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How does skin cancer kill?

How does skin cancer kill?

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

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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How can skin cancer kill you?

How can skin cancer kill you?

Skin cancer: Certain skin cancer such as malignant melanoma (less commonly squamous cell or basal cell skin cancer) has the potential to spread through the blood or lymph nodes to other organs (metastasis). These organs include the lymph nodes, brain, bone, etc. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for skin cancer to kill someone if left untreated?

How long is it supposed to it take for skin cancer to kill someone if left untreated?

Skin Cancer: The length of time one could survive with an untreated skin cancer depends on the type of skin cancer. The earlier the diagnosis and treatment the better the prognosis. There is no reason for an otherwise healthy person to leave skin cancer untreated. ...Read more

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Do I have skin cancer?

Needs evaluation: Do you sores that will not heal? Pale skin or red hair? Have you had common exposure to bright sunlight with frequent sunburns? Are there nodules on your skin that are growing irregularly. Check with your dermatologist if any of these are present. ...Read more

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Is skin cancer hereditary?

Is skin cancer hereditary?

Can be: There can be a family component to many cancers including skin cancers. This should not be taken lightly. Sun exposure is another large risk factor for skin cancer. The two together can be very dangerous. If you have a strong family history, lots of sun exposure, or any enlarging skin lesions, be evaluated by your local doctor and/or dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can skin cancer be treated?

How can skin cancer be treated?

Usually surgery: Most skin cancers are treated initially with surgical excision. In some cases, depending on the type of tumor, other modalities may be employed. These include radiation, chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy, and others. ...Read more

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How harmful is the skin cancer?

How harmful is the skin cancer?

Depends > what kind: Depends as to what kind --- 1. Basal cell carcinoma > most of the times less harmful 2. Squamous cell carcinoma > more harmful 3. Malignant melanoma > very very harmful. ...Read more

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What to do if I have skin cancer?

See a doc.: Most skin cancers are diagnosed by biopsy of the skin. If you are concerned that you have a skin malignancy, see a physician or other provider or go to a clinic. Treatment may include excision of the lesion and/or in some instances treatment with a topical solution / ointment. Do not neglect or ignore a skin cancer, as some can have serious health impacts. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of skin cancer?

What are the symptoms of skin cancer?

It depends: There are different types of skin cancers. For melanoma, it can present as mole or pigmented lesions that changes color, grows, ulcerates and bleeds. For squamous cell ca, early stage starts like tiny skin plaques with thick flicky skin that can grow ulcerate with heaved up margins. Basal cell ca may have different forms but check with you physcian if not sure. ...Read more

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Is skin cancer hereditary in any way?

Is skin cancer hereditary in any way?

Yes, but it varies: The most common factor causing skin cancers is sun exposure. There are some genetic disorders which make an individual more prone to developing a skin cancer. Different families and/or syndromes have different risks of cancer. If you have any skin lesions which are suspicious, be sure to have them checked out. If you have a strong family history, see your dermatologist early. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Which are the symptoms of skin cancer?

Changes: Changes in size, shape and thickness associated with bleeding from existing or recent lesions. Please have the lesion evaluated by a specialist for biopsy ...Read more

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What defines the stages of skin cancer?

What defines the stages of skin cancer?

TNM: Cancers are generally staged according to a t-n-m classification. A tumor is scored based on characteristics of the tumor, nodal spread, and metastasis. So, based on the size or depth of a skin cancer, it will receive a certain t score. The n score is based on whether it has spread to lymph nodes, and the m score tells you if it has spread to a distant site. The combination gives the staging. ...Read more

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Can skin cancer be cured at this point?

Can skin cancer be cured at this point?

Majority are cured: Majority of skin cancer- like squamous cell, basal cell cancer- even melanoma- will be cured with surgical resection- if caught early. However if melanoma/cancerous mole is not caught early and already spreads to other distant organs then that would make it incurable. Other skin cancers such as skin lymphoma (cutaneous t cell lymphoma) - can be also difficult to cure- however it is treatable. ...Read more

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What are the initial signs of skin cancer?

What are the initial signs of skin cancer?

Changing lesions: Lesions that are most concerning for cancer are non healing and frequently bleed or crust. Cancers such as basal cell cancers can have overlying vascularity called telangiectasias which are pathognomonic. Melanoma can be asymmetric, have irregular borders, pigment changes, be large in diameter and evolve or change over time. ...Read more

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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