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Dr. Mike Bowman
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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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Need expert opinions about skin cancer types, what are they?

Need expert opinions about skin cancer types, what are they?

3 types: The commonest skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma which is fairly benign and has near 100% cure rates when treated early. Squamous cell cancer is the next most frequent skin cancer, this too does not spread so mostly cured easily. The worst kind of skin cancer is melanoma which has higher risik of spreading in the body. So it requires close watch and close check ups because of its dangerous natur. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could procedures like chemical peel, ultrasound, laser resurfacing cause skin cancer or any type of cancer?

Please tell me, could procedures like chemical peel, ultrasound, laser resurfacing cause skin cancer or any type of cancer?

Not really : 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. Certain types of laser resurfacing is actually beneficial to actinic damage or even precancerous lesions. ...Read more

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Could procedures like chemical peel, ultrasound, laser resurfacing cause skin cancer or any type of cancer?

Could procedures like chemical peel, ultrasound, laser resurfacing cause skin cancer or any type of cancer?

No: Chemical peel, ultrasound and other ways of manageing skin conditions essentially are unable to cause cancers especially of skin. The latter is causes by carcinogenic exposure, chronic exposure to ultraviolet light, and skin lesions such as cutaneous fistulas of long standing duration where viral involvement may be responsible. ...Read more

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How many different types skin cancers are there?

Many, but 3 big ones: All cancers are identified by the types of cells that they come from. There are many different types of skin cells, therefore there are many different types of skin cancers. There are three main ones, though. Squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma.  melanoma is the most dangerous, but basal cell more common. ...Read more

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Is there a type of skin cancer that can be lethal?

Is there a type of skin cancer that can be lethal?

Yes: Skin cancers that are more advanced (higher stage) are associated with lower survival rates. ...Read more

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What types of people get skin cancer?

All skin types: Anyone can get a skin cancer but there's higher risk for fairer skin complexion and increased sun exposure. Genetics plays an important role so if skin cancer runs in the family that puts you at higher risk. As more people live longer and spend more time in the sun, there will be increasing incidence of skin cancer. The U.S. Is currently having higher rates of skin cancer and will continue to incr. ...Read more

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Are there different types of skin cancer? If so, what are they?

Are there different types of skin cancer? If so, what are they?

Many: There are many types of skin cancer, too numerous to mention here, ..But some common ones are squamus cell and basal cell. Malignant melanoma is more serious. If you have concerns, or suspicious lesions, see a dermatiologist for a thorough skin exam. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Which type of skin cancer accounts for largest number of cancer deaths?

Which type of skin cancer accounts for largest number of cancer deaths?

Melanoma: Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. More than 75, 000 cases of skin cancer in 2012 were due to melanoma. It accounts for almost 9, 000 of the nearly 12, 000 skin cancer deaths each year. One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 62 minutes). ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more