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Doctor insights on: Aldara Cream For Skin Cancer

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Bottom lip had skin cancer, treated w/aldara over 1 yr ago. Cancer gone. Lip still huge & chapped. Nothing helps it. Tried everything w/dermatologist.

Bottom lip had skin cancer, treated w/aldara over 1 yr ago. Cancer gone. Lip still huge & chapped. Nothing helps it. Tried everything w/dermatologist.

See Surg/Derm: This may very well be side effects of aldara (imiquimod). You should go see your dermatologist to find out. More importantly, you need to be sure that you don't have an underlying skin cancer. And if there is no recurrence, you can talk to a plastic surgeon or in some cases oral surgeons or ear/nose doctors about surgical options such as cheiloplasty. Where some or all of the damaged mucosa could be shaved. ...Read more

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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How does sun cream help prevent skin cancer?

How does sun cream  help prevent skin cancer?

Sunblock blocks sun: Sun damage causes damage to the skin which leads to skin cancer. Sun block and sun proof clothing prevent the damaging portion of light from damaging the skin's dna. It also prevents the premature aging of skin which occurs with sun damage. ...Read more

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Flurorouracil cream and skin cancer, what's the relationship?

Flurorouracil cream and skin cancer, what's the relationship?

Treatment: Primarily used to treat actinic keratosis a pre-malignant lesion that can degenerate into squamous cell carcinoma. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Going to hot country. Should I use less than factor 30 sun cream to get benefit of sun for osteoporosis or would this risk skin cancer. Please advise.

Going to hot country. Should I use less than factor 30 sun cream to get benefit of sun for osteoporosis or would this risk skin cancer. Please advise.

SPF: Look for spf 30 to provide adequate sun protection . Even with the sunscreen, some uvr ( ultraviolet radiation ) will still penetrate the skin. Only minutes without sunscreen are needed to generate vitamin d ...Read more

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Can people die of skin cancer before sun creams were invented ?

Can people die of skin cancer before sun creams were invented ?

Yes, they did: The most dangerous skin cancer is melanoma. Even with sun blocks one has to be vigilant though and have regular check ups. ...Read more

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Are mole removing creams harmful? I wanna remove a natural mole. But can I be at higher risk of getting skin cancer for doing this? Im 16.

Are  mole removing creams harmful? I wanna remove a natural mole. But can I be at higher risk of getting skin cancer for doing this? Im 16.

Creams not effective: If you have a dark mole you can not remove it with creams nor should you try. The only way to remove a true mole is to excise it completely. If your mole has irregular features it should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Can flurorouracil cream cause or cure skin cancer?

Can flurorouracil cream cause or cure skin cancer?

Cure skin cancer: This cream (also called Efudex) acts as a chemotherapy agent for helping eradicate some categories of superficial skin cancer e.g. superficial basal cell carcinoma, and also pre-cancerous lesions such as actinic keratosis. Causing cancer is not a documented side effect. See this link for more detail : http://www.rxlist.com/efudex-drug/patient-images-side-effects.htm ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more