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Does melanin in the skin prevent cancer?

Does melanin in the skin prevent cancer?

Yes, but partially: All skin colors can develop skin cancer but it is most common in lighter skin individuals . Skin cancer is less common in africans although they do develop skin cancer occasionally on the lip and sole and palms where there is less melanin. Even darker skin individuals should be examined as part of their exams for signs of skin 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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Will using a product that inhibits melanin production get rid of all pigmentation in the skin, or will it just prevent tanning?

Will using a product that inhibits melanin production get rid of all pigmentation in the skin, or will it just prevent tanning?

Could turn white: There is a product known as monobenzyl ether of hydrquinone.If you use it your skin will turn white. You should google it. I believe the brand name is ben a quick. ...Read more

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How does cancer produce dimpling of the overlying skin?

How does cancer produce dimpling of the overlying skin?

Dimpling: Sometimes the mass causes mild swelling around it that is not enough to be seen but it's enough to make the connective tissue/ligaments that support the breast to be pulled inward and causing skin dimpling. ...Read more

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Does the uv that causes skin cancer get through glass?

Does the uv that causes skin cancer get through glass?

Yes: You would need uv protection on the glass to be safe from the damaging properties of uv. ...Read more

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Can skin cancer cause a tumors in the body far away from the actual skin lesion?

Can skin cancer cause a tumors in the body far away from the actual skin lesion?

It's possible: Particularly for melanoma, one of the more aggressive types of skin cancer, tumors can sometimes occur in various areas of the body relatively far away from the original skin lesion. Sometimes a "sentinel" lymph node close to the original lesion is removed to check for early spread. However, for types of skin cancer like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, it is highly unlikely. ...Read more

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How does the sun protection clothing possibly reduce melanoma and skin cancer risks?

How does the sun protection clothing possibly reduce melanoma and skin cancer risks?

Decrease UV exposure: Uv exposure from the sun causes melanoma. Sun protection clothing will reduce your risk of melanoma and other skin cancers by decreasing your exposure to the harmful uv radiation. ...Read more

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By tanning in the sun, is it possible that the heat burns fat cells beneath the skin?

By tanning in the sun, is it possible that the heat burns fat cells beneath the skin?

No: There may be a slight increase in metabolism, but the sun does not penetrate to the fat layer. The damage to your skin from the ultraviolet light is not worth it in the long term! ...Read more

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What does Accutane do with the production of melanin in our skin?

What does Accutane do with the production of melanin in our skin?

Does not effect: Accutane has no effect on melanin production. It decreases sebum production which leads to smaller pore sizes and less oil in skin. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous for does tanning increase the likelihood of skin cancer?

Is it dangerous for does tanning increase the likelihood of skin cancer?

Yes, yes yes: The only safe tan, is one that comes from a can (or spray). Tanning is your body's response to sun damage. Sun damage increases your risk for skin cancer. Regular use of sunblock, appropriate clothing, etc all will reduce your long term risk of skin cancer. ...Read more

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Why does skin blister in the sun?

Blisters: Photodermatitis or sun poisoning is a form of allergic skin reaction. Among the many causes are lemon oil in fragrances, coal tars, paba in sunscreens, st. John's wort, benzoyl peroxide, tetracyclin antibiotics, retinoids, pellagra, some plants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents such as ibuprofen. ...Read more

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Can you catch skin cancer by touching the area that the other person has the skin cancer in ?

Can you catch skin cancer by touching the area that the other person has the skin cancer in ?

Absolutely Not!: All types of cancers no matter the type are a result of errors and damage to dna within the cells. This damage can transform cells so that they loose the ability to stop dividing and continue to grow and take over the area. There is no way to catch cancer from another person. However, certain cancers do have a genetic predisposition which may put family members at risk of developing cancers. ...Read more

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How does skin color affect skin cancer prevention?

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 more

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Is melanin on the skin the same as the melanin that forms in your eyes?

Is melanin on the skin the same as the melanin that forms in your eyes?

Melanin deposition: Yes. Melanin is melanin, and if you are having scleral deposition of melanin, it is the same chemical composition as the melanin in the skin. ...Read more

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Can urticaria convert to skin or blood cancer in future?

No: I'm going to assume this is common urticaria and not mastocytosis. There's no increased skin cancer risk, but especially if you're one of these redheads with a tendency to urticaria, do use sunscreen. There's no increased leukemia risk. ...Read more

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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

Melanin (Definition)

This is the normal dark pigment of the body which gives it its color and sunprotection as well. Albinos may lack this pigment and have significant health consequences due to that. Some internal organs or color with melanin such as the choroid of the eye and the meninges of the brain. Melanin producing cells can cause ...Read more