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How can skin cancer affect the whole body?

How can skin cancer affect the whole body?

Usually doesn't: However sometimes skin cancers can metastasize and spread to distant parts of the body. Also, the same sun damage which caused one skin cancer, has made other parts of the skin vulnerable to cancer as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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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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How can skin cancer affect your body?

How can skin cancer affect your body?

Many ways: Skin cancer can range from a minor problem (a small bump or growth to be burned or cut off) to a life threatening issue (deeper melanomas). Early detection and treatment is key. If you think you may have a skin cancer, get it checked out! ...Read more

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What would experts say about affect of skin cancer on your body?

What would experts say about affect of skin cancer on your body?

Skin cancer : Some skin cancers are locally invasive and grow deeper into the skin, fat or even bone if left untreated. Other skin cancers such as melanoma have the potential to spread or metastasize to internal organs. ...Read more

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How is skin cancer spread through the body?

How is skin cancer spread through the body?

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 more

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What body organs are affected by skin cancer?

Metastases: Melanoma can spread or metastasize to the other organs of the body. The most common sites are to the liver, lung, brain, lymph nodes. Metastatic melanoma is considered stage iv. ...Read more

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What happens to the body when you have skin cancer?

What happens to the body when you have skin cancer?

Depends on type: There are several different types of skin cancers. Squamous and basal skin cancers tend to stay locally on the skin and grow larger over time. Melanoma has the ability to travel to distant places in the body and form new tumors. ...Read more

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What body system does skin cancer effect?

What body system does skin cancer effect?

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

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What to do if I know sunscreen is a must, what else can be done to protect your body from skin cancer?

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 more

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What are the short and long term effects from skin cancer on the body?

What are the short and long term effects from skin cancer on the body?

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 more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

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


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more