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What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

Depends on location: Surgical removal of skin cancers is effective and the risks are associated with the size and location. Bleeding, infection and poor cosmetic outcome are all risks. Delayed healing in areas of poor blood flow is also a risk. Other treatments such as radiation can be successful as well with similar results and better cosmetic outcomes. ...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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Can plastic surgeons remove skin from noses for a small are of skin cancer?

Can  plastic surgeons remove skin from noses for a small are of skin cancer?

Yes--: That's the kind of thing I do very frequently. Small skin cancers on the nose can be removed and reconstructed with local tissue giving an excellent cosmetic result. ...Read more

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What is the risk of skin cancer from painful mole?

What is the risk of skin cancer from painful mole?

It depends: A painful mole is probable an irritated or inflammed mole. Please show it to your doctor to help you to take care of it by either removal or some giving you some local medication. ...Read more

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Is a squamous cell carcinoma a skin cancer?

Is a squamous cell carcinoma a skin cancer?

Type of skin cancer: There 3 main types of skin cancers basal cell carcinoma which rarely spreads, squamous cell carcinoma which arises from the top layers of the skin and can spread and melanoma which arises from the pigment cells. Ssquamous cell carcinomas can start as actinic keratosis, precancerous lesion and then evolve into nosema disease and well to moderately, to poorly differentiated cancer. ...Read more

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Can a biopsy show how aggressive squamous cell carcinoma of the skin is?

Can a biopsy show how aggressive squamous cell carcinoma of the skin is?

Yes: The borders, the extent of invasion, the depth of invasion, if there is perineural (around nerves), intravascular (within vessels), mitoses (number of division bodies), and if there is necrosis (cell death): these are all measures of how agressive a cancer is. ...Read more

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Is a mole a sign of skin cancer or it can be a sign of other types of cancer ?

Is a mole a sign of  skin cancer or it can be a sign of other types of cancer ?

Most often not!: There are many different moles or lesions that present on the skin during a persons lifetime. The vast majority are benign and of no consequence except for maybe appearance concerns. However there are certain moles or skin lesions that need to be evaluated because of their characteristics. Color changes, inflammation, enlargement are all things that should be checked by a physician ...Read more

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Radical mastectomy is a type of surgery for breast cancer that involves removing all of the breast tissue, is this true?

Radical mastectomy is a type of surgery for breast cancer that involves removing all of the breast tissue, is this true?

Yes: A radical mastectomy is an older operation that is not performed anymore. It involved removing the entire breast, the pectoralis major muscle and all of the lymph nodes underneath the arm. A modified radical mastectomy might be what you are asking about. This operation removes the entire breast along with all of the lymph nodes underneath the arm. ...Read more

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Can exposure to radiation from laser hair removal of chin be a cause of thyroid cancer?

Can exposure to  radiation from laser hair removal of chin be a cause of thyroid cancer?

unlikely: Thyroid cancers are not rare. All lasers used on people have to be approved by the fda to be safe in regards to radiation exposure. ...Read more

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Is a seborrheic keratosis is a malignant skin cancer tumor or benign?

Is a seborrheic keratosis is a malignant skin cancer tumor or benign?

Benign: Sk's are easily confused for skin cancers due to their large size, irregular shape, and being multicolored. A trained dermatologist can easily spot the difference but very confusing for patients and other doctors. People can have hundreds or even thousands of sk's on their body and they are all benign. But having these cover the body may make it difficult to monitor for skin cancers. ...Read more

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Does a growing lump on a one-stage immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy because of cancer followed by a tissue flap procedure meancancer?

Does a growing lump  on a one-stage immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy because of cancer followed by a tissue flap procedure meancancer?

Must get it checked: A new lump doesn't necessarily mean cancer, but you definitely must get it checked out to be sure. New lumps can appear after mastectomy and reconstruction, more with flap surgery than implants. More often than not, it is fat necrosis (hard fat) or scar tissue. Fat turns hard when the blood supply to that area isn't quite as good as it should be. Neither fat necrosis or scar tissue are harmful. ...Read more

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What is the surgical procedure for removing a sebaceous cyst and skin tag?

What is the surgical procedure for removing a sebaceous cyst and skin tag?

Incision/hypercation: Sebaceous cysts are nasty. They need to be cut out and the 'coating' around them needs to be carefully removed or it will return. Skin tags are easy. They can be scrapped off, cyrofreezed off with liquid nitrogen or burned off with an electrical current. ...Read more

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Are acrochordons a malignant tumor or skin cancer?

Are acrochordons a malignant tumor or skin cancer?

Neither: Acrochordons are a fancy name for skin tags, which are benign (not cancerous) growths that tend to occur as we age. They can often be found on the neck, armpits, and groin-- pretty much anywhere where the skin tends to rub. No one knows what causes them, but they are definitely not dangerous. Many things can look like skin tags though, so best to see your dermatologist to check them out. ...Read more

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Is protection against skin cancer a sufficient explanation for evolution of darker skin?

Is protection against skin cancer a sufficient explanation for evolution of darker skin?

Possibly: But i also suspect that light skin is actually the evolutionary adaptation and that it occurred so that people didn't get rickets (severe vitamin d deficiency) as they migrated away from equatorial regions to higher latitudes where there is less uv driven vitamin d production. I also suspect its why scandinavian and alaskan native diets are rich in salmon and cod liver oil (tons of vit d). ...Read more

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Which type of cancer would benefit from the surgical removal of a tumor?

Which type of cancer would benefit from the surgical removal of a tumor?

Epithelial tumors: Most if not all epithelial based tumors, that is colon, lung, ovary, breast are based treated by surgical removal of the primary. Lymphoid tumors such as lymphosarcoma, myeloma aand other tumor expressing CD20 are best treated by radiation, Rituxan (rituximab) and CHOPP chemo immunotherapy. More recently CAR- T therapy has been added to the regimen for lymphoid and CD 19 leukemias ...Read more

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Melanocytic Nevus with arch disorder and mild cytologic atypia of melancytes found from mole shave biopsy. what is the treatment for this?

Melanocytic Nevus with arch disorder and mild cytologic atypia of melancytes found from mole shave biopsy. what is the treatment for this?

Removal of nevus: Excision of mole is preferred method , it gives complete picture , not missing any area of potential malignant cells . Good news you don't have , but have atypical cells , so speak to your doctor for possible excision of whole mole and analyzing ( biopsy ) it. ...Read more

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Will an excision biopsy leave my breast looking disfigured? Area is small and 1.5 mm from skin.

Will an excision biopsy leave my breast looking disfigured? Area is small and 1.5 mm from skin.

The real questions: Forgive my frankness. The only things on your mind right now should be, 'do I have cancer? If it is not diagnosed and it kills me, how will the people who love me be affected?' you're an adult. I can't promise you that you won't notice where you've had the surgery. I doubt anyone else will be aware of anything. A man who'd care (and i've never met such a man) isn't worth keeping. Now be brave. ...Read more

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, with the cancerous (malignant) cells growing ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

A type of cancer that develops from pigment-containing ...Read more