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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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Can guided imagery help cancer patients cope with chronic pain?

Can guided imagery help cancer patients cope with chronic pain?

Yes: Guided imagery and hypnotherapy can also change how our brain processes pain. The experience of pain is related to the source of the pain signal and what the brain does with that pain signal. I've had people with broken legs sitting and smiling because they felt no pain. Guided imagery can change the perception of the pain. ...Read more

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Why is out ok for cancer patients to get help with chronic pain with narcotics for a long timebut not people with chronic painful diseases? A Dr posted that on here one

Why is out ok for cancer patients to get help with chronic pain with narcotics for a long timebut not people with chronic painful diseases? A Dr posted that on here one

Because they: Generally have a more life-threatening disease with less chance of chronic addiction and all the side effects of narcotics, and doctors are probably less likely to be scrutinized by state medical boards ...Read more

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What may be going on with my body? I had cervical cancer 4 years ago. I am 23 and I have had chronic pain since I gave birth to my son 4 years ago.

What may be going on with my body? I had cervical cancer 4 years ago. I am 23 and I have had chronic pain since I gave birth to my son 4 years ago.

You need to see MD: We can not understand what you are trying to ask or know on this site, we are here to help people who have legitimate questions but your question does not make any sence and seems to be not for this site
having said that, you had cervical cancer and you have pain where? For four years and you have not contacted your doctors and you want us to tell you what is going on with your body
ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Left thigh/buttock feels swollen and deep chronic pain for over a year now. Pt hasn't helped. What's going on? Worried about cancer..

Left thigh/buttock feels swollen and deep chronic pain for over a year now. Pt hasn't helped. What's going on? Worried about cancer..

Had a CT?: Have you had the area cat scanned? If so, and not helpful, an MRI might show a muscle or tendon injury. An orthopedic surgeon might be helpful with this.
While cancer is never out of the question, there are many other causes for these symptoms. ...Read more

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Severe spine pain when pushed on gently, 2 spots one in lower one in mid back. Could this be spinal cancer? Chronic pain, had scoliosis xray 6 m ago.

Severe spine pain when pushed on gently, 2 spots one in lower one in mid back. Could this be spinal cancer? Chronic pain, had scoliosis xray 6 m ago.

Unlikely: Bone cancer does cause spinal pain but many other causes are more likely to be the source of your pain. Bone cancer is sometimes felt as a lump and is often worse at night. X-rays can be helpful as yours did not show signs of cancer. Other tests can be done if needed. If pain is chronic, it is more likely to be mechanical pain in joints, muscles, or due to disc problems. ...Read more

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40 years old woman with chronic pain in left shoulder+ left breast pain becomes worse during period and ECG+Echo are normal, is it breast cancer?

40 years old woman with chronic pain in left shoulder+ left breast pain becomes worse during period and ECG+Echo are normal, is it breast cancer?

Need mamogram/ultra: This can be a number of things. breast pain is not a common presenting symptom of breast cancer, but can occur. Breast pain during menses is common due to enlargement of the breast ducts during the estrogen surge. I would have a mammogram or ultrasound if you have a painful lump, although this is usually due to fibrocystic disease ...Read more

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Last 4 weeks had chronic pain under left shoulder blade & down arm & tingling fingers & sore left breast. Heating pad helps. Can this be lung cancer?

Pinched nerve: The pain that you describe is more likely from a herniated disc or stenosis of the cervical spine (arthritis) than lung cancer. An MRI of the cervical spine and brachial plexus will determine if this is a spine problem or a cancer problem. See a spine specialist to determine the cause of the pain and to begin a treatment plan. ...Read more

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What is melanoma skin cancer?

What is melanoma skin cancer?

Aggressive cancer: Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin. These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into cancer it can grow radially and deeply which can be dangerous as it can subsequently spread to other areas of the body. There are genetic predispositions as well as ultraviolet radiation exposure and sunburns are risk factors. ...Read more

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How common is melanoma skin cancer?

How common is melanoma skin cancer?

21 per 100k people: 21 per 100000 men and women per year. It is estimated 76, 690 new cases and 9480 deaths in 2013 due to melanoma. ...Read more

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Is melanoma cancer curable/reversible?

Is melanoma cancer curable/reversible?

Very curable: In its early stages. Once it has spread from the primary site to other organs, the prognosis is much worse. Early treatment is key to a good outcome. ...Read more

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What to do about melanoma; skin cancer.?

What to do about melanoma; skin cancer.?

Melanoma: Things to do about melanoma:
1. Prevention: avoid sun exposure between 10am & 4pm. Use broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.
2. Detection: get to know your skin, do monthly skin self exam, including genital/perianal area. Show new or changing moles to dermatologist asap
if melanoma is diagnosed early, chances of cure are high. No truly effective tx for late/metastatic melanoma. Early detection is key. ...Read more

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What exactly is non-melanoma skin cancer?

What exactly is non-melanoma skin cancer?

Other skin cancer: That means the 2 more common skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the causes of melanoma cancers?

Doctors, what are the causes of melanoma cancers?

Sun exposure: Melanoma is mainly caused by sun exposure (this includes tanning beds). People with fair skin are more prone to developing it. There are also some rare genetic disorders that can also predispose you to getting melanoma. The best way to prevent it is to avoid prolonged sun exposure and use sunblock lotion. ...Read more

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Is there a melanoma cancer walk or a melanoma society?

Is there a melanoma cancer walk or a melanoma society?

Yes: Melanoma is a lethal disease if untreated, early detection and excision will cure melanoma. Awareness and education is essential to cure, which is done by melanoma walks in your local area, several organisations like melanoma research alliance, melanoma. Org etc contact your local american society office for more information or your local hospital. ...Read more

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How can someone know if they have melanoma skin cancer?

How can someone know if they have melanoma skin cancer?

Skin exam: Skin cancer screening is very important, particularly in high risk people who have positive family history of skin cancer, who easily burn, who have had many sun burns in their youth, who have fair complexion, who smoke, who live in sunny climates, who use sun tan salons, and who have many atypical moles. A dermatologist is an expert who can evaluate your skin and provide treatment if necessary. ...Read more

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What are the signs when you get a skin cancer/melanoma?

Modified alphabet: A: asymetry of the borders, when folded in half the two halves of the mole do not match

b: border irregularity, they are jagged uneven, not smooth

c: variegated and multiple

d: diameter >4mm

e: elevation, growing up off the skin surface, or evolution (it is changing in some way)

u: ulceration, the skin surface has broken down

****any lesion that is new or changing deserves further analysis, see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Which oral medication is available for melanoma skin cancer?

Which oral medication is available for melanoma skin cancer?

Nothing: There is no really good oral med for melanoma. Once the tumor has spread systemic interferon is often used. There are new drugs being developed. Melanama traditionally has been resistent to most types of medications. The mainstay of treatment for melanoma remains surgery. ...Read more

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Help docs! I'm trying to find out what causes the melanoma cancer?

Unknown: Many factors appear to impact melanoma, including genetic (family) factors, sun radiation exposure and damage, etc. Normal cell division is impacted, causing replication of pigment producing cells rapidly and abnormally. Important to seek medical attn. For sites changing color, shape, size or irritability (itching, stinging, etc) often are symptoms. ...Read more

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What kind of tests are done in the follow-up for melanoma skin cancer?

Skin exams: Complete skin examinations at least four times a year. Once you develop one melanoma, you are at risk for developing an additional melanoma. Also depending on the level of risk associated with your particular melanoma imaging may be ordered to assess for the development of distant disease. ...Read more

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Can someone be truly cured of a serious cancer like lymphoma or melanoma?

Yes: Of course all cases are different but many people with either melanoma or lymphoma appear to be cured by their treatment, . ...Read more

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Can someone who doesn't spend a lot of time outside get melanoma skin cancer?

Yes: Sun exposure increases your risk but anyone of any race can get melanoma. Bob Marley died of melanoma in his 30's. : ( ...Read more

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How can it be that melanoma skin cancers spread quicker than internal cancers?

Melanoma: Melanoma has the potential to spread quickly through the blood and lymph systems if not detected early. ...Read more

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What can I do if my grandfather was found today to have melanoma skin cancer. How long could he possibly live?

What can I do if my grandfather was found today to have melanoma skin cancer. How long could he possibly live?

Melanoma: Melanoma prognosis depends on lymph node spread. The possibility of lymph node spread is directly dependent on depth of the melanoma (breslow depth). Staging uses the depth and lymph node involvement. ...Read more

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Does melanoma typically present with a mark or lesion of some sort? Can it be present with an itch and no visible abnormality? Other skin cancers?

Does melanoma typically present with a mark or lesion of some sort? Can it be present with an itch and no visible abnormality? Other skin cancers?

Mole: Any itchy, painful, sensitive, or changing mole should be evaluated by a dermatologist for skin cancer. Most but not all melanoma presents as a dark, irregular bordered spot or growth. ...Read more

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Is Melanoma a vitamin D deficient cancer?

Is Melanoma a vitamin D deficient cancer?

No: Melanoma is a skin cancer due in part to exposure to UV light, including sunlight and in part attributable to hereditary predisposition. Vitamin D deficiency per se is not a known cause of melanoma. ...Read more

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Can you get melanoma cancer twice?

Can you get melanoma cancer twice?

Yes possible: Yes it is possible to get another new lesion and is the reason, need close observation after initial treatment ...Read more

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Could it be melanoma or any other cancer?

Could it be melanoma or any other cancer?

Can't tell: I'm not sure if you loaded a picture of whatever is concerning you but regardless, if you have any lesion on the skin that looks suspicious or has changed noticeably, please see your family doc or dermatologist. Sometimes you cannot tell by just looking at it. ...Read more

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For what length of time can someone live with melanoma cancer?

Melanoma survival: If you treat your melanoma early, your life expectancy shouldn't be affected. If it has metastasized or spread, survival depends on how good your own body can mount a defense. In general, the deeper the melanoma, the worse your prognosis. You can stage your disease and find out what life expectancies are for each stage. ...Read more

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How can they check for melanoma/skin cancer?

How can they check for melanoma/skin cancer?

Skin cancer check: A dermatologist will carefully visually inspect exposed skin from head to toe for signs of skin cancer such as a mole that changes size, color, or shape. A spot or growth that is not healing for a couple of months, itches, bleeds or is tender may represent skin cancer. A magnifying device, special lighting, or even an optical device called melafind may all be utilized. ...Read more

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Could sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma?

Could sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma?

Yes yes yes!!!: I will admit there are few things lovelier than a well tanned female body but in the end, a tan is a response to injury and ultimately not good for you. Sun exposure will increase the risk for skin cancers of all types, including the potentially deadly melanoma. It will also cause premature skin aging. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure (and tanning beds as well). Best to you. ...Read more

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What should I do about melanoma vs basal skin cancer.?

What should I do about melanoma vs basal skin cancer.?

Dermatologist: What you should do is to go to see a dermatologist as soon as possible. Your dematologist will be able to tell you the diagnosis and deliver the necessary treatment- a resection - to remove it. ...Read more

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What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

Depends on location: Surgical removal of skin cancers is effective and the risks are associated with the size and location. Bleeding, infection and poor cosmetic outcome are all risks. Delayed healing in areas of poor blood flow is also a risk. Other treatments such as radiation can be successful as well with similar results and better cosmetic outcomes. ...Read more

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Can sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma? Any answers appreciated!

Can sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma? Any answers appreciated!

Yes & Yes.: This is why it is so important to protect your skin at all times. ...Read more

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Can someone get around throughout their cancer with metastatic melanoma?

Can someone get around throughout their cancer with metastatic melanoma?

I'm not sure...: ...What you mean, as your question is confusing, but if you are asking if metastatic melanoma is curable, the answer in the vast majority of cases is sadly no. Does not mean it cannot be treated, but the patient needs to know the limitations of the therapy. ...Read more

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Could melanoma or any kind of skin cancer have an effect on your ferritin level?

Not likley: A tumor in the skin is not likely to affect ferritin levels, unless it has spread to the liver. ...Read more

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I just found out I have melanoma skin cancer, stage 2. Any good oral medication for it?

I just found out I have melanoma skin cancer, stage 2. Any good oral medication for it?

Melanoma surgery: If you have melanoma on the skin the only good treatment is complete surgical removal. If you have melanoma that is spread in the body then you need chemotherapy. Stage 2 would require complete surgical removal and then some testing to make sure there is no spread in to the glands or the other body parts. No oral medication will fix melanoma. ...Read more

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Is the cancer likely to recur following treatment? What steps can I take to reduce the risk of additional new melanomas?

Frequent skin checks: Indeed having a personal history of melanoma increases your risk of developing a second melanoma. Statistics have shown at least nine times higher risk than the general population, approximately 11% will develop a second melanoma in 5 years. The 2nd tends to be at an earlier stage likely because of close observation, again highlighting the importance of frequent routine skin checks. ...Read more

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. Travis Kidner
2,633 Doctors shared insights

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


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