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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.

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

Dr. Wayne Ingram
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

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


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I am worried about basal cell carcinoma of the skin?

I am worried about basal cell carcinoma of the skin?

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 more

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What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

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 more

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Dad died stomach cancer and mother lymphoma cancer what are my chances of getting cancer?

Dad died stomach cancer and mother lymphoma cancer what are my chances of getting cancer?

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

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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?

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

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What are the odds of dying from breast cancer?

What are the odds of dying from breast cancer?

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 more

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Could ect erase the fear of getting cancer?

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 more

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Is a squamous cell carcinoma of the oesophagus deadly? My 60yr old mum died of it. Awful slow death!

Is a squamous cell carcinoma of the oesophagus deadly? My 60yr old mum died of it. Awful slow death!

See below: Squamous cell carcinoma if untreated is malignant cancer that can lead to death. If the location is not obvious, such as lung or oesophagus, it can be difficult to treat if not detected early. That being said, if it is caught early it can be treated successfully. ...Read more

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What are my chances of surviving lung cancer?

What are my chances of surviving lung cancer?

Depends: Survival from lung cancer depends on the stage of the cancer and the type of cancer and the response to treatments. ...Read more

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Am I at higher risk for melanoma because I had basal cell skin cancer?

Am I at higher risk for melanoma because I had basal cell skin cancer?

Yes: You are more prone to skin cancer and should be checked although the increase in melanomas not statistically dramatic. ...Read more

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What increases my risk for melanoma of the skin?

What increases my risk for melanoma of the skin?

Exposure to UV: Exposure to uv light, either from the sun or tanning beds is the leading preventable risk factor in melanoma. The uncountable risk factor is heredity. ...Read more

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What are chances of spot in mammogram being cancer?

What are chances of spot in mammogram being cancer?

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 more

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Can basal cell cancer increase my risk of melanoma?

Can basal cell cancer increase my risk of melanoma?

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 more

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I think I'm dieing of lung cancer?

I think I'm dieing of lung cancer?

Strange Question!: What makes you say this? Do you have Cancer for sure or not sure? Tell us more details about your health issues so that we can assist you better. ...Read more

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What kind of likelihood is there of dying from lung cancer?

What kind of likelihood is there of dying from lung cancer?

Measure survival: Depends on cell type, stage, metastatic location survival general 30-40% at five years, so 70 % mortality from the cancer or other things over time. Mostly older people as you know. ...Read more

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If I had 1/3 of a lung removed for lung cancer, what are the chances of me surviving without radiation?

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 more

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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

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Are neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin always cancer?

Are neoplasm of uncertain behavior of skin always cancer?

Usually not: Most skin pathologists will use that term when something is close to, but not definitely, a skin cancer. The final diagnosis may depend on whether any more tissue needs to be biopsied. ...Read more

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My grandfather died of lung cancer because of smoking, and smoked around us a lot. What is the probability of geting one of us cancer?

Higher: People who were exposed constantly to second hand smoking will have higher incidence of lung cancer than those who never got exposed.To smoking. ...Read more

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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, with the cancerous (malignant) cells growing ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

A type of cancer that develops from pigment-containing ...Read more