and brain and nearly any other organ.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How is skin cancer spread through the body?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
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 they go to lymph nodes) and 3. Via the blood (where cancers can jump from skin to lung, brain, liver, etc).
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A 23-year-old member asked:

How can skin cancer affect your body?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
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 detection and treatment is key. If you think you may have a skin cancer, get it checked out!
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What happens to the body when you have skin cancer?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Hopefully nothing: If skin cancer is localized (hasn't spread) it can be surgically removed. If it spreads (metastasizes) anything is possible.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What would experts say about affect of skin cancer on your body?

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Dr. Denis Winder
Plastic Surgery 58 years experience
Information: Skin cancer generally does not affect the body as long as it is discovered and treated early. However if left alone, it can spread to other organs which can be a lethal process.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What body organs are affected by skin cancer?

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Metastases: Melanoma can spread or metastasize to the other organs of the body. The most common sites are to the liver, lung, brain, lymph nodes. Metastatic melanoma is considered stage iv.

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