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Short And Long Term Effects Of Skin Cancer
None / Death: This isn't the best place to go for a homework question, but we're glad to help. A basal cell carcinoma on the face won't do a thing beyond growing inexorably. Neglect it, and it will destroy an eye, nose, and eventually grow into the brain. That's the end. Squamous cell carcinomas can spread to remote sites and melanomas do so even more aggressively. Effect depends on location. ...Read more
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
It Depends on Type: "Skin cancer" refers to literally dozens of specific cancers. The 3 most common types are Melanoma (MM), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC). MM is usually easily treated if caught early but can be fatal if it spreads. SCC is usually easily treated if caught early but in certain cases can spread and be fatal. BCC is the least dangerous b/c it rarely spreads, but can disfigure ...Read more
Skin cancer: A skin cancer may grow slowly without spreading quickly or it can develop more rapidly and have the likelihood of spreading to other organs if it is not treated quickly enough. A dermatologist can evaluate for skin cancer and treat as soon as possible to avoid complications. ...Read more
Yes: Clothes provide a false sense of safety. Actually, the sun's rays still penetrate clothing. Nothing prevents skin cancer other than avoiding the sun altogether. There are special fabrics and clothing that are 30+ SPF and higher made to add protection if you are active. I would suggest this option if you are outdoors for long periods of time in the sun. ...Read more
What can I do if my grandfather was found today to have melanoma skin cancer. How long could he possibly live?
How long does it take for an ak to turn into scc skin cancer? I've had one for ten years then it regressed should I be worried it spread?
Had actinic keratosis turned into cancer, you would have seen it at that site. AK does not spread into other organs.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
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
Greatly varies: It may take years before someone may become aware of a skin cancer. There are slow growing cancers that grow underneath the surface and are more difficult to detect. That's why someone may have a very large skin cancer (growing deep but not appearing on the surface) and not be aware until it's grown very big and appears on the surface. A skin cancer may pop up suddenly and grow fast within days. ...Read more
How much sun exposure would it take for someone to get skin cancer. I went sun tanning for the first time in a long time and I am a bit concerned?
Hard to say: There are different susceptibilities with differing skin types & genetic backgrounds. There is clear data suggesting more risk with sunburns before the age of 21 than in later life. At this point we just recommend people be realistic. Tanning booths are a cosmetic aid that feeds your perception of what looks good. Their risks are known. A yearly physical including skin exam is a worthwhile tradeoff ...Read more
Pink, crusty bump on skin. Won't go away now for about a week. How long should I wait to see a dermatologist? Can it be skin cancer?
Suspicious: Your lesion sounds suspicious enough that I would make an appointment to see your friendly dermatologist. ...Read more
Skin Cancer: Most skin cancers are generally felt to be caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. There are other causes. Basal cell skin cancer can usually be treated by local excision. Squamous cell skin cancer and melanoma are more aggressive and can metastasize. They require more extensive surgery. Any suspicious skin lesion should be biopsied. ...Read more
What are the chances of developing skin cancer following co2 laser skin resurfacing? I believe my fair skin due to my irish heritage makes me more prone to burns and skin cancer. Can co2 laser cause such side effects?
No: Co2 laser resurfacing removes a layer of skin in a controlled fashion. In some cases, patients with extensive precancers can be treated with co2 laser, most frequently done on the lips. Sun protection is the most important measure to prevent skin cancer, regardless of whether or not you've had co2 laser resurfacing. Your fair skin may increase your risk of skin cancer independent of co2 laser. ...Read more
Skin and others: Skin cancer came from skin cells. Some of the most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, lymphoma involving the skin... However, by nature, cancer, including skin cancer can travel to any other organs in the body such as brain, lungs, liver, bone, lymph nodes, other part of the skin, ect...This is more common with meolanoma and rare with basal or squamous. ...Read more
Yes, but not common: Melanomas (and other skin cancers) are most commonly caused by sun exposure, but they rarely do appear in strange places...I have seen/known patients who have had melanomas come up under their fingernails, in the mouth or sinuses, etc. If you notice any moles on your body which are changing, have them looked at. ...Read more
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
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