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Motor oil can cause cancer or irritate skin?

Motor oil can cause cancer or irritate skin?

No, Yes: Nobody's been able to measure an increased cancer risk consistently from motor oil; I think the studies of increased pancreatic cancer in mechanics are statistical flukes. The stuff does irritate your skin some if it's dirty. ...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 basal cancer of the skin affect my body?

How does basal cancer of the skin affect my body?

Local tissue: Destruction. Basal cell carcinomas of the skin invade surrounding tissues and destroy normal structures, including bone. A term for basal cell carcinoma is "rodent ulcer", likely based on its ability to gnaw at the surrounding tissues. Removal of the lesion is usually curative. ...Read more

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What percent of squamous cell skin cancers spread beyond skin? Also, how long does it typically take to spread once it forms?

What percent of squamous cell skin cancers spread beyond skin?  Also, how long does it typically take to spread once it forms?

A small percent: Majority of squamous cell skin can does not spread beyond skin if recognized and treated early. Most common location of spread are the lymph nodes ...Read more

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Getting a cancer check of skin with tattoo?

Getting a cancer check of skin with tattoo?

Rephrase question: If i can rephrase your question- you are asking how to check skin cancer if your skin is full with tattoo? The answer is-- it would be difficult. Your dermatologist really have to look very carefully to see if there is anything suspicious. You have to pay attention to your own body, if you feel a growth or something not right -bring that up to your doctor.And, dont add anymore tattoo, if you can. ...Read more

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I think I have cancer of the skin. Was small pale flat growth for years now pinker and bigger and itchy?

I think I have cancer of the skin. Was small pale flat growth for years now pinker and bigger and itchy?

See doctor: See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. A biopsy is required to confirm the diagnosis. Any suspicious lesions need to be properly evaluated. ...Read more

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Does baking soda for skin cancer ulcerate the skin?

Does baking soda for skin cancer ulcerate the skin?

Skin pH: Baking soda applied to skin can alter the ph and result in irritation, but not usually ulcerate it. If that occurs, it is usually the skin cancer itself causing the damage. It needs to be removed. ...Read more

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Does it ever happen that a squamous cell skin cancer grow under skin without any sign?

Usually not. : However some skin cancer can look like moles or other common growths. It is best to be checked by your doctor or dermatologist once a year. More frequently if you have a history of skin cancer or it runs in the family. ...Read more

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Is it not skin cancer if the skin that is sore eventually begins to heal and vanish?

Is it not skin cancer if the skin that is sore eventually begins to heal and vanish?

See below: If a sore on the skin, heals by itself, it is not cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Are sunburns, skin cancer and premature skin wrinkling preventable?

Are sunburns, skin cancer and premature skin wrinkling preventable?

Sunburn, skin cancer: Sunburns are implicated in skin cancer and aging. While tanning from sun exposure and tanning beds give you a "healthy glow", know that the "glow" is actually an indication of skin damage and inflammation. Prevent sunburns, reduce the risk of skin cancer and delay aging by limiting sun exposure, wearing minimum of spf 30 daily and getting any suspicious skin lesions examined. ...Read more

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Would intensive cancer surgery (not skin cancer) be attempted if the person has not been off warfarin for at least 5 days?

Would intensive cancer surgery (not skin cancer) be attempted if the person has not been off warfarin for at least 5 days?

Unlikely: Generally any elective surgery (even cancer surgery) is done off of Coumadin (warfarin). Sometimes your doctor will take you off of Coumadin (warfarin) and put you on a shorter acting injectable blood thinner like Lovenox. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i get mouth cancer from biting skin off the inside of my cheek?

Please tell me, could i get mouth cancer from biting skin off the inside of my cheek?

Cheek biting: Remote if at all possible. Try to stop anyway. See your dentist for a routine soft tissues head and neck exam every six months. ...Read more

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What types of breast cancer cause thick skin?

What types of breast cancer cause thick skin?

Inflammatory: Inflammatory breast carcinoma can cause rednes, swelling and thickening of the breast skin. Other types of breast cancer may also invade the subcutaneous or dermal tissue resulting in thickening of the skin. There are also noncancerous causes for skin thickening. Definitely breast evaluation by a breast care specialist is advisable.. ...Read more

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My wife is having skin rashes/irritation since last 2-3 months. She had recently under gone colon cancer surgery. The skin rashes are still continue.

My wife is having skin rashes/irritation since last 2-3 months. She had recently under gone colon cancer surgery. The skin rashes are still continue.

Post-op Rash: Depending if the rash is local to the colon surgery site or more generalized around her body would mean different things. Also radiation and chemotherapies also produce long term rash formations. Long standing, chronic, recurring or changing rashes (color, size and pain are examples of changes) should probably be biopsied for a more definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can cancer start in your skin?

How can  cancer start in your skin?

Sun and genetics: Most cancers start from ultraviolet damage damaging your dna. Melanoma is genetic and/or sun induced. A few other chemicals may also be carcinigenic such as ionizing radiation and arsenic. ...Read more

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How to tan healthily? Without getting cancer and skin damages

How to tan healthily? Without getting cancer and skin damages

Sunscreen : Sunscreen will not stop all if the ultraviolet radiation from reaching into the skin. The uvr that gets through will lead to tanning and sometimes burning . Remember there is no such thing as a safe tan. Tanning greatly increases your chances of developing skin cancer. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting cancer from skin bleaching creams?

What are the chances of getting cancer from skin bleaching creams?

Bleaching Creams: "i feel that hydroquinones are safe and effective treatment for pigmentary disorders, " taylor says. "i feel comfortable recommending that my patients continue to use hydroquinones if they have a pigmentary disorder." "i think the evidence is quite weak with the link between hydroquinones and cancer, " taylor tells webmd. "data on rats and mice cannot necessarily be extrapolated to human data. ...Read more

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Brief me on skin cancer and skin biopsies.

What is the Question: Please tell us what you want to know about skin biopsies? Skin Cancer is of 3 types: Basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer are relatively slow growing and considered rather benign in their behavior and are nearly 100 cured with a simple excision. Melanoma is less common, yet much more serious as a cancer as it tends to spread inside the body and can cause death once it spreads beyond the skin ...Read more