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How Long Does It Take For Skin Cancer To Develop
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
How long does it take for an ak to turn into scc skin cancer? I've had one for ten years then it regressed should i be worried it spread?
Had actinic keratosis turned into cancer, you would have seen it at that site. AK does not spread into other organs.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Spread is rare: Squamous cell cancer of the skin remains localized for many years and therefore is curable when excised with a small operation. It can spread if neglected for a long time(years). On rare occasions it can be more aggressive than the garden variety that I have described above. So it is best to take care of it within one or two months from the time of diagnosis. ...Read more
How much sun exposure would it take for someone to get skin cancer. I went sun tanning for the first time in a long time and I am a bit concerned?
Hard to say: There are different susceptibilities with differing skin types & genetic backgrounds. There is clear data suggesting more risk with sunburns before the age of 21 than in later life. At this point we just recommend people be realistic. Tanning booths are a cosmetic aid that feeds your perception of what looks good. Their risks are known. A yearly physical including skin exam is a worthwhile tradeoff ...Read more
Skin cancer: A skin cancer may grow slowly without spreading quickly or it can develop more rapidly and have the likelihood of spreading to other organs if it is not treated quickly enough. A dermatologist can evaluate for skin cancer and treat as soon as possible to avoid complications. ...Read more
Yes: Clothes provide a false sense of safety. Actually, the sun's rays still penetrate clothing. Nothing prevents skin cancer other than avoiding the sun altogether. There are special fabrics and clothing that are 30+ SPF and higher made to add protection if you are active. I would suggest this option if you are outdoors for long periods of time in the sun. ...Read more
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
What can I do if my grandfather was found today to have melanoma skin cancer. How long could he possibly live?
Could any1 in the skin cancer sector take a look at my pictures in my health records and tell me what u think?
On-line advice: Your concerns really need to be addressed with a face to face visit with a local physician. No prudent doctor would give you advice on-line based on photos alone. But if you have a lesion that bleeds, changes color, grows rapidly, or cycles through healing and breakdown repeatedly, you should see a doctor for further management. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Greatly varies: It may take years before someone may become aware of a skin cancer. There are slow growing cancers that grow underneath the surface and are more difficult to detect. That's why someone may have a very large skin cancer (growing deep but not appearing on the surface) and not be aware until it's grown very big and appears on the surface. A skin cancer may pop up suddenly and grow fast within days. ...Read more
I have a path on my face that takes away my skin and hair pixels. I've had it sense I was born. And it keeps spreading. Is it skin cancer?
Depends: When removing skin for skin cancer, the skin that is removed needs to be checked ny a pathologist under the microscope to make sure all the cancer is removed. If skin cancer remains, a second surgery is necessary to remove the residual cancer. A second surgery is required about 5% of the time. ...Read more
Pink, crusty bump on skin. Won't go away now for about a week. How long should I wait to see a dermatologist? Can it be skin cancer?
Suspicious: Your lesion sounds suspicious enough that I would make an appointment to see your friendly dermatologist. ...Read more
Exam +/- biopsy: First, your doctor will examine your skin primarily by looking at it. If any suspicious lesions are noted, he may recommend biopsy or treatment with liquid nitrogen. This is done in the office, and is not a big ordeal. ...Read more
The max intake of vitD I can take from sun is btw 10am and 1pm when the UVB rays are great but they told me they cause skin cancer what shld I do?
Judicious exposure: We were designed to live under the sun. If you are able to get a tan, it will protect you against the ultraviolet rays of sunlight. Start with a short exposure and gradually increased it over time. ...Read more
I am 24 with a mole on my right shoulder its kind of brown/ red. I never take my shirt off and my sun exposure is minimal. Could this be skin cancer?
See a dermatologist: An exam by a skin DR is indicated. This cannot be diagnosed on the internet. ...Read more
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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