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What are squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

What are squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Types of cancer: Malignant melanoma is a type of cancer that originates from the melanocytes. It often travels to distant locations in the body and is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma rarely travels to other parts of the body, but will recur locally if not treated appropriately. Squamous cell carcinoma rarely travels to other parts of the body. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer 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 and ...Read more


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Where to find more information on squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Where to find more information on squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Skin cancer: This question really cannot be answered in this setting. You should go on the computer and you can read all about these three types of skin cancers, . ...Read more

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What is the difference between: basal cell carcinoma epithelioma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Skin cancer: The difference between basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma has to do with how the skin cancer cells appear under the microscope as well as how they behave. Therefore it is important that they be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible by a healthcare professional who specializes in this area. ...Read more

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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.

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

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What is squamous cell vs basal cell skin cancer?

What is squamous cell vs basal cell skin cancer?

Different growth: Basal cell skin cancers often grow deeper and more destructive when left untreated causing large ulcerated areas. Squamous carcinomas more often spread radially and have a higher risk of spread to other organs if left untreated. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about basal cell carcinoma and squamous skin cancer (basosquamous)?

What can you tell me about basal cell carcinoma and squamous skin cancer (basosquamous)?

Common skin cancers: Basal cell followed by squamous Ca are the more common skin lesions. Bas=al cell almost never metastasizes compared to sqaumous cell Ca where if left will eventaujally spread to regional nodes. Early treatment for both is with Efudex (fluorouracil) (5FU) cream. When squamous is aggressive it can be removed by Mohs paste. Should nodal spread occur with squamous CA surgery followed by RT may be necessary. ...Read more

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What is the difference between squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma?

What is  the difference between squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma?

Different origins: Skin cancers are named for the type of skin cell that they develop from. A basal cell is generally a less dangerous tumor unless it is near an opening such as the nose, eye or ear. The squamous cell is more serious, requires a more aggressive surgical removal, and will sometimes spread inside the body (metastasize). ...Read more

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Can basal cell cancer increase my risk of melanoma?

Indirectly: Basal cell skin cancers are almost always due to sun exposure. Sun exposure (and bad sun burns) increase risk of melanoma. If you are 29 and have had a basal cell, you should make sure you are getting regular screening examinations with your dermatologist on whatever schedule he/she sees fit. Biopsy of any suspicious lesions is important. ...Read more

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Dose basal cell cancer increase my risk for melanoma?

Dose basal cell cancer increase my risk for melanoma?

A little bit: Yes, but not a great deal. The good news is that surveillance for any skin cancer is the same. Examine your own skin regularly, and keep your scheduled appointments with your doctor or dermatologist. Notify them if you see any lesions which are concerning for skin cancer. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Am i at a higher risk for melanoma due to basal cell skin cancer?

Am i at a higher risk for melanoma due to basal cell skin cancer?

Yes: Basal cell carcinoma is one o the most common malignancy in the us. Risk factors include uv radiation from sun exposure. This also increases your risk of melanoma. Make sure to get regular full body examinations from your dermatologist so any suspicious lesion can be caught early and biopsied. ...Read more

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Am I at higher risk for melanoma because I had basal cell skin cancer?

Am I at higher risk for melanoma because I had basal cell skin cancer?

Yes: You are more prone to skin cancer and should be checked although the increase in melanomas not statistically dramatic. ...Read more

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What are the differences between melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma?

What are the differences between melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma?

Different cell types: Melanomas originate from pigment producing cells called melanocytes, whereas squamous cell carcinomas from squamous cells in the skin. They appear different clinically. The former most frequently have irregular borders and many shades of brown, whereas the latter is often red scaly crusty plaques. However, rarely melanomas can loose their pigment and look like squamous cell ca. ...Read more

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Why does basal cell carcinoma have better prognosis than malignant melanoma?

Why does basal cell carcinoma have better prognosis than malignant melanoma?

Ability to travel: Basal cell carcinoma usually is limited to the site of disease. While it is possible for basal cell to metastasize it is very rare. In contrast melanoma travels through the lymphatic system and can form tumors in any location of the body. ...Read more

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What is the difference between "malignant melanoma" and "basal cell carcinoma"?

Types of cancer: Malignant melanoma is a type of cancer that originates from the melanocytes. It often travels to distant locations in the body and is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma rarely travels to other parts of the body, but will recur locally if not treated appropriately. ...Read more

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If this mole is an early skin cancer, how do I tell if it's a melanoma or a basal cell carcinoma?

If this mole is an early skin cancer, how do I tell if it's a melanoma or a basal cell carcinoma?

Get a Derm Consult: Melanoma typically is pigmented and has a dark color. Basal cell cancer may have a pearly appearance to it. However, you should not take a chance trying to diagnosis this yourself. Melanoma is a deadly disease and early detection can lead to a cure. Delayed detection can be fatal. ...Read more

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What does squamous cell skin cancer look like?

Different things...: Squamous cell skin cancer (scca) can take different appearances. In general the lesion will progressively enlarge. It is usually scaly and dry appearing and can have ulceration. It may bleed, esp. If picked at. It may be painless or itch. Early ones usually don't hurt. There are some benign skin lesions which mimic scca. Have any suspicious lesions examined and/or biopsied. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a squamous cell skin cancer to spread?

How long does it take for a squamous cell skin cancer to spread?

Spread is rare: Squamous cell cancer of the skin remains localized for many years and therefore is curable when excised with a small operation. it can spread if neglected for a long time(years). On rare occasions it can be more aggressive than the garden variety that I have described above. So it is best to take care of it within one or two months from the time of diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Surfield
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Basal Cell (Definition)

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


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

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