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Does Skin Cancer Show Up In Blood Work
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
I have very strange white mole looking things on my skin. If I have skin cancer would it have shown up on my blood and urine work?
Different ways: Tumor markers, or blood tests for certain cancers can be used for screening, or to evaluate treatment. They are not "diagnostic" of cancer, and some are more specific than others. Psa is specific for prostate cancer but elevated psa is not diagnostic for prostate ca. Cea is useful for evaluating several types of cancer once diagnosed, but isn't at all a screening test. Read more
Perhaps indirectly: If bleeding and blood loss sufficient to produce anemia. Looking at blood results is not the way to diagnose colon cancer. Occult blood/guaiac card shows presence leading to colonoscopy for diagnosis. Treatment is right colectomy collecting at least 13 nodes. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've got a lot of boils in my butt. Maybe dec. 2014. Till now I already had 10+ boils. Is it sign of skin cancer or blood cancer or what?
Your doctor can help: Frequent infections (boils) can be due to diabetes (high blood sugar) or due to poor heigene especially if you are over weight. Bathing and liberal use of soap twice daily (morning/evening) would help. Also get your blood sugar checked. On rare cases, there is immune deficiency which can be checked for by an internist, so go see one. Read more
If you have a skin cancer and you exfoliate the area, will it cause the skin cancer to spread or even go internal/to blood stream?
My mom has found skin cancer spots and she has made her own "blood root remedity". She claims its working. Is this safe? I'm very concerned.
Dermatology eval: Skin cancer can be serious and should not go without proper diagnosis and treatment. Your mother should see her dermatologist for evaluation. If the skin spots look suspicious your doctor will do a biopsy and discuss treatment options. It is possible the spots on your moms face are not skin cancer but she should have it checked to be sure. Please do not let her ignore it or self treat it. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a blood lab test to reveal skin cancer, or only examination by the dermatologist would help? And are there systemic symptoms for skin cancer?
Does drawing on your wrist with sharpie/pen increase skin cancer risk or give you blood poisoning?
No data: There is nothing in the literature to suggest this Read more
I have had a dark red raised bump on my back for about 2 months - looks like a combination of a pimple and blood blister. Could this be skin cancer?
Skin lesion: Any lesion on the skin that has increased in size or changed in appearance should be evaluated by your doctor. If it has changed it should be removed. Read more
My body is covered in what looks like pimples. They keep growing & filling with a milky puss & crack open & seep blood then get deeper. Skin cancer?
I got some white spots on my stomach. This happened after bed tanning. I saw my doctor but she only ran blood test but no results. Can it be skin cancer?
Tanning beds = bad: My first advice for you would be to stop using tanning beds. Using tanning beds before the age of 35 increases your risk of melanoma by 75%. Blood tests are not useful in detecting skin cancers. If the spots remain, the best test is a small skin biopsy. www. Roxcancercenter. Com. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the risk that an adult who is 29yr old will get (blood/lung/skin) cancer from one chest CT scan?
0.05-0.25%: Nicely discussed here: http://www. Scientificamerican. Com/article/how-much-ct-scans-increase-risk-cancer/ however, there is no real science at the low doses used in medicine. This number is extrapolated from a higher dose measure with the assumption it will be the linear relationship at the lower dose level. Read more
I have a raised mole on my big toe nail? I think it is a mole, or is a blood clot. But I just noticed it the other day. Is it skin cancer?
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
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