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Doctor insights on: Keratoma Skin Cancer

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Do I have skin cancer?

Do I have skin cancer?

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

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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Is skin cancer hereditary?

Is skin cancer hereditary?

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 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 harmful is the skin cancer?

How harmful is the skin cancer?

Depends > what kind: Depends as to what kind --- 1. Basal cell carcinoma > most of the times less harmful 2. Squamous cell carcinoma > more harmful 3. Malignant melanoma > very very harmful. ...Read more

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Skin cancer types, what are they?

Skin cancer types, what are they?

Many: Most common
basal cell carcinoma
squamous cell carcinoma
melanoma
in that order. ...Read more

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What to do if I have skin cancer?

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

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What are the symptoms of skin cancer?

What are the symptoms of skin cancer?

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 more

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Is skin cancer hereditary in any way?

Is skin cancer hereditary in any way?

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 more

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Which are the symptoms of skin cancer?

Changes: Changes in size, shape and thickness associated with bleeding from existing or recent lesions. Please have the lesion evaluated by a specialist for biopsy ...Read more

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What defines the stages of skin cancer?

What defines the stages of skin cancer?

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 more

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Can skin cancer be cured at this point?

Can skin cancer be cured at this point?

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 more

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What are the initial signs of skin cancer?

What are the initial signs of skin cancer?

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 more

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What to do if I think I may have skin cancer?

Seek input: See your doctor, who may refer you to a dermatologist, general surgeon, or plastic surgeon. You may well be wrong, so seek professional evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could it be that I have skin cancer at age 15?

Could it be that I have skin cancer at age 15?

A possibility: It is unlikely for a 15 yo to get the most common types of skin cancer, namely squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma. However, the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma, can certainly occur in a 15 yo or even in younger patients.
Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults aged 25-29 ; the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults aged 15-29. ...Read more

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What is the natural way of dealing skin cancer?

What is the natural way of dealing skin cancer?

Skin cancer tx: There is no natural way of dealing with skin cancer. They need to be surgically removed. Some skin cancers, like early basal cell carcinoma and early squamous cell carcinoma can be treated with topical applications of an immune system stimulating cream. More developed versions of these need to be surgically removed. Melanoma always needs surgical treatment. ...Read more

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How would you determine if you have skin cancer?

How would you determine if you have skin cancer?

Skin cancer: Most skin cancers are the result of excessive sun exposure/tanning. Genetics play a strong role too. Any skin lesion that is changing size, color, shape or an area that does not heal is suspicious for skin cancer and should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why would skin cancer not be considered a real cancer?

Skin Cancer: Skin cancer is absolutely considered a real cancer and should not be ignored! However, there are many types of skin cancer that have different prognoses. Some of the less invasive types, such as basal cell carcinoma, are occasionaly referred to as "good" cancers. Although no cancer is good cancer, these types tend to spread less frequently and have excellent prognoses if treated properly. ...Read more

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What is the signs of skin cancer to a guy in his 20's?

What is the signs of skin cancer to a guy in his 20's?

Same as guy in 50s: Ulceration. Bleeding. Growth, change, variable pigmentation, and more. ...Read more

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What are my chances of having skin cancer? Is it common?

Very: If you are light-skinned and have a lot of sun exposure, you can almost expect to get skin cancer. Keep an eye on your skin, and have someone help for where you can't see. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What would you do to decide if you have skin cancer or not?

See Dermatologist: See dermatologist or a plastic surgeon.
Let them examine and tell you > if you have a skin cancer.
Sometimes they may take a biopsy before diagnosing. ...Read more

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What are considered the common warning signs of skin cancer?

ABCDE: Do monthly skin exam and look for the abcde of melanoma: look at moles or lesions for:
asymetry: two halfs are not equal.
Border: irregular border
color: different colors in the same mole
d: diameter: size 6 mm or larger (the size of the erasure end of a pencil).
E: evolution: change over time: a mole that starts to itch or bleed or change in color or size... ...Read more

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What are your experiences with treating skin cancer using curaderm-bec5?

See below: This is from "curaderm europe" - it seems to me an attempt to advertise your product. Please quote medical evidence - published in the literature - reagrding the efficacy of your product. I would be happy to engage in a dialogue, but we need to see evidence - not merely advertising (i looked at your website - not much there in terms of real data). Skin cancer is not trivial - treat it properly! ...Read more

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Skin cancer symptoms?

Follow the 'ABCDE's: A- asymmetry
b- border irregular/blurry
c- color uneven
d- diameter > 1/4 inch
e- elevated or evolving

http://www. Skincancer. Org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma. ...Read more

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Is skin cancer curable?

Is skin cancer curable?

Usually: In general, yes. There are many different types of skin cancer, and they all behave differently. As mentioned above, if caught early, all cancers are very curable. The speed with which they spread is very different from tumor to tumor. If you have any skin lesions which are changing, bleeding, or are otherwise concerning to you, have it evaluated by your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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How does skin cancer kill?

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

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Is skin cancer preventable?

Is skin cancer preventable?

Probably: It is thought that most skin cancers are caused by excessive and prolonged sun exposure. Some skin cancers may be caused by a single bad sunburn. So most skin cancer specialists believe most skin cancers can be prevented by wearing protective clothing during peak sunlight hours and with generous use of sun screens. ...Read more

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What is melanoma skin cancer?

What is melanoma skin cancer?

Aggressive cancer: Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin. These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into cancer it can grow radially and deeply which can be dangerous as it can subsequently spread to other areas of the body. There are genetic predispositions as well as ultraviolet radiation exposure and sunburns are risk factors. ...Read more

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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

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What makes skin cancer deadly?

What makes skin cancer deadly?

Depends on the kind: Melanoma is the kind of skin cancer that usually leads to death. It can spread to vital organs in a fairly aggressive fashion, thus the importance of preventing it by avoiding UV light exposure or at least early detection with regular skin screenings. Other types of skin cancers can kill if neglected but that is uncommon. ...Read more

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How do you prevent skin cancer?

Protection from Sun: Best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect the skin from the sun with sunscreens and clothing. ...Read more

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Will HGH effect my skin cancer?

Human Growth Hormone: Human growth hormone should have no effect on whether you contract skin cancer. ...Read more

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Is skin cancer life threatening?

Yes, it can be: Melanoma skin cancer is very curable when diagnosed early but is quite vicious if diagnosed late. Avoid excessive sun exposure or use sun protection. Make sure your doc does a skin exam yearly and point him to any new or changing skin lesion. This is specially true in high risk people: fair skinned, blonde/red haired, blue eyed folks and those with family history or history of sunburns. ...Read more

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What early signs of skin cancer?

Classic is a sore: That does not heal for the squamous and basal types, and a new variegated colored mole that grows outwardly and upward. Bleeding from either tells you to hurry up and get it taken care of. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman
957 Doctors shared insights

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
2,633 Doctors shared insights

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


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