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What are the odds of a squamous cell skin cancer spreading to lymph nodes?

What are the odds of a squamous cell skin cancer spreading to lymph nodes?

Very high: Neglected sqamous cell skin cancer is a very lethal lesion. It rapidly penetrates to deeper layers of skin , spread to regional lymph nodes. Early detection and wide excision will assure cure if you see a non healing ulcer seek the help of your physician for early diagnosis and cure. ...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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What is the likelihood of squamous cell skin cancer spreading to lymph nodes?

Depends: Most squamous cancers of the skin do not metastasize but some do. Many factors involved including the size of the tumor, its location, and microscopic appearance. ...Read more

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What is the probability of squamous cell skin cancer spreading to lymph nodes?

Rare but happens: While basal cell skin cancers almost never metastasize to lymph nodes, squamous cell cancers do, but rarely. ...Read more

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Can melanoma that spread to lymph nodes be cured ?(head)

Can melanoma that spread to lymph nodes be cured ?(head)

Yes!: Melanoma has about 50% probability of cure as long as it has only spread to the regional lymph nodes. The number of nodes affected by tumor will determine the risk of relapse and the odds of achieving cure . ...Read more

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Can a left ear melanoma give swollen lymph nodes on both sides of the neck, on the back of the head left side and also on the top of both shoulders?

Can a left ear melanoma give swollen lymph nodes on both sides of the neck, on the back of the head left side and also on the top of both shoulders?

Certainly: Melanoma can travel anywhere in the body, no matter where it originated. So, yes, a left ear melanoma can travel to lymph nodes in your neck (cervical nodes) on both sides, including the top (supraclavicular) and bottom (infraclavicular) areas of the collar bones. ...Read more

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I'm 22 and have 6 to 8 lumps on my head neck and higher back. Their not pimples. It's scaring me I think cancer is in my lymph nodes?

I'm 22 and have 6 to 8 lumps on my head neck and higher back.  Their not pimples.  It's scaring me I think cancer is in my lymph nodes?

Get them checked: At your age they might be lymph node cancer, which is quite treatable if you get a diagnosis & get started. It might also just be inflamed lymph nodes if your scalp/skin has issues with rash/bug bites, skin infection, etc. You can suffer with the pain of not knowing or get moving and find out. Its up to you to do something. ...Read more

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Ache behind left ear and felt in neck when I turn head to the right? Sensitive to touch as well. Cancer? Lymph nodes? HELP!

Ache behind left ear and felt in neck when I turn head to the right? Sensitive to touch as well. Cancer? Lymph nodes? HELP!

Check for rash: A localizearea with radiation of the pain, is suggestive of a nerve pain, with involvement of likely muscular, as it is related to movement, it is important to see if there is no rash, as on some occasions, prior to herpes zoster,one can have these symptoms ...Read more

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What percent of light skinned red heads get skin cancer, compared to the average u.S. Population?

What percent of light skinned red heads get skin cancer, compared to the average u.S. Population?

Higher than normal.: Although there is likely no universal percentage of skn cancer in a population, fair skinned people are the most prone group, and there have been many seperate studies showing this. This has to do with ultraviolet light exposure, and not enough pigment protection. All forms (melanoma, basal cell, squamous cell) are higher in this group. Use of sunscreen, and less exposure helps lower risk. ...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. 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