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How Does Skin Cancer Affect The Body
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
Skin cancer spread: Skin cancer can spread via local extension. A basal cell carcinoma given enough time, can spread around nerve endings and other structures deep into vital territory and cause loss of the eye and even spread to the brain in very rare cases. Other tumors such as melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma can invade lymphatic vessels and blood vessels and spread to other organs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Skin and others: Skin cancer came from skin cells. Some of the most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, lymphoma involving the skin... However, by nature, cancer, including skin cancer can travel to any other organs in the body such as brain, lungs, liver, bone, lymph nodes, other part of the skin, ect...This is more common with meolanoma and rare with basal or squamous. ...Read more
What to do if I know sunscreen is a must, what else can be done to protect your body from skin cancer?
Appropriate clothing: Good hats, long sleeve shirts, pants, etc will all help protect from sun damage. Many good brands are available including coolibar, solumbra, columbia, etc. If you have any concerns, see a dermatologist for full body examination and biopsies if needed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It Depends on Type: "Skin cancer" refers to literally dozens of specific cancers. The 3 most common types are Melanoma (MM), Squamous Cell Carcinoma(SCC) , Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC). MM is usually easily treated if caught early but can be fatal if it spreads. SCC is usually easily treated if caught early but in certain cases can spread and be fatal. BCC is the least dangerous b/c it rarely spreads, but can disfigure ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare 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 ...Read more
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