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Scared Of Melanoma
What are my chances of developing skin cancer if I had 2 premelanoma and 10 clarks moles? Fair skin, green eyes, no family history of cancer.
High: You'll do well to use a good sunscreen, and especially to continue to keep an eye on your skin. You've got a reasonable chance of getting a malignant melanoma one of these days, but if you've kept up proper surveillance and spot and remote it in time, you will probably save your life by doing so. ...Read more
Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common 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 & ...Read more
Stay out of sun!: Or use a sunscreen with an spf over 15 always! the ultraviolet damage is cumulative, so the damage to your exposed skin lasts a lifetime--look at the neckline area compared to the covered breast skin in an older man or woman! if you have a bcc it must be removed, but rarely spreads or kills (unless irritated or ignored). See a plastic surgeon, not a non-surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on location: Surgical removal of skin cancers is effective and the risks are associated with the size and location. Bleeding, infection and poor cosmetic outcome are all risks. Delayed healing in areas of poor blood flow is also a risk. Other treatments such as radiation can be successful as well with similar results and better cosmetic outcomes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In the US: The chances of getting any cancer, according to statistics of the american cancer society, is 45% in a lifetime for males & 38% in a lifetime for females in the us. You are not destined to get cancer because it runs in your parents, but get regular screening physical exams yearly, mammograms after age 40 females, colonoscooy after age 50. Eat healthy, don't smoke, exercise, maintain healthy weight. ...Read more
My grandmother died of melanoma of the vulva and my mom had cancerous tissue removed from her breast, what are my chances of catching cancer?
Hard to tell: ...With the info available but i would suggest you talk to your family doc or gynecologist. They can perhaps refer you to a specialist in genetic cancer risk who will take a full family history and determine if you need genetic testing. He/she can also advise you of ways to reduce your cancer risk. Best to you and happy tg. ...Read more
Variable: 5-year breast cancer survival rates are dependent upon the cancer stage, varying from almost 100% for DCIS (stage 0) to less than 20% for metastatic disease (stage 4). Furthermore, cancer survival is dependent upon the response to chemotherapy. Of note, breast cancer survival has increased over the past decade in the US. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No.: ECT is used to treat severe (life-threatening) depression and some other life-threatening psychiatric conditions, especially in the elderly. It has some risks, however, and it is not likely to help a phobia about cancer. Psychological therapy can help reduce unwarranted fear. Sometimes medication can also help reduce anxieties. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is a squamous cell carcinoma of the oesophagus deadly? My 60yr old mum died of it. Awful slow death!
CHECK BIRADS: Radiologists have adopted a common language to describe mammographic abnormalities, called the birads system (you will see this on your report). A birads 3 abn has a 0.5% risk and is closely watched. A birads 4 (15-30%) or 5 (50-75%) abn should be biopsied to determine if it's a cancer. Birads 0 means that further eval is needed (ultrasound, comparison to prior mamms, etc). I hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Indirectly: Basal cell skin cancers are almost always due to sun exposure. Sun exposure (and bad sun burns) increase risk of melanoma. If you are 29 and have had a basal cell, you should make sure you are getting regular screening examinations with your dermatologist on whatever schedule he/she sees fit. Biopsy of any suspicious lesions is important. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What's the likelihood of a completely normal looking mole (with no worrying features) being melanoma?
Near zero: It will show signs of malignancy before it is able to kill you ...Read more
If I had 1/3 of a lung removed for lung cancer, what are the chances of me surviving without radiation?
Pretty good: If positive lymph nodes are found during surgery, usually chemotherapy is recommended. Radiation after surgery is not as common and certainly quite unusual without combining it with chemotherapy. So, chances are you will not need radiation after surgery, but you may need chemotherapy. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
If I have stage 4 melanoma, does that increase my chances of getting breast cancer or another form of cancer?
Not all that signifi: It does not increase the risk. So i would ask you not to worry any more than you already are if you have stage 4 melanoma. I hope you are not confusing it with level-4 melanoma which means non- metastatic melanoma(curable) as opposed to metastatic melanoma(stage-4) which is less commonly curable. ...Read more