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Doctor insights on: Do Facial Chemical Peels Increase Or Decrease Skin Cancer Risks

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Do facial chemical peels increase or decrease skin cancer risks?

Do facial chemical peels increase or decrease skin cancer risks?

May decrease: Deep chemical peels are generally used to treat moderately to severely sun-damaged skin that exhibits lines and pigment changes. Medically, they are also used to treat superficial cancerous lesions and pre-cancerous lesions and have been shown to decrease the appearance of these cancers. However, your overall risk is still related to sun exposure, genetics and other medical risk factors. ...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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Do chemical peels increase skin cancer?

Do chemical peels increase skin cancer?

No: There's no data to support that concern. If anything, they actually might help by taking off some early, superficial pre-cancerous lesions. ...Read more

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Could procedures like chemical peel, ultrasound, laser resurfacing cause skin cancer or any type of cancer?

Could procedures like chemical peel, ultrasound, laser resurfacing cause skin cancer or any type of cancer?

No: Chemical peel, ultrasound and other ways of manageing skin conditions essentially are unable to cause cancers especially of skin. The latter is causes by carcinogenic exposure, chronic exposure to ultraviolet light, and skin lesions such as cutaneous fistulas of long standing duration where viral involvement may be responsible. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could procedures like chemical peel, ultrasound, laser resurfacing cause skin cancer or any type of cancer?

Please tell me, could procedures like chemical peel, ultrasound, laser resurfacing cause skin cancer or any type of cancer?

Not really : 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. Certain types of laser resurfacing is actually beneficial to actinic damage or even precancerous lesions. ...Read more

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I found a spot on my nose that looks like it could be skin cancer but I was able to peel it off like a scab is it?

I found a spot on my nose that looks like it could be skin cancer but I was able to peel it off like a scab is it?

Possibly: sounds more like skin damage from the sun called Actinic Keratosis. Go to your primary care physician and they should be able to freeze it off. ...Read more

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Bad sunburn on back+stomach 10days ago. Done peeling now have brown freckle like spots on back of shoulders where burn was worst. Is this skin cancer?

Bad sunburn on back+stomach 10days ago. Done peeling now have brown freckle like spots on back of shoulders where burn was worst. Is this skin cancer?

Sun protection: Sun exposure can cause skin cancer, but this happens over many years of exposure. It is important to have good sun protection at all times. However, for severe sunburns, it does take time to heal from the exposure. Please see your doctor if these spots do not clear up in 2weeks as he or she may have some recommendations for helping your skin heal. ...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. 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