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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
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
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