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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
Have a red thing comin up on my for head is it skin cancer and it is starting to hurt work in sun all day and my grandpa also has had it
Time to see your doc: It is time to see your friendly dermatologist. ...Read more
With head skin cancer at age 89, should it be ignored? Will somebody die before the skin cancer grows?
Type of cancer?: 3 common types: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma. No one would recommend ignoring melanoma. Squamous cell can spread to lymph nodes and beyond so should not be ignored unless the 89 year old is very ill and unable to be treated. Ignoring a basal cell in an 89 year old is not out of the question but if it becomes larger, painful and bleeding in 2 years, would we wish we had removed it at 89? ...Read more
About a week ago I got what looked like a black head on my back and I picked at it and now it's a scab. Could it be skin cancer.?
Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide an opinion without examining the lesion. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an in-person evaluation. ...Read more
SPF 35, uv A&B: Use sun block spf 35 and above with uv a& b protection. Bang for your buck after 35 is very little. Re apply 90 min to 2 hours even if it says all day block. This was a glitch in the system of sunblock approval from fda. Beyond 90 min it gave them a all day approval rating. It will be corrected soon. ...Read more
Scortum very itch, dry, brake out small pinple. Penis head is red, small pinple formed as ring. Some what look as fungus? Some what like skin cancer?
One of my moles recently started to bleed. Is that a sign of skin cancer? I'm a red head with very pale skin.
See your doctor: A bleeding mole is a warning sign. Please see your doctor to ascertain if the lesion needs to be removed for examination by a pathologist. ...Read more
Have a mole that appeared on my fore head after I went to an air shiw and got burnt my face peeled but it has not gone away its dark brown and raised im also so weak and fatigued and bruise super eaisily what can be going on I had skin cancer 5years ago a
To deal with for a computer question. I would make sure you get checked out as your concerns could be serious.
With a history of skin cancer at a very young age, you need to be extremely protective of your skin whenever you are going to be outside. You should wear sunscreen every day, and re-apply at least every 4 hours when you are in the sun. Wear a hat and protective clothing too! ...Read more
I just had cancer head melanoma surgry, anesthesia made urination very difficult, few drops a time, am now on flomox, and a catheta, how do I know if?
Hypertrophic prostat: melanoma of the head, if after resection requires grafting because of size, then some form of anesthesia needed. If general anesthesia given and known prostate enlargement at age 81 then urinary dribbling may occur. Use of Flomax (tamsulosin) can help and eventually near normal urine flow will occur without use of catheter. This is not a sign of possible spread of the melanoma. ...Read more
Needs evaluation: Do you sores that will not heal? Pale skin or red hair? Have you had common exposure to bright sunlight with frequent sunburns? Are there nodules on your skin that are growing irregularly. Check with your dermatologist if any of these are present. ...Read more
Can be: There can be a family component to many cancers including skin cancers. This should not be taken lightly. Sun exposure is another large risk factor for skin cancer. The two together can be very dangerous. If you have a strong family history, lots of sun exposure, or any enlarging skin lesions, be evaluated by your local doctor and/or dermatologist. ...Read more
See a doc.: Most skin cancers are diagnosed by biopsy of the skin. If you are concerned that you have a skin malignancy, see a physician or other provider or go to a clinic. Treatment may include excision of the lesion and/or in some instances treatment with a topical solution / ointment. Do not neglect or ignore a skin cancer, as some can have serious health impacts. ...Read more
It depends: There are different types of skin cancers. For melanoma, it can present as mole or pigmented lesions that changes color, grows, ulcerates and bleeds. For squamous cell ca, early stage starts like tiny skin plaques with thick flicky skin that can grow ulcerate with heaved up margins. Basal cell ca may have different forms but check with you physcian if not sure. ...Read more
Yes, but it varies: The most common factor causing skin cancers is sun exposure. There are some genetic disorders which make an individual more prone to developing a skin cancer. Different families and/or syndromes have different risks of cancer. If you have any skin lesions which are suspicious, be sure to have them checked out. If you have a strong family history, see your dermatologist early. Best wishes! ...Read more
TNM: Cancers are generally staged according to a t-n-m classification. A tumor is scored based on characteristics of the tumor, nodal spread, and metastasis. So, based on the size or depth of a skin cancer, it will receive a certain t score. The n score is based on whether it has spread to lymph nodes, and the m score tells you if it has spread to a distant site. The combination gives the staging. ...Read more
Majority are cured: Majority of skin cancer- like squamous cell, basal cell cancer- even melanoma- will be cured with surgical resection- if caught early. However if melanoma/cancerous mole is not caught early and already spreads to other distant organs then that would make it incurable. Other skin cancers such as skin lymphoma (cutaneous t cell lymphoma) - can be also difficult to cure- however it is treatable. ...Read more
Changing lesions: Lesions that are most concerning for cancer are non healing and frequently bleed or crust. Cancers such as basal cell cancers can have overlying vascularity called telangiectasias which are pathognomonic. Melanoma can be asymmetric, have irregular borders, pigment changes, be large in diameter and evolve or change over time. ...Read more
It is unlikely for a 15 yo to get the most common types of skin cancer, namely squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma. However, the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma, can certainly occur in a 15 yo or even in younger patients.
Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults aged 25-29 ; the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults aged 15-29. ...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