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How long is it supposed to it take for skin cancer to develop?

How long is it supposed to it take for skin cancer to develop?

Varies: Each cancer is unique. Some cancer cells have the ability to develop very quickly while others grow much slower. ...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 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. 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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How long does it take for a sunburn to become skin cancer?

How long does it take for a sunburn to become skin cancer?

Sunburn: There is often a lag phase of many years between the time of a sunburn and the development of skin cancer. See a dermatologist if you suspect skin cancer. ...Read more

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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?

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?

No worry: 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

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How long does it take for a squamous cell skin cancer to spread?

How long does it take for a squamous cell skin cancer to spread?

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

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Please tell me how long it takes for to develop skin cancer?

Please tell me how long it takes for to develop skin cancer?

Depends on type: Melanoma can occur at young age
basal cell (most common) years
squamous cell second most common more aggressive and also a pretty long duration. ...Read more

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After exposure to uvb lighting, approximately how long would it take to develop skin cancer?

Depends: If a severe burn ensued.

Chronic exposure many years to basal/squamous cell ca typically
melanoma can occur at young age. ...Read more

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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?

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

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If a mole is skin cancer how long would it take to actually harm you?

If a mole is skin cancer how long would it take to actually harm you?

Unpredictable: Any suspicious mole(if it is black or brown and changing) needs to be examined and removed if it is suspicious for melanoma because the cancewr can spread when it is left intact for too long and prove harmful to you. ...Read more

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For how long is considered too late for skin cancer?

For how long is considered too late for skin cancer?

Metastasis: Some skin cancer will spread by metastasis to lymph nodes or the internal organs. If you wait too long and this happens the skin cancer may be fatal. ...Read more

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How long can a person live with unchecked skin cancer?

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

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How long can I have to be in the sun to get skin cancer?

How long can I have to be in the sun to get skin cancer?

No formula: Your risk of developing skin cancer from su exposure is the result of a complex combnation of several contributing factors such as your genetic predisposition, age, geographic location, severity and frequency of burns, complexion, immune status and several other factors. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get skin cancer even if you always wore long sleeves outside?

Is it possible to get skin cancer even if you always wore long sleeves outside?

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

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Is it possible to get skin cancer even if you always were long sleeves and SPF 30?

Is it possible to get skin cancer even if you always were long sleeves and SPF 30?

Yes: Uva and uvb are both potential risk factors, but ultraviolet radiation is not the only cause. There are many types of skin cancer, with sun exposure related more closely to the most common types -- but not to all of them. ...Read more

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How long after having sunburns can you get skin cancer?

Skin Never Forgets: I tell my melanoma patients that are 70 years old that their melanoma was mostly like causes by a severe sunburn they had when they were 12 years old. The skin never forgets. ...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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What can I do if my grandfather was found today to have melanoma skin cancer. How long could he possibly live?

Melanoma: Melanoma prognosis depends on lymph node spread. The possibility of lymph node spread is directly dependent on depth of the melanoma (breslow depth). Staging uses the depth and lymph node involvement. ...Read more

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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

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

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. ...Read more

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How long might one have basal cell skin cancer on his face without knowing it?

How long might one have basal cell skin cancer on his face without knowing it?

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

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Could it be a good idea to wear long underwear in the summer for protection from skin cancer?

Could it be a good idea to wear long underwear in the summer for protection from skin cancer?

Too hot!: Depending on where you live, it might be too hot to wear long underwear during the summer! You should protect your skin with sunscreen (spf 30), hats, uv protective shirts, and minimize your sun exposure. Enjoy the summer! ...Read more

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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?

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?

Need exam: The patch may be harmless, but a dermatologist (skin doctor) should look at it to determine why it is spreading. It is not likely to be cancer, but it could be. In any case, it might need attention now. ...Read more

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Does it take more than one shot for skin cancer surgery?

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

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What happens during a skin cancer screening? Do they take biopsy tests?

What happens during a skin cancer screening? Do they take biopsy tests?

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

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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

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