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Cancer On Skin
Does Melanoma or any skin cancers appear on the skin for a few days, then disappear for a long time. Then reappear again? I have a mole doing this.
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
? 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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I found what I think is skin cancer on my leg, can I go to the emergency department or I have to find someplace else?
Primary care: The best place to start is with you primary care physician or dermatologist. ...Read more
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
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
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