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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!

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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What body organs are affected by skin cancer?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Explain the short and long term effects of skin cancer on the human body?

None / Death: This isn't the best place to go for a homework question, but we're glad to help. A basal cell carcinoma on the face won't do a thing beyond growing inexorably. Neglect it, and it will destroy an eye, nose, and eventually grow into the brain. That's the end. Squamous cell carcinomas can spread to remote sites and melanomas do so even more aggressively. Effect depends on location.

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Can skin cancer cause a tumors in the body far away from the actual skin lesion?

Can skin cancer cause a tumors in the body far away from the actual skin lesion?

It's possible: Particularly for melanoma, one of the more aggressive types of skin cancer, tumors can sometimes occur in various areas of the body relatively far away from the original skin lesion. Sometimes a "sentinel" lymph node close to the original lesion is removed to check for early spread. However, for types of skin cancer like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, it is highly unlikely.

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What to do if I have 80 moles on body, none atypical, will I die of skin cancer?

What to do if I have 80 moles on body, none atypical, will I die of skin cancer?

Moles: A large number of moles has been linked to a greater chance of melanoma development. See a dermatologist yearly to have moles evaluated.

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Should a full body skin cancer screening include examining buttocks and genitalia?

Yes absolutely: Yes absolutely, whole body including genitalia and buttocks. Eyes should be checked for melanoma; the most aggressive cancer of skin cancers. Moles on skin surface characteristic cancer pattern; asymmetric; color change, growth in diameter. Be sure to wear sunblock even if cloudy during day and especially when sun UV light strongest between 10:00AM and 2:00PM

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What area of my body will skin be donated for my facial cancer reconstruction? I will need to have skin on my forehead and cheeks excised because of skin cancer. Cancer reconstruction surgery will most likely be needed. What kind of preparations are neede

After: After excision of a skin cancer on the face, the area can be reconstructed by moving skin right next to the area into the area, also known as an "adjacent tissue transfer" or by covering it with skin removed from a distant part of the body, also known as a "skin graft". The decision on which to use is based on how large the defect is and a how much skin is available next to it that is mobile enough to move into the area without distorting the normal anatomy of the face. Skin for a skin graft can come from anywhere else in the body. A common donor area for the forehead is the extra skin in the neck.

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I'm 18 & I have had eczema all my life & I've noticed that n certain parts of my body where I have a rash it looks like a bruise. Can it be skin cancer?

I'm 18 & I have had eczema all my life & I've noticed that n certain parts of my body where I have a rash it looks like a bruise. Can it be skin cancer?

Eczema is quite: Difficult to treat. If it were me I'd try eliminating all dyes and fragrances from my life and/or try eating wheat free. Skin cancer is extremely uncommon at 18 but not impossible. Does it look like a bruise or on closer inspection, or is it more brownish? Sometimes areas that have been inflamed (eczema) turn brown afterwards. If you have a family history of melanoma, see MD. O/w no diagnosis

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Need expert opinions about skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. Why does cancer attack a specific part of someone's body?

Biological process: The dna of any cell may mutate and continue to replicate with no end to it. The ability of cells to multiply and differentiate is expressed in the growth of a baby in 9months from a fertilized ovarian cell. From 1cell to a 9-10pound baby in 9months. That ability is in every cell of the body. If the off switch for cell division is lost, cells of any type may replicate indefinitely.

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My body is covered in what looks like pimples. They keep growing & filling with a milky puss & crack open & seep blood then get deeper. Skin cancer?

My body is covered in what looks like pimples. They keep growing & filling with a milky puss & crack open & seep blood then get deeper. Skin cancer?

Skin cancer: You definitely do not have skin cancer, it sounds more like an infectious process caused either by bacteria or virus. You would definitely benefit by a trip to a dermatologist

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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. The three most common types of skin cancer 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 and ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more