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Doctor insights on: Skin Cancers That Grow Sideways

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How does skin cancer grow?

How does skin cancer grow?

Local growth mostly: Mostly skin cancers (like all cancers) grow locally, spreading both side to side as well as down. For melanomas in particular, deep growth is more dangerous. Cancers also can jump (or metastasize) via lymphatic vessels or blood vessels. This can lead to spread to local lymph nodes or distant sites like the lungs, liver, brain, etc. ...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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Does it ever happen that a squamous cell skin cancer grow under skin without any sign?

Does it ever happen that a squamous cell skin cancer grow under skin without any sign?

Usually not. : However some skin cancer can look like moles or other common growths. It is best to be checked by your doctor or dermatologist once a year. More frequently if you have a history of skin cancer or it runs in the family. ...Read more

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What does skin cancer look like? I have a growth that's been on my shoulder for several years now and it continue to grow and I have pictures if u ned

What does skin cancer look like? I have a growth that's been on my shoulder for several years now and it continue to grow and I have pictures if u ned

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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When there is cancer in the head and neck. Lumps are a symptom. Now do they mean the cancerous lump in lymph nobes? Or lumps grow anywhere In the neck

When there is cancer in the head and neck. Lumps are a symptom. Now do they mean the cancerous lump in lymph nobes? Or lumps grow anywhere In the neck

Cancer head and neck: Cancer has usually moved (metastasized) to lymph nodes as lymph flows out of primary tumor and into lymph nodes as it tries to get back to venous system. ...Read more

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What are skin cancers?

What are skin cancers?

Skin malignancies: Skin cancers are cutaneous malignancies that are closely linked to sun exposure over the course of a lifetime. Major types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma (the most common malignancy in all human beings), squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma (the deadliest skin cancer). If you are worried about something on your skin, visit a dermatologist who can examine your area of concern. ...Read more

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How can cancer start in your skin?

How can  cancer start in your skin?

Sun and genetics: Most cancers start from ultraviolet damage damaging your dna. Melanoma is genetic and/or sun induced. A few other chemicals may also be carcinigenic such as ionizing radiation and arsenic. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of head cancer?

What are the symptoms of head cancer?

Headache/ nausea: Head cancer i assume you mean brain cancer. Headache, nausea, vomiting, seizures, stroke like sumptoms may be some of the typical presenting signs. Some may have speech, memory, or movement / motor function problems. ...Read more

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What do skin cancers usually look like?

What do skin cancers usually look like?

Non-healing wounds: If you have a growth that is not healing, and tends to bleed on its own, you should definitely bring it to the attention of your dermatologist. For photos of common skin cancers, please see the following website: http://www.Aad.Org/skin-conditions/skin-cancer-detection. ...Read more

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Help can cancer leave marks on the skin?

Help can cancer leave marks on the skin?

Surgery for skin ca: yes, the treatment for skin cancer- i.e. surgery can leave marks on the skin. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have cancer on my head?

How do I know if I have cancer on my head?

On or in?: If you are concerned about cancer "on" your head, you will feel a mass or lump. If the concern is about cancer "in" your head, that is a difficult issue. Brain tumors may present with convulsions, paralysis, vision or hearing issues, mental changes etc. ...Read more

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How many different types skin cancers are there?

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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How does cancer produce dimpling of the overlying skin?

Dimpling: Sometimes the mass causes mild swelling around it that is not enough to be seen but it's enough to make the connective tissue/ligaments that support the breast to be pulled inward and causing skin dimpling. ...Read more

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Could a knot on the back lower part of my head be cancer?

Could a knot on the back lower part of my head be cancer?

Need to see it: Common cysts of the scalp are easily felt as freely-movable, smooth-surfaced masses and may be kept or excised as seems best to you, with your physician's approval. An old bump can leave a harmless fibrous scar where the bruise was. A cancer here is uncommon, but a new mass or ulcer that is growing anywhere is worrisome. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives for shaving your head for cancer?

What are some alternatives for shaving your head for cancer?

Cut it short: I usually advise against shaving the head because it causes nicks and cuts which can become infected. Also, patients develop folliculitis because of the irritation. Cut it short to make it easier to accept emotionally and make your bed and sink easier to clean. ...Read more

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How to tan healthily? Without getting cancer and skin damages

How to tan healthily? Without getting cancer and skin damages

Sunscreen : Sunscreen will not stop all if the ultraviolet radiation from reaching into the skin. The uvr that gets through will lead to tanning and sometimes burning . Remember there is no such thing as a safe tan. Tanning greatly increases your chances of developing skin cancer. ...Read more

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I have problem with my skin, but it isn't cancer, what could it be?

Many things: There are numerous skin conditions, and without examing you or getting more of a description it is impossible to even make an educated guess. You need to see a dr. For an evaluation and get a diagnosis, so that your treatment can be tailored appropriately for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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The majority of skin cancers occur on the left side of the face. Why is that?

The majority of skin cancers occur on the left side of the face. Why is that?

Do they?: There no data, that I am aware of, indicating that one side is affected more than the other. Most skin cancers occur in sun exposed areas. ...Read more

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I have lead in my skin and I'm worried it could cause cancer can it or can it not?

How do you know?: How did you determine that there is lead in your skin? Lead accumulates in bones not in skin. All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more