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How Quickly Does Cancer In A Mole Normally Spread
It depends: There is no easy answer for this. The potential for spread in a melanoma really depends on how deep it is when it is caught and if it is ulcerated (open and bleeding). The deeper it is the more likely it is to have spread. The rate of spread is variable. Predictors of a worse outcome include: male gender, >65 years of age, extremities involvement, lymph node involvement and metastases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What percent of squamous cell skin cancers spread beyond skin? Also, how long does it typically take to spread once it forms?
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 fast does a malignant neck mass usually grow? can it stay the same size for months and still be cancer?
Variable rates: Tumors do grow at widely variable rates and a cancer stay the same size for a few months. It is important to get it checked out. A palpable neck may be suitable for evaluation by a fine needle aspirate. Please discuss the matter with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How soon after HIV infection doe the virus start replicating? How quickly does it grow in your body?
Depends: It depends on the type of cancer and stage at the time sof diagnosis. If it is a non-aggressive form, it may take months or sometimes years to recur. If the tumor is very aggressive or advanced at the time of diagnosis, it is much more likely to recur quickly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not quickly: Ks in the mouth is no longer a common disease among aids patients, so we do not see as many cases as we saw in the 90s. There are a number of mouth abnormalities that could look like ks, that are far more common than ks. An oral mucosa biopsy is a relatively easy and painless procedure that will definitely help clarify any doubts. Once a biopsy is obtained, it is an easy diagnosis to make. ...Read more
If melanoma starts as a single cell naked to the human eye... How long does it typically take before it actually becomes noticeable and concerning?
Variable: Different tumors have widely varying growth rates. In general, it takes a few years for a single malignant cells to grow to the size of about one centimeter. ...Read more
If someone has myositis does it stay in one muscle or spreads throughout the entire body? If it does spread how long would that take?
Varies: You start acquiring the mutations that produce cancer when your life starts. Cells that a pathologist can tell are "precancerous" signal "time for treatment". Cases in which the mildest of dysplasias of the cervix have turned to invasive cancer in less than a year are well known. Others simply disappear, or never progress. Be glad for early detection -- and congratulations on a likely cure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Months to years: Actinic keratosis is precancerous. The full transformation into skin cancer is a result of multiple number of relevant mutations that "tips" it over to become cancerous. Thus, if an actinic keratosis happens to have most of the mutations except one additional before it turns into skin cancer, it may only take a month of additional uv exposure before that happens. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Approx. How long would it take for dcis to spread to the lymph nodes? I have heard it is a fairly slow growing cancer.
It varies: When it's found, 1 case in 100 has metastasized. There must have been a few cells that got through the basement membrane that the pathologist didn't find -- or the primary may have regressed. But don't mess around with a dcis diagnosis. Choose the option that is right for you -- and you'll be offered a choice. ...Read more
Not all invasive: Cancers start in situ, and not all in situ cancers ultimately invade...But a lot do. So, there is no timetable of when that you can rely on. It is reasonable to take care of in situ when you find it, rather than trust an unreliable actor to behave itself the way you might like. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't know yet: At your age, the odds are any lump is benign. However, by the time you feel a lump, it could already be cancer. Please see your doctor for a complete history and physical, and if appropriate, additional imaging with ultrasound and perhaps mammography. Given your age, us first may be useful, since if the lump is really a simple cyst, a mammogram may not be necessary. ...Read more
How long does it take squamous cell carcinoma spread to lymph node. Spot on arm three years. Then grew fast to ugly monster. Already biopsied as scc.
All cancers: develop a vascular supply in order to grow. Tumor cells are "shed" into the blood vessels or lymphatics, from which they can potentially seed distant parts of the body. With metastases, prognosis is worse but not necessarily fatal. The propensity for metastasis and the prognosis depends on the type of tumor and various characteristics such as size or location. ...Read more
Not fast: Cancer is thought to spread over several weeks-months of time, not days to weeks. As such, the commission on cancer has guidelines for treatment that cover 7-21 days from presentation to treatment. That is not to say that there are not unusual cases of cancer that seem to be remarkably aggressive, colon cancer is usually not one of them. ...Read more
Marked variability: Differerent tumors have different growth rates and the growth rate changes during the life span of a tumor. There is no simple answer to this question. Some tumors may dobule in size in a matter of months and others may take years. ...Read more
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