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How long does it take HPV to turn into cancer?

How long does it take HPV to turn into cancer?

Years/decades/never: Just because you acquire this germ does not mean you will develop cancer. It gives you a heads up so you may be better motivated to do regular health screenings.At the short end cervical cancer (or other forms) may arise after a few years/decades or never. Women have been doing related pap smear screenings for decades before we knew HPV could eventually cause the problem. ...Read more

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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


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How long does it typically take a cancerous actinic keratosis to turn into cancer?

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How long does it typically take a cancerous actinic keratosis to turn into cancer?

Months to years: Actinic keratosis is precancerous. The full transformation into skin cancer is a result of multiple number of relevant mutations that "tips" it over to become cancerous. Thus, if an actinic keratosis happens to have most of the mutations except one additional before it turns into skin cancer, it may only take a month of additional uv exposure before that happens. ...Read more

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How long does it take for actinic keratosis to turn into cancer?

How long does it take for actinic keratosis to turn into cancer?

Variable: Actinic keratosis is considered a pre-cancerous condition, however, not all lesions become cancerous. There is controversy about terminology and some people consider actinic keratosis to be cancer. Treatment of the skin lesion can forstall the development of cancer. ...Read more

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How long does it take to treat HPV cancer?

How long does it take to treat HPV cancer?

In 1 wk: HPV, associated with squamous Ca affects two different areas. One is in the vagina cervix and the other in the H&N. In either case, the identification of the lesion and recognition of an association with HPV requires that depending on the extent of disease, neoadjuvant therapy with chemo RT or relatively quick scheduling for surgery should be arranged for. ...Read more

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How does cancer start?

How does cancer start?

Cancer : Usually, a single mutation in a cell causes that cell to grow uncontrollably and possibly develop into a cancer. If you get regular screenings, such as a pap smear, mammogram, colonoscopy after 50, regular health check ups, skin surveys, oral cancer evaluarions, and the like, and be alert for signs of illness, your doctor should be able to detect any abnormality early enough to intervene. ...Read more

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How does skin cancer begin?

How does skin cancer begin?

Sun damage: With rare exception, most skin cancers are caused by sun damage. Any new skin bump which is new, enlarging, and changing is concerning. The older you are, and the more sun exposure you have had, the higher the risk of skin cancer. Melanomas risk is remembered as abcd: asymmetry, irregular borders, irregular coloration, diameter >6mm. If in doubt, have it check out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Generally, how long does it take cancer to develop?

Generally, how long does it take cancer to develop?

It depends...: Different type of cancers develops differently. For example, it takes approximately 10 years for colon cancer to do so, hence the recommendation to have colon checked every 10 years. Breast cancer is generally more rapid. Pacreatic cancer is yet even faster... ...Read more

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How long does it take HPV to turn into cervical cancer?

How long does it take HPV to turn into cervical cancer?

Months to years: Once an hpv invades a cell, active infections occur, and the virus can be transmitted. Several months to years pass before squamous intraepithelial lesions (sil) develop and can be clinically detected. ...Read more

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What percent of squamous cell skin cancers spread beyond skin? Also, how long does it typically take to spread once it forms?

A small percent: Majority of squamous cell skin can does not spread beyond skin if recognized and treated early. Most common location of spread are the lymph nodes ...Read more

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How long does it take for HPV to turn into any kind of cancer?

10 to 30 years: It can take from 10 to 30 years from infection with high risk HPV to formation of a tumor. HPV infections are the most common STD in the US and include both low and high risk subtypes. More about HPV and cancer: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/infectious-agents/hpv-fact-sheet ...Read more

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How long does it take melanoma to spread?

How long does it take melanoma to spread?

Varies: Each cancer is unique. Some cancer cells have the ability to metastasize very early in their development while other can be slower to metastasize. ...Read more

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How long does melanoma take to spread?

How long does melanoma take to spread?

Highly variable: There are aggressive fast-spreading cancers and there are slow-spreading cancers. An aggressive fast-spreading melanoma can metastasize even before it's visible on the skin. Some superficial slow-spreading melanomas may spread wide but not deep and may not invade the bloodstream for many months. The problem is there's no predicting how a melanoma is going to behave so early detection is key. ...Read more

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How long does ovarian cancer take to develop into stage 3/4?

How long does ovarian cancer take to develop into stage 3/4?

Hard to know: Most ovarian cancers are already stage 3 or 4 when they are diagnosed so we really don't know how long it took them to get there. In retrospect, many women have had symptoms for many months before their diagnosis. There may also be an asymptomatic stage that could last for months or even years before the symptoms begin. ...Read more

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How long does it take uterine cancer to develop and how fast does it spread?

How long does it take uterine cancer to develop and how fast does it spread?

Varies: Each cancer is unique. Some will grow very rapidly and spread to distant sites of the body at an early stage. Others will grow slowly and never metastasize. It is very difficult to predict. ...Read more

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How can cancer begin, and how does it develop?

How can cancer begin, and how does it develop?

Wow, too much. : I need a book to answer your question. Cancer is a disease where for whichever reason, the instructions that control cell growth become messed up (or maybe came that way from the parents) so the cells lack the normal regulatory systems that keep them in check. Look for details in reputable sites like the nci or the acs. ...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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How long does it take for a squamous cell skin cancer to spread?

How long does it take for a squamous cell skin cancer to spread?

Spread is rare: Squamous cell cancer of the skin remains localized for many years and therefore is curable when excised with a small operation. it can spread if neglected for a long time(years). On rare occasions it can be more aggressive than the garden variety that I have described above. So it is best to take care of it within one or two months from the time of diagnosis. ...Read more

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How long does it take cin111 to turn into cervical cancer?

Months to years: Progression to invasive cancer occurs in approximately 1% of cin1, 5% in cin2 and at least 12% in cin3. Progression to cancer takes a time period of years. Also, evidence suggests that cancer can occur without first detectably progressing through these stages and that a high grade intraepithelial neoplasia can occur without first existing as a lower grade. Pap smears with your doctor saves lives. ...Read more

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How long does it take for HPV to become cancer?

How long does it take for HPV to become cancer?

Years/decades/never: Just because you acquire this germ does not mean you will develop cancer. It gives you a heads up so you may be better motivated to do regular health screenings.At the short end cervical cancer (or other forms) may arise after a few years/decades or never. Women have been doing related pap smear screenings for decades before we knew HPV could eventually cause the problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

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