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Is leukemia a form of cancer?

Is leukemia a form of cancer?

Yes: Yes. Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells. Leuk = white -emia = blood general divisions are: acute (a) vs. Chronic (c) lymphoid (l) vs. Myeloid (m) giving the main leukemia types - aml, all, cml, cll. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common 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 & ...Read more


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What are the common areas of metastasis of melanoma?

What are the common areas of metastasis of melanoma?

Local and distant: Melanomas, like other cancers, can metastasize either locally or distantly. Local metastasis usually means to a lymph node in the area of the primary tumor. From there, other areas which commonly develop metastasis include the lungs, liver, and brain. However, metastases just about anywhere in the body are possible. ...Read more

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What is the rarest form of cancer?

What is the rarest form of cancer?

Why did you ask?: There are many cancers which are uncommon, some are rare. It depends on where you draw the line. Please ask a question which is meaningful and straight forward so that you receive more benefit than trying to test the doctor's knowledge. ...Read more

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Which types of breast cancer create thickening of the skin?

Which types of breast cancer create thickening of the skin?

Inflammatory : Breast cancer present as reddened overlying skin, compared to orange skin texture. This appearance is caused by cancer cell invasion of the dermis. This type of cancer is serious and has worse prognosis compared with other types. It requires chemotherapy and surgery at the outset. ...Read more

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What are the types of tumors for melanoma?

What are the types of tumors for melanoma?

4 main types: Most melanomas are called superficial spreading. Theyt tend to start by growing in the top planes of the skin and then go deeper. Nodular melanomas begin their vertical growth phase (burrowing deeper) earlier. Lentigo maligna are often on the face in the elderly and may be large. Acral lentiginous melanomas begin in fingers or toes and sometimes in the nonpigmented areas in dark-skinned people. ...Read more

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Symptoms of nodular skin cancers?

Symptoms of nodular skin cancers?

Several, listed...: Skin nodules with ulceration, pain, prominent blood vessels, pigmented sometime, and growth in size. Usually in sun exposed areas, but doesn't have to be. ...Read more

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Are people with a vast number of moles at risk of skin cancer?

Are people with a vast number of moles at risk of skin cancer?

Needs checked: The areas need to be checked by your physician especially if there are changes to moles such as thickening, changes in pigmentation, bleeding etc. ...Read more

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Which form of lung cancer has the best prognosis?

Which form of lung cancer has the best prognosis?

Bronchoalveolar has: The least tendency to metastasize (travel), but tantalizes surrgeons because it seems cured, and can pop up later. It has the best prognosis for surviving for 5 years, but it's because it commonly grows slowly not becuase doctors' interventions produce the desired effect. Also, new biologic markers (egfr) and mutations may indicate response to drugs. ...Read more

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Which type of cancers are incurable?

Which type of cancers are incurable?

Stage 4 cancer: Most stage 4 cancers are not curable. Stage 4 (or metastatic cancer) is when cancer has travelled to a distant place in the body. There are a few exceptions: many stage 4 testicular cancer or lymphoma may be curable. For stage 4 melanoma, a small percentage of patients may be cured with immunotherapy such as interleukin-2 or ipilimumab. ...Read more

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What are common forms of childhood cancer?

What are common forms of childhood cancer?

Childhood leukemias: Childhood leukemias taken together are the most common form of childhood cancers. This is followed by brain tumors, lymphomas, and bone and soft tissue sarcomas. Other common childhood cancers include neuroblastoma and wilms tumor. ...Read more

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Please describe the types of tumours for melanoma?

Please describe the types of tumours for melanoma?

Four basic types: 1) modular 2) superficial spreading 3) acral lentiginous 3) lentigo maligna are the four most basic types. Although usually pigmented not all melanomas are brown in appearance. ...Read more

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Please describe the types of tumours for melanoma?

Please describe the types of tumours for melanoma?

Many: First the otc products. These include toothpaste and rinse as well as the whitening strips. These along with good oral hygiene can get you a few shades lighter if you do not have dark/deep stains. Professional products include in-office, "power", bleaching as well as take home trays. The trays are typically a sufficent option and will get you up to 8-10 shades lighter. ...Read more

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What are effects of surgical excision of basal cell carcinoma?

What are effects of surgical excision of basal cell carcinoma?

Usually minimal: Assuming that the cancer is not very large most basal cells can be removed with minimal scarring. Using excisions along natural skin lines and using small suture for closure can minimize cosmetic defects. ...Read more

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What are the different stages of skin cancer?

What are the different stages of skin cancer?

Generalized answer: There are many different types of skin cancer and therefore there' is no one answer but most cancers have several stages speaking in general terms and these fall into premalignant with atypia, in situ, early, advanced, invasive, and metastatic. Furthermore most cancers will be staged by the tnm classification. ...Read more

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Which type of skin cancer accounts for largest number of cancer deaths?

Which type of skin cancer accounts for largest number of cancer deaths?

Melanoma: Melanomas, cancer of the pigment forming cells in the skin, malignant melanomas account for most of the deaths due to skin cancer. ...Read more

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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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Doctors, what are the causes of melanoma cancers?

Doctors, what are the causes of melanoma cancers?

Sun exposure: Melanoma is mainly caused by sun exposure (this includes tanning beds). People with fair skin are more prone to developing it. There are also some rare genetic disorders that can also predispose you to getting melanoma. The best way to prevent it is to avoid prolonged sun exposure and use sunblock lotion. ...Read more

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What is melanoma?

What is melanoma?

Skin cancer: Melanoma is a cancer that develops in the melanocytes, pigmented cells of the outer layer of skin. While it is related to sun and uv radiation, it is possible to get melanoma in areas that receive minimal sun exposure. Melanoma is generally considered the most dangerous form of skin cancer, more likely to metastasize than the more common basal or squamous cell cancers. ...Read more

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What is a melanoma?

A type of skin cance: Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that arises from the pigmented cells (melanocytes) in the skin. In general, it is more malignant than the other two common skin cancer types (basal cell and squamous cell), but early melanoma has a good prognosis. Look online for the abcde for diagnosing melanoma. If you have a suspicious mole - have it checked out by a deramatologist. It could save your life! ...Read more

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What exactly is a melanoma?

Cancer of melanocyte: Melanoma is cancer of melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the body that contains melanocytes. ...Read more

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Is melanoma hereditary? How?

Is melanoma hereditary? How?

IN A SENSE: A positive family history of melanoma is a risk factor. So is hair-blonde or red-color and eye-blue or green-color, which of course you inherit. The biggest risk factor, though, is sun exposure. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for melanoma?

White people in sun: Sun damage can lead to melanoma and people with fair skin sustain more injury from the sun more rapidly than their darker skinned counterparts. Sun protection from a young age is very important. You can read more at www.Melanomafoundation.Org. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose melanoma?

How do you diagnose melanoma?

Biopsy: Any suspicious looking skin lesion, esp if it grows fast or changes in color or starts bleeing, needs to be biopsied. It will reveal melanoma if present. ...Read more

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Can melanoma pop up suddenly?

Yes: Any change whether it be size or color or texture of a pigmented skin lesion is suspect for melanoma. You should get anything that changes checked even if it is something that changed suddenly. ...Read more

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How do I know I have melanoma?

Get checked!: Any suspicious lesion should be evaluated by a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist. A biopsy will give you a definitive answer regarding if it is a skin cancer, a pre-malignant lesion, or a benign lesion. ...Read more

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How often is melanoma 1-2 mm?

Quite common: Most melanomas in the US are diagnosed when they have thickness of 1mm to 3mm) are diagnosed in about 30% of patients and carry an intermediate prognosis with a risk of recurrence between 15-30%. ...Read more

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How quickly does melanoma grow?

It varies: What matters is how deep a given melanoma grows. Some tend to grow horizontally and do not spread. Others, stay small, but grow deep, and will spread quite quickly. If you have any concerns about a given spot, get it checked out. ...Read more

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How does a person get melanoma?

How does a person get melanoma?

Sun exposure: The most important cause of melanoma is uv light exposure, whether from the sun or from indoor tanning beds. Uv light exposure is associated with 65% of all melanoma. However, a combination of uv light exposure, environment, and genetics are probably linked in many cases. Hereditary melanoma occurs in less than 10% of patients. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about melanoma?

Can you tell me about melanoma?

Skin malignancy: Malignant melanoma is a highly malignant skin tumor, that if not brought under control by early surgical removal will metastasize to almost every organ in the body. Most important factor for aggressiveness was first Clarks level measuring depth of penetration but later changed to Breslows classification for thickness. Lesion less than 1mm favorable, more than 2 mm. not good. ...Read more

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Do I have melanoma, please help?

Go see your doctor: Tell us what you ahve..Is it a mole or something else that concerns you. ...Read more

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How common is melanoma under 5mm?

How common is melanoma under 5mm?

Not common: But possible, especially if it is growing and has characteristic appearance. It is best to show it to your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What should I know about melanoma?

What should I know about melanoma?

Malignant Melanoma: Aad malignant melanoma screening: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Melanoma?

Malignant Melanoma.: AAD Malignant Melanoma screening: ASYMMETRY: 1 half is unlike the other. BORDER: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. COLOR: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. DIAMETER: > 6 mm. EVOLVING: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...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, 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