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Why are old people more likely to develop cataracts and skin cancer?

Why are old people more likely to develop cataracts and skin cancer?

Age: Older age increases cataract formation since it's a natural aging process, plus more cellular replication over time and environmental exacerbating factors such as uv sunlight can lead to acceleration of cell division, and mutations of a susceptible lesion that can turn into cancer. ...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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Cancer: Can being in the year round hot sun in Florida cause early cataracts and skin cancer?

Cancer: Can being in the year round hot sun in Florida cause early cataracts and skin cancer?

Florida living: A lifetime of increased UV sun exposure (not heat),wherever it happens,is associated with a few things, including an increased risks of possible skin cancer,so be checked by the doctor Another fact is that cataracts (that form in everybody if they live long enough) will start to form a few years earlier if you have a lifetime of increased UV exposure, but there are other factors so have fun in FL ...Read more

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What percent of light skinned red heads get skin cancer, compared to the average u.S. Population?

What percent of light skinned red heads get skin cancer, compared to the average u.S. Population?

Higher than normal.: Although there is likely no universal percentage of skn cancer in a population, fair skinned people are the most prone group, and there have been many seperate studies showing this. This has to do with ultraviolet light exposure, and not enough pigment protection. All forms (melanoma, basal cell, squamous cell) are higher in this group. Use of sunscreen, and less exposure helps lower risk. ...Read more

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Does skin cancer itch?

It can: Certain skin cancers, basal cell can instill an inflammatory respond in the surrounding skin which can "itch." best to see a doctor if you have a questions. ...Read more

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How does skin cancer grow?

Local growth mostly: Mostly skin cancers (like all cancers) grow locally, spreading both side to side as well as down. For melanomas in particular, deep growth is more dangerous. Cancers also can jump (or metastasize) via lymphatic vessels or blood vessels. This can lead to spread to local lymph nodes or distant sites like the lungs, liver, brain, etc. ...Read more

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How do you get skin cancer?

How do you get skin cancer?

Sun damage: The most important risk factor is sun exposure, and the damage that comes from that . Other things can contribute including your genetics and family history. Wearing appropriate clothing and use of sunblock is the most important thing you can do to help skin cancer. ...Read more

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How does skin cancer begin?

How does skin cancer begin?

Sun damage: With rare exception, most skin cancers are caused by sun damage. Any new skin bump which is new, enlarging, and changing is concerning. The older you are, and the more sun exposure you have had, the higher the risk of skin cancer. Melanomas risk is remembered as abcd: asymmetry, irregular borders, irregular coloration, diameter >6mm. If in doubt, have it check out by your doctor. ...Read more

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How do you treat skin cancer?

Surgery: Skin cancers is usually treated by surgical excision. This allows you to assess that the margins are clear and will allow you to stage the tumor appropriately. Occasionally, in poor surgical candidates, non-surgical modalities may be employed. ...Read more

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Can skin cancer be transmitted?

Can skin cancer be transmitted?

Not possible: Skin cancer is not contagious and can not be transmitted from one person to another. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common 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 & ...Read more


Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Cataracts (Definition)

A cataract is a clouding (or change in protein composition) of the normally clear lens (which is located behind the pupil and iris) inside the eye. Cataracts are most commonly due to aging, but can be congenital (born with it), due to trauma or uveitis (eye inflammation). The condition can worsen by long-term topical steroid ...Read more