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How Does Skin Cancer Affect The Body
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
Local tissue: Destruction. Basal cell carcinomas of the skin invade surrounding tissues and destroy normal structures, including bone. A term for basal cell carcinoma is "rodent ulcer", likely based on its ability to gnaw at the surrounding tissues. Removal of the lesion is usually curative. ...Read more
Depends: Early on there may be no effect. As the disease progresses undiagnosed, you may develop a change in bowels, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, loss of stamina, bowel obstruction, shortness of breath, anemia, early diagnosis in high risk patients or regular colonoscopies is the best way to avoid all of the above. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Invade organs: As the cancer grows it produces a proteinase that allows for invasion of blood vessels. It breaks down -e-cadherin to s-ecadherin that allows metastasis. The spread is predetermined by the surface protein on the tumor cell. Once spead to an organ occurs it can grow in that organ and in many instances can destroy the organ function such as liver If TNFproduced cacchexia occurs. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on what type of skin cancer. Basal cell mainly stays on the skin, but some type can be more aggressive and spread to neighboring tissues, same is true for squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. Melanoma however can get very aggressive and spread to lymph nodes and other tissues and organs away from the skin area it was first found. ...Read more
Local and distant: Vaginal cancer is uncommon, it is associated with hpv infection, local lesion is usually an ulcerated mass with bleeding and invasion into surrounding tissues and lymph nodes and later spread to other organs. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vaginal-cancer/ds00812. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Early on there may be no effect. As the disease progresses undiagnosed, you may develop a change in bowels, blood in stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, loss of stamina, bowel obstruction, shortness of breath, anemia, early diagnosis in high risk patients or regular colonoscopies is the best way to avoid all of the above. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Blockage/Bleeding: Depending on their size and location, colon cancers may cause the above problems. The bleeding tends to be very slow, like a dripping faucet, and may not be evident by sight. Obstruction can cause a change in bowel habits (constipation, pencil-thin stools) and/or bloating. Like any cancer, there is the potential to spread to other organs, which may cause fatigue, loss of appetite, wt loss, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Darker is protective: Skin cancer is 20 times more likely in whites versus black skin. The darker the inherent color of the skin the less likely to get skin cancer. This does not mean to go and get a tan to protect or prevent cancer. In fact sun exposure, uv light exposure and tanning booths are all risk factors to get skin cancer. Using sun screens and preventing sunburns is helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In many ways: You do not only glycate your hemoglobin creating glycohemoglobin (the main one hba1-c) you also glycosilate your connective tissue hardening it and your skin looses its elasticy and also aquires a wax type appearance. Long term the small nerves that give your skin sensation of pain(danger signals) also get damaged and ulcers do to unrecognizad pressure come in and are very slow at healing. ...Read more
It depends: Some fabrics can cause irritation of the skin (wool) or even allergic reactions (man-made fabrics). Dyes in fabrics can also cause problems in some people. If you think you are having a problem with something in particular i recommend you see a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Via blood and lymph: Like other cancers, melanomas spread (metastasize) via 2 pathways. First, via the lymph system, where the tumor gets caught in lymph nodes. Sentinel node biopsy is helpful to determine lymph node involvement. Next, it can spread via the blood. That's how melanoma can go from your skin anywhere to the brain, lung, liver, etc. It's propensity to do this makes melanoma so dangerous. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sun: Great question! sun does many things to the skin--very few of them positive. The most well-known and studied effects are degradation (breakdown) of the collagen in the skin leading to aging and wrinkles and the ultraviolet radiation that promotes skin cancer. You will stay younger-looking longer and reduce risk of skin cancer by avoiding the sun. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Slowly.: Cancer cells are damaged cells that can't stop reproducing. So they keep multiplying and don't stop. These cells also create a blood supply that feeds them all the nutrients you eat. Sometimes they spread to other areas of the body and keep multiplying and feeding off your food. Eventually your body doesn't get most of the nutrients and slowly dies while the cancer grows by stealing food. ...Read more
Unfortunately, the: harmful health effects from smoking cigarettes is huge. Besides nicotine there are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 60 of which cause cancer.Carbon monoxide binds to hemoglobin leading to chronic lung disease. Nicotine promotes heart/other vascular diseases.Other oxidant gases react with oxygen promoting blood clotting. The effects are too numerous to list..bad NEWS! Stay away! ...Read more
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