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Basal Cell Carcinoma Biopsy Possible If Ingrown Hairs
I agree: Bcc is possible on any part of the skin. However, ingrown hairs are not a risk factor for bcc. ...Read more
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
Probably not: Hairs do not generally grow on a bump. This is more likely to be a compound nevus (mole). However, if it should change, seek the advice of a dermatologist. ...Read more
None, that I know of: I think sometimes patients think they have an ingrown hair when they actually have a small basal cell skin cancer. Otherwise, I can think of no real relationship between these two conditions. Basal cell carcinoma is a form of skin cancer usually caused by exposure to ultraviolet light (sun, tanning bed, welding torch, etc.) ingrown hairs are, well, ingrown hairs... ...Read more
What's the best method of getting rid of basal cell carcinoma? Freezing it off? Biopsy? Fluorouracil cream treatments?
Yes: Usually skin cancers ruin the local hairs fairly early, but having one is no proof it isn't something nasty. Get it seen if you have any concern. ...Read more
Is it safe for a pt with history of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (father died of malignant melanoma and sister has had a melanoma removed) to take enbrel (etanercept) for ra? Red hair, blue eyes.
Immunosuppressant: Enbrel (etanercept) is an immunosupressant to minimize yuur bodies attack of itself. Anything that lowers your immune system may increase your risk for certain cancers such as lymphoma, basal and squamous cell cancers, particularly if you are already fair skinned. Good sun block, wide brimmed hats, minimize sun exposure, etc. Your doctor should be able to discuss the relative risks of treatment of enbrel (etanercept). ...Read more
Could basal cell carcinoma at an early age (28 y/o f) be a indicator of worse cancer to come? I use all the precautions and don't tan.
Possibly yes: Unfortunately some basal cell cancers may not be directly related to sun exposure and I have seen this in certain individuals as young as 5 years old with a genetic disease that predisposes them to recurrent bcc. Having one bcc in isolation doses still place you at a higher risk for a second bcc. I would advise close follow up with a dermatologist for routine surveillance examinations. ...Read more
Stay out of sun!: Or use a sunscreen with an spf over 15 always! The ultraviolet damage is cumulative, so the damage to your exposed skin lasts a lifetime--look at the neckline area compared to the covered breast skin in an older man or woman! If you have a bcc it must be removed, but rarely spreads or kills (unless irritated or ignored). See a plastic surgeon, not a non-surgeon. ...Read more
I am klein and I am suffering from basal cell carcinoma skin cancer. I want to know how to cure skin cancer?
Surgery: Surgical excision is the mainstay of treatment. ...Read more
How can I tell if a mole is basal cell carcinoma? How can I tell if a mole that develops on my skin could be showing signs of basal cell carcinoma? .
What is adenoid basal cell carcinoma of the cervix. And is it separate from the CIN 3 I currently have?
Sev ways: Best choice is surgery. If on the face ears or hands, should be reconstructed by an asps plastic surgeon. A flap or graft may be needed to reconstruct. Radiation is also possible. There's a new chemotherapy in a pill for basal cell. In some cases, palliative electrodessication is used. ...Read more
Sooner the Better: Once the diagnosis of basal cell cancer has been made, it’s time to plan to get it treated. Although bcca is one of the most “benign” of all cancers, it will continue to grow and become a bigger and bigger problem the longer you wait. So talk with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon within the next couple of weeks to plan out a strategy to treat your basal cell carcinoma. ...Read more
Sir. I'm a student, 21 year old. I am afraid that I have basal cell carcinoma? On my chest or sternal area, small about 3mm, rised edges.
How likely is it that a 20 y/o man will get Basal Cell Carcinoma on their abdomen? Do BCS's have clear liquid in them or no? Just curious.
My friend has a bump on her shoulder and is worried it could be cancer like basal cell carcinoma. Any opinions? Http://i.Imgur. Com/ou1qtcr. Jpg
Biopsy: If a lesion looks suspicious a biopsy should we done to dictate the treatment. ...Read more
Maybe: It really depends on the size of the cancer, the doctors preferences and you as an individual. In my experience almost all of patiients tolerate it quite well under local anesthesia, however I have treated some patients with very large tumors requiring a significant reconstruction who would be done under a general anesthetic. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more
How can I be sure that my basal cell carcinoma on my forehead has been cured completely after surgery?
I was just diagnosed with basal - cell carcinoma (skin, face). What type of doctor treats this disease?
Many different docs: Basal cell carcinoma is a very common skin cancer that does need to be treated but fortunately rarely becomes life threatening. Many different specialists would be comfortable treating this including plastic, head ; neck, and ENT surgeons as well as dermatologists. Depending on the subtype and location of your lesion, a dermatologist specializing in mohs surgery might be appropriate as well. ...Read more
I have a rough patch of skin in the inside of my knee that won't go away. Been there for around a month. Is it squamous or basal cell carcinoma?
Biopsy: Despite the fact that for the trained eye a nodular basal cell carcinoma is easy to identify clinically, all suspicious lesions need to be biopsied and examined under a microscope to make a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more
Depends: It is much more likely than the risk of a nonsunbather, but one also has to take into account how light the complexion is. Very fair persons are prone to sun related skin cancers. ...Read more
Don't neglect it: These little nuisance things will eat right through your skull if you neglect them. Fortunately, they very seldom spread to distant locations. Have it excised. If you want a big scar, opt for simple excision. If you want a small scar, microsurgery is available with the local pathologist telling the local surgeon whether he/she needs to cut more from a particular. ...Read more
Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more
Basal cell carcinoma or bcc is the most common type of skin cancer. There are millions of them each year in the us. They are caused by sun exposure and ultraviolet light (tanning beds) and are very common on the face. It is very rare for them to metastasize or spread to other parts of the body. They can be easily cured with ...Read more
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