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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I had breast cancer and skin on the right side within the past 5 years.. Now I am having a lot of pain in my right shoulder and down my arm. cancer?

I had breast cancer and skin on the right side within the past 5 years.. Now I am having a lot of pain in my right shoulder and down my arm. cancer?

See your dr: It is impossible to tell what the pain you are experiencing if from. Many woman who have had treatment and surgery for breast cancer have pain from the treatments and irritation of nerves. However, to know for sure what the cause is, an exam by your doctor needs to be done. ...Read more

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Help can cancer leave marks on the skin?

Help can cancer leave marks on the skin?

Surgery for skin ca: yes, the treatment for skin cancer- i.e. surgery can leave marks on the skin. ...Read more

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Can skin cancer always start on the skin?

Can skin cancer always start on the skin?

Yes: Skin cancer, in any of its varieties, starts in the skin. There are similar cancers that can start in other sites but they would not be called skin cancer. Also, other cancers can spread to the skin but again, you don't call it skin cancer. The cancer is usually named by its place of origin. ...Read more

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Do people ever get skin cancer on the head that goes away?

Do people ever get skin cancer on the head that goes away?

Skin cancer : A skin cancer typically does not go away on its own. Certain melanomas demonstrate regression (a white scar area where the typically darker melanoma was). See a dermatologist for any suspicious spots or growths. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have skin cancer on your back and butt?

How do you know if you have skin cancer on your back and butt?

Biopsy: See a doctor so that if needed a biopsy may be taken to be examined by a pathologist for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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

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

Skin cancer : Some skin cancers are locally invasive and grow deeper into the skin, fat or even bone if left untreated. Other skin cancers such as melanoma have the potential to spread or metastasize to internal organs. ...Read more

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Brief me on skin cancer and skin biopsies.

Brief me on skin cancer and skin biopsies.

What is the Question: Please tell us what you want to know about skin biopsies? Skin Cancer is of 3 types: Basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer are relatively slow growing and considered rather benign in their behavior and are nearly 100 cured with a simple excision. Melanoma is less common, yet much more serious as a cancer as it tends to spread inside the body and can cause death once it spreads beyond the skin ...Read more

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What causes reoccurring squeamish skin cancer on fingers?

What causes reoccurring squeamish skin cancer on fingers?

Sun damage: I will assume you are referring to squamous cell carcinoma. This common skin cancer is most likely related to sun exposure. It could be related to chemical exposure or burn scars. If you are dealing with multiple different cancers it is due to regional damage. If a cancer is recurrent, it was not completely removed/treated in the first place. Discuss w/ your cancer md. ...Read more

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Can u get skin cancer from ink on the skin?

Can u get skin cancer from ink on the skin?

Depends: The key in this formula is that the ink has to be an irritant to the skin. If it irritates the skin then it will produce skin cancer in the long run. If it does not then it should be safe. ...Read more

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What are the short and long term effects from skin cancer on the body?

What are the short and long term effects from skin cancer on the body?

It Depends on Type: "Skin cancer" refers to literally dozens of specific cancers. The 3 most common types are Melanoma (MM), Squamous Cell Carcinoma(SCC) , Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC). MM is usually easily treated if caught early but can be fatal if it spreads. SCC is usually easily treated if caught early but in certain cases can spread and be fatal. BCC is the least dangerous b/c it rarely spreads, but can disfigure ...Read more

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What are the emotional, mental and social affects on skin cancer victims?

Skin Cancer: Skin cancers that occur in highly visible areas such as the face can be associated with emotional and social consequences. Visible scars or alteration of facial features can affect the patient's emotional, mental and social well being. Scarring and deformity can be minimized if skin cancers are diagnosed and treated early. The more advanced the cancer the more extensive the scars and deformity. ...Read more

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Title news story said JJ baby powder caused cervical cancer due to "talcum" in powder. Was cancer caused from use on skin or internally?

Title news story said JJ baby powder caused cervical cancer due to "talcum" in powder. Was cancer caused from use on skin or internally?

Talcum unlikely prob: Studies show that talcum powder, which is a silicate like asbestos, is not likely to cause ovarian cancer. Studies investigated the introduction of talc on talc dusted diaphragms and condoms and concluded that it was not likely the cause. Correlation, not causation. The USPST recommends women get their pap smear and genetic testing and because HPV is associated with cervical cancer. See OB/GYN. ...Read more

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I am getting too many pre-cancer skin lesions on my body living in Florida. I am healthy and wear SPF 30 as a sunscreen. Should I move out-of-state?

Sun damage: It is not FL it is the sun. 1. Wear long sleeve shirts 2. Stay out of sun. 3. All states can get too much sun for some. If you have been a sun worshiper most of your life they will keep coming now even if out of sun. ...Read more

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For what length of time do cancer bruises stay on your skin?

? Not Clear: Not sure what you mean by "cancer bruises". Some cancer patients get bruises because either the cancer or the treatment thins the blood and they are prone to bleeding under the skin. These bruises (like any other) can take many weeks to resolve and will change through many colors as they do. ...Read more

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Explain the short and long term effects of skin cancer on the human body?

None / Death: This isn't the best place to go for a homework question, but we're glad to help. A basal cell carcinoma on the face won't do a thing beyond growing inexorably. Neglect it, and it will destroy an eye, nose, and eventually grow into the brain. That's the end. Squamous cell carcinomas can spread to remote sites and melanomas do so even more aggressively. Effect depends on location. ...Read more

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How long might one have basal cell skin cancer on his face without knowing it?

Greatly varies: It may take years before someone may become aware of a skin cancer. There are slow growing cancers that grow underneath the surface and are more difficult to detect. That's why someone may have a very large skin cancer (growing deep but not appearing on the surface) and not be aware until it's grown very big and appears on the surface. A skin cancer may pop up suddenly and grow fast within days. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you have a basal cell skin cancer on your face without knowing it?

One variety hides: Most forms of skin cancer grow outward an are noticed. One form, morpheaform looks like a flat white freckle and can go unnoticed. It is also the most likely to recur after surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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Hsv Type 1 And 2 (Definition)

A variety of infections caused by herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2. Type 1 infections are marked by the eruption of vesicles on lips or at the external nares; type 2 by such lesions on the genitalia. Both types often are dormant and reappear during febrile illnesses or even physiologic states such as menstruation. The viruses become latent and and may not ...Read more


Dr. Murphy Townsend iii
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Urologic Oncology (Definition)

All medical, surgical, chemotherapeutic & radiotherapeutic aspects of management and care of urologic malignancies, i.e. cancer of kidney, ureter, bladder, urethra, prostate testicle and adrenal gland. Physicians involved can be urologists, medical oncologists, ...Read more