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Any alternative cure for bcc skin cancer besides cutting it out?

Any alternative cure for bcc skin cancer besides cutting it out?

Yes, but. . .: Freezing, burning, topical chemotherapeutic creams, and radiation are all alternatives that can (in some cases) cure bcc. But often at the cost of greater or more disfiguring scarring, or additional risk (radiation). Skillful plastic surgical excision and reconstruction will yield the best cosmetic results possible, and the earlier the tumor is found and excised, the better the result! ...Read more

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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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What can be done to cure/prevent bcc? How dangerous is this kind of skin cancer?

What can be done to cure/prevent bcc? How dangerous is this kind of skin cancer?

Basal cell: Basal cell carcinoma is technically a type of skin cancer. However in comparison to melanoma, the more dangerous type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma is almost always easily cured by removing the lump and unlikely to spread. Avoiding sun damage is the key to prevention. ...Read more

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Is there a good cure for basal cell carcinoma skin cancer?

Is there a good cure for basal cell carcinoma skin cancer?

Options: Superficial basal cell can be treated with radiation, topical creams Aldara (imiquimod) and effudex, burning and scraping or surgical excision. Deeper basal cells are treated with radiation, scraping or excision. I prefer excision with clearance of margins by a pathologist. ...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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Can a basal cell carcinoma skin cancer, if left untreated eventually invade and become life threatening? It is on shoulder now for 8 years!

Invasion of BCC: While this is very very rare there have been reported cases. The main reason to have it removed is that the larger it gets the harder it is to remove. The scar will be bigger and you will wish you had it removed when it was smaller. ...Read more

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My path results came back from a lump I had removed saying I had basal cell carcinoma, does this mean I have skin cancer or just the lump is cancerous?

My path results came back from a lump I had removed saying I had basal cell carcinoma, does this mean I have skin cancer or just the lump is cancerous?

See a dermatologist: The best treatment for a biopsy proven basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is to have it surgically removed. However, bccs come in various subtypes from mild to more aggressive, and it it important to choose the best treatment. For areas on the head and neck, and cosmetically sensitive areas see an acms fellowship trained mohs surgeon. Visit http://www. Skincancermohssurgery. Org/ for more information. ...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?

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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How long does it take for an ak to turn into scc skin cancer? I've had one for ten years then it regressed should I be worried it spread?

How long does it take for an ak to turn into scc skin cancer? I've had one for ten years then it regressed should I be worried it spread?

No worry: Had actinic keratosis turned into cancer, you would have seen it at that site. AK does not spread into other organs.
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What is skin cancer?

What is skin cancer?

Abnormal cells: Skin cancer has become a concerning condition which affects approximately one in every five people today. There are several types of skin cancer, each of which is the result of abnormal cellular activity. Common forms of skin cancer are basal and squamous cell carcinomas and melanoma. Early treatment is ideal for optimal prognosis. Learn more about skin cancer at http://dermdocs. Com/. ...Read more

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Coler of skin cancer?

Coler of skin cancer?

Varies..: Melanomas are often pigmented (dark) lesions with asymmetric borders and different colors within the cancer. Other skin cancers are more "skin colored" but often have scaling, ulcerations, prominent blood vessels, or a pearly appearance. All skin cancers enlarge with time. If you have doubt about a spot on your skin get it checked out. ...Read more

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What causes skin cancer?

Sun damage, Genetics: There can be a family component to many cancers including skin cancers. This should not be taken lightly. Sun exposure is another large risk factor for skin cancer. The two together can be very dangerous. If you have a strong family history, lots of sun exposure, or any enlarging skin lesions, be evaluated by your local doctor and/or dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are the signs of skin cancer? |

What are the signs of skin cancer? |

New or changes: Get to know your skin by self-exam at least once a month. Look for new lesions or changes in pre-existing ones (color, shape, size, itches or hurts or bleeds). Some skin cancers start out by looking like a pimple but a pimple will go away, a skin cancer won't. If a lesion continues to persist or get bigger over a period of a month or 2, you should get it looked at by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What're the first signs of skin cancer?

What're the first signs of skin cancer?

Enlarging skin bumps: They can take a variety of different appearances depending on what type of cancer. Melanoma is the most aggressive, see the pic I attached. Squamous cells are scaly and can ulcerate if large. Basal cells are "pearly" and also can ulcerate and bleed. If you have concern for an enlarging spot on your skin, have it looked at by your md or dermatologist for evaluation and possible biopsy (in office. ...Read more

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What are the causes of skin cancer nowadays?

What are the causes of skin cancer nowadays?

Causes: Skin cancer is caused by errors or mutations in the dna of skin cells. This then causes the cells to grow out of control leading to cancer. This can be from exposure to uv light from the sun or tanning beds or from exposure to toxic substances. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving skin cancer?

What are the chances of surviving skin cancer?

Basal cell cancer: Basal cell cancer the most common kind of skin cancer is curable with surgery. It spreads very rarely. Squamous cell cancer is also cured with surgery however it has a tendency to spread especially when it has been neglected and grown large. Melanoma can metastasize as it grows deeper into the skin. Early treatment is usually curable. Radiation treatment of skin cancer can also be used. ...Read more

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What are the causes of skin cancer in adolescents?

What are the causes of skin cancer in adolescents?

UV exposure: Over exposure to uv rays from the sun or tanning beds are the most common cause. Genetics and family history also play a strong role. Number of moles especially large or atypical moles, skin and hair color, number of sunburns are risk factors. ...Read more

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What are the causes of skin cancer and what are the effects?

What are the causes of skin cancer and what are the effects?

Skin Cancer: Most skin cancers are generally felt to be caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. There are other causes. Basal cell skin cancer can usually be treated by local excision. Squamous cell skin cancer and melanoma are more aggressive and can metastasize. They require more extensive surgery. Any suspicious skin lesion should be biopsied. ...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


Dr. Arthur Balin
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Basal Cell Carcinoma (Definition)

Cancer arising from epithelial layer of the skin developing from basal cells, it is non melanotic. It is a concern with regard to local invasion and growth. Very rarely does it ever metastasize. Treatment centers around surgical excision. It develops usually in areas of sun exposure therefore common in ...Read more