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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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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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Can cancer grow a lot in 3 months ?

Can cancer grow a lot in 3 months ?

Depends: Some cancers can grow a lot in a mater of weeks while others may not grow or do so slowly over a period of years (even if untreated). Cancer is not one disease but many diseases with different behaviors. ...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 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?

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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Do fast growing cancers grow in certain areas?

Do fast growing cancers grow in certain areas?

Yes: Fast growing tumors can grow in nearly any area. The site of the tumor does not always influence the growth rate. The tumors microscopic appearance and gene profile determine its growht. ...Read more