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Does Hydrogen Peroxide Cure Melanoma Skin Cancer
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
What percent of squamous cell skin cancers spread beyond skin? Also, how long does it typically take to spread once it forms?
May help: It is well known that tumors grow by a process of glycolysis wherein anaerobic metabolism controls proliferation of the cells (Warburg). Drugs decreasing blood supply to growing tumors essentially do not damage the cell. To accomplish that a patient is treated in a hyperbaric chamber where increase in O2 can destroy tumor. The same holds true for use of ozone therapy or hydrogen peroxide. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Slowly.: Cancer cells are damaged cells that can't stop reproducing. So they keep multiplying and don't stop. These cells also create a blood supply that feeds them all the nutrients you eat. Sometimes they spread to other areas of the body and keep multiplying and feeding off your food. Eventually your body doesn't get most of the nutrients and slowly dies while the cancer grows by stealing food. ...Read more
Despite Keratosis Pilaris (KP), I'm getting a tattoo. Once the tattoo heals, will exfoliation (loofah/body scrub/AmLactin lotion) harm the tattoo?
Unlikely: I'm a tattoo buff and have three of my own. Get it ONLY if it's something you've wanted for several years in exactly the form you're getting. Tattoos are in the dermis and keratosis pilaris is a curious epidermal illness. I hope that your choice of design is one that's deeply meaningful, and I admire your courage in asking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It's eggplant: A pricey concoction of eggplant featured on a far-out television show -- thankfully, promoted primarily for premalignancies that seldom progress. If you have a skin cancer that's a clear and present danger (possible melanoma, ulcerated basal cell carcinoma, rapidly growing anything), get evidence-based treatment instead of an "unproven / spiritual" remedy. It's your life. ...Read more
Darker is protective: Skin cancer is 20 times more likely in whites versus black skin. The darker the inherent color of the skin the less likely to get skin cancer. This does not mean to go and get a tan to protect or prevent cancer. In fact sun exposure, uv light exposure and tanning booths are all risk factors to get skin cancer. Using sun screens and preventing sunburns is helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Much too weak: Cystic acne seldom responds well to any measure short of isotretinoin, which is not for the faint-hearted. Only a dermatologist can prescribe it. There are adjuncts, but don't expect much benefit from hydrogen peroxide -- its penetrates poorly. Benzoyl peroxide is a mainstay against milder acne. ...Read more
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