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Skin Cancer Lymph Nodes
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
No: A lymph node replaced with malignant cells growing as a primary lymphod tumor or metastatic from another site which has spread to axilla will not shrink without treatment, either chemo or RT. The node will enlarge further or if unchanged will spread to adjacent nodes. It does not have the potential to metastasize further to non lymphatic tissue such as liver or lung. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not necessary: From your post, I am guessing your swollen nodes are in the groins. This may be due to injury, infection or cancer. If the nodes are small and unchanged for may years, nothing to worry about. If the nodes have been getting larger, then you should talk with your doctor. Some cancer assocaited with swollen groin nodes are lymphoma, melanoma, and testicular cancer (in men), or cervical cancer (women). ...Read more
Depends: Lymph nodes are one aspect of evaluation for stage and treatment of breast cancer. It depends on size of breast cancer itself, number of lymph nodes involved, hormone status of the tumor, and dna testing can also help identify breast cancer risks. If the lymph node involvement is small, then there is little additioanl risk to the patient. There are many factors involved in assessing breast cancer. ...Read more
Could be: We all have lymph nodes in different parts of our bodies including the neck and jaw areas. Mostly they are small and you can't feel them. Occasionally they get bigger because of multiple reasons like inflammation, infection or yes, cancer too. If you have persistently enlarged nodes anywhere you should have them checked by your primary doc. Don't panic, just get checked. ...Read more
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could cancer metastase to distant regional lymph nodes before it metastase to the nearby lymph nodes?
No: tumors metastasize to regional nodes before distant nodes, but what goes to nodal disease only stays nodal. When breast spreads to nodes, one pos. axillary node is said to have better prognosis that 10 nodes. This is not due to # nodes but more nodes means primary has been spreading over a longer period of time. If axilla speads it is only to supraclavicular nodes and no other site. ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Ache behind left ear and felt in neck when I turn head to the right? Sensitive to touch as well. Cancer? Lymph nodes? HELP!
What percent of light skinned red heads get skin cancer, compared to the average u.S. Population?
Red heads: Red hair is one of the risk factors that is a increased risk of melanoma over black or brown hair. Such risk factors are related to the genetics that red headed people are more likely to be fair skinned and their skin burns more easily than others. People with such risk factors (also many moles, northern europe decent (e.g. Fair skin), blue eyes, family history of melanoma) means that they should. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: There are several different types of skin cancers. Squamous cell the skin begins as a small nodule and as it enlarges the center becomes necrotic and sloughs and the nodule turns into an ulcer. Basal cell patients present with a shiny, pearly nodule. Melanoma patients have an irregularly appearing pigmented lesion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Family history: Individuals with a family history of melanoma are at an increased risk. Also fair skinned people, those with over 100 moles, tanning bed users (especially those under 35), and people with a personal history of skin cancer are at an increased risk for skin cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Any age: Skin cancer can occur in any age. Skin cancer is caused by errors or mutations in the dna of skin cells. This then causes the cells to grow out of control leading to cancer. This can be from exposure to uv light from the sun or tanning beds or from exposure to toxic substances. There are also genetic diseases that can lead to skin cancer as well known as xeroderma pigmentosa. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Examine all over: It is important for you to examine your entire body as skin cancer can occur anywhere, not only on areas exposed to the sun. You should be familiar with your birthmarks, blemishes, and moles so you know what they look like and can spot changes. As you examine your skin, look for changes in the size, color, shape, or texture. If you see anything concerning, see a dermatologist! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Skin cancer spread: Skin cancer can spread via local extension. A basal cell carcinoma given enough time, can spread around nerve endings and other structures deep into vital territory and cause loss of the eye and even spread to the brain in very rare cases. Other tumors such as melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma can invade lymphatic vessels and blood vessels and spread to other organs. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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