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How can you diagnose prostate cancer?

How can you diagnose prostate cancer?

Biopsy: Normally to diagnose prostate cancer, a man needs to undergo a prostate ultrasound with a ultrasound guided prostate biopsy to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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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 do you treat skin cancer?

How do you treat skin cancer?

Surgery: Skin cancers is usually treated by surgical excision. This allows you to assess that the margins are clear and will allow you to stage the tumor appropriately. Occasionally, in poor surgical candidates, non-surgical modalities may be employed. ...Read more

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How to treat lung cancer?

How to treat lung cancer?

Depends: Surgery if the best option if it can be removed. Chemotherapy and radiation are also commonly used. Best option is to be evaluated by an oncologist and thoracic surgeon/ pulmonologist to direct best treatment strategy. ...Read more

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How to treat skin freckles?

How to treat skin freckles?

Many options: Topical bleaching creams such as hydroquinone or kojic acid can help. Also retinol, retinoids, glycolic acid. To get better results you can consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist for treatments such as lasers, ipl (intense pulsed light), chemical acid peels, microdermabrasion, fractional resurfacing. Very important to practice sun protection to avoid getting worse or recurrence. ...Read more

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How to treat carcinoma cancer?

How to treat carcinoma cancer?

In many ways. : Depends on the kind and the stage and also on the general condition of the patient. If you are a bit more specific, we could perhaps answer your question better. ...Read more

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How do you screen for skin cancer, is it important to screen for skin cancer?

How do you screen for skin cancer, is it important to screen for skin cancer?

Dermatologist & yes: Those at risk should, it includes fair (light colored, freckled) skinned individuals. Sun damaged skin and those with nevi and moles. The main way is to look at all the skin and look at lesions and moles by a specialist, the dermatologist. The patient should also keep an eye on lesions, enlarging or growing, asymmetry, color changes, bleeding, larger than a pencil eraser should be checked. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is skin cancer genetic?

Can you tell me is skin cancer genetic?

Not usually.: There are several described inheritable genetic disorders that cause predisposition to skin cancers, but the vast majority of skin cancers arise spontaneously. Fair skin color and blonde or red hair are inherited and increase the risk of developing skin cancer, as do certain behaviors (sun tanning) which may be passed down thru a family. Geographic location will also affect sun exposure. ...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 to treat skin tags quickly!?

How to treat skin tags quickly!?

Skin Tags: Skin Tags can usually be easily removed in the office with a sharp scissor after cleaning the area. They generally do not bleed significantly. If the skin tag is in a sensitive area (eyelid) or has a large base I will injection local anesthetic prior to removal. Your doctor should be able to help. It is a common request. ...Read more

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If radiation causes cancer, how can it be used to treat cancer?

If radiation causes cancer, how can it be used to treat cancer?

It's complicated : Low levels of radiation can change the dna in normal cells that 10 to 30 years later can turn into cancer. With cancer higher doses of radiation kills the cells while normal cells recover. The probability of killing cancers is far higher than the probability that the normal cells become cancerous. The chance of getting radiation cancer is low and it takes a long time to happen. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how much exposure to the sun causes skin cancer?

Could you tell me how much exposure to the sun causes skin cancer?

Varies: There's no one answer nor any one amount of sun exposure that will cause cancer in everyone. It's wise to be sun-smart and wear sunscreen as well as protective clothing. Still, there are patients who get skin cancers without much history of sun exposure so these methods aren't 100%. ...Read more

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How do doctors determine if it's eczema or basal cell skin cancer?

How do doctors determine if it's eczema or basal cell skin cancer?

Eczema and BCC: Eczema is an itchy scaling rash that goes together with dry skin. May be all over or in certain areas, but is usually symmetrical, i.e. Involves both sides of the body. Basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is usually a pearly translucent pink papule or plaque with raised borders, however superficial bcc can be a flat scaly-looking patch sometimes not easy to differentiate from a patch of eczema. ...Read more

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How can a sunburn cause skin cancer?

How can a sunburn cause skin cancer?

DNA damage: Sun burn does not cuase skin cancer. It is jsut a marker for skin damages caused by uv radiation from the sun. Uv radaition causes damage to the dna of skin cells, which is the underlying cause of skin cancer. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could ultraviolet radiation cause skin cancer?

DNA mutations: Repeated uv light exposure causes breaks in your skin cells dna. Over time, these changes can cause some of the genes in your skin cell dna to change (mutate), which could eventually result in enough of a change to cause cancer. ...Read more

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Need to know is thyroid cancer the easiest cancer to cure?

Need to know is thyroid cancer the easiest cancer to cure?

Maybe: It is impossible to say that one type of cancer is the "easiest" to cure. It is true that almost all thyroid cancers confined to the neck are cured with surgery possibly followed by radioactive iodine. In young people, many thyroid cancers that have metastasized to other parts of the body can also be cured. Unfortunately, there are some types like anaplastic that are almost never cured. ...Read more

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How to cure skin pspriasis?

How to cure skin pspriasis?

Psoriasis treatments: There is no cure for psoriasis, it can only be treated. There are many treatments including: tars (creams and gels) (non-prescription) topical corticosteroid creams vitamin d3 analogues acetretin methotrexate biologics (i.E embrel). Most treatments are prescription only. ...Read more

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How early can you diagnose breast cancer?

How early can you diagnose breast cancer?

VERY early!: How? Regular mammograms. As many as a third of all breast cancers detected by mammography are stage 0 (dcis), with cure rates that approach 100%. Furthermore, cancers can often be detected on mammography years before they could ever be palpated. ...Read more

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How can a person get skin cancer?

Sun damage and Genes: 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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Would a non-dermatologist be able to diagnose skin cancer?

Would a non-dermatologist be able to diagnose skin cancer?

Yes: Family practice doctors and general surgeons also do biopsies and send them to a pathologist. ...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

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