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Doctor insights on: Spindle Cell Skin Cancer

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What causes skin cancer cells to go from normal to a cancer?

What causes skin cancer cells to go from normal to a cancer?

Ultraviolet light: While there is a new study implicating cigarette smoking as a contributing factor, most research points to ultraviolet light (sunshine, tanning bed, welding torch rays) as the most common trigger. More rarely, long term exposure to certain chemicals can also cause this in factory or farm workers whose skin is constantly exposed. A weakened immune system can aid the transformation. ...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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I have had and currently have vascular cell skin cancer. Could this lead to different cancer?

I have had and currently have vascular cell skin cancer. Could this lead to different cancer?

Basal cell cancer: I am notmxpsure I have ever heard of a vascular cell skin cancer. Generally it doesn't lead to another type of skin cancer but is likely indicative that you are at a higher risk for developing other new basal skin cancers. ...Read more

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What does squamous cell skin cancer look like?

What does squamous cell skin cancer look like?

Different things...: Squamous cell skin cancer (scca) can take different appearances. In general the lesion will progressively enlarge. It is usually scaly and dry appearing and can have ulceration. It may bleed, esp. If picked at. It may be painless or itch. Early ones usually don't hurt. There are some benign skin lesions which mimic scca. Have any suspicious lesions examined and/or biopsied. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a squamous cell skin cancer to spread?

How long does it take for a squamous cell skin cancer to spread?

Spread is rare: Squamous cell cancer of the skin remains localized for many years and therefore is curable when excised with a small operation. It can spread if neglected for a long time (years). On rare occasions it can be more aggressive than the garden variety that I have described above. So it is best to take care of it within one or two months from the time of diagnosis. ...Read more

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How long might one have basal cell skin cancer on his face without knowing it?

How long might one have basal cell skin cancer on his face without knowing it?

Greatly varies: It may take years before someone may become aware of a skin cancer. There are slow growing cancers that grow underneath the surface and are more difficult to detect. That's why someone may have a very large skin cancer (growing deep but not appearing on the surface) and not be aware until it's grown very big and appears on the surface. A skin cancer may pop up suddenly and grow fast within days. ...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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For what length of time can you have a basal cell skin cancer on your face without knowing it?

One variety hides: Most forms of skin cancer grow outward an are noticed. One form, morpheaform looks like a flat white freckle and can go unnoticed. It is also the most likely to recur after surgery. ...Read more

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Is basal cell skin cancer dangerous? I’ve heard it doesn’t spread, so do I need to worry about getting it?

See below: Basal cell cancer almost never metastasizes, but untreated, will continue to grow. It is easily treated at an early stage, but if its growth involves vital structures, treatment can be disfiguring. In extreme cases, it can cause death. The moral of the story: as cancers go, it is not bad, but as for all cancers, it should be treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Can basil cell skin cancer be deadly?

Basal Cell Ca mortal: Not really. BCC is one of the less aggressive skin cancers. Best to discuss with your doctor or dermatologist in detail. ...Read more

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Am I at a higher risk for melanoma due to basal cell skin cancer?

Am I at a higher risk for melanoma due to basal cell skin cancer?

Yes: Basal cell carcinoma is one o the most common malignancy in the us. Risk factors include uv radiation from sun exposure. This also increases your risk of melanoma. Make sure to get regular full body examinations from your dermatologist so any suspicious lesion can be caught early and biopsied. ...Read more

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Am I at higher risk for melanoma because I had basal cell skin cancer?

Am I at higher risk for melanoma because I had basal cell skin cancer?

Yes: You are more prone to skin cancer and should be checked although the increase in melanomas not statistically dramatic. ...Read more

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How fast does basal cell skin cancer spread if the doctors report came back "deep"?

How fast does basal cell skin cancer spread if the doctors report came back "deep"?

Very very slowly: While basal cell carcinoma can metastasize and spread from the skin, it is very unlikely to do so unless they are very big (larger than the size of your fist). For the most part, bcc are slow growing cancers that can destroy surrounding tissue if neglected. So if you have been diagnosed with one, I would followup with your dermatologist or mohs surgeon soon to get it treated. ...Read more

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What is squamous cell vs basal cell skin cancer?

Different growth: Basal cell skin cancers often grow deeper and more destructive when left untreated causing large ulcerated areas. Squamous carcinomas more often spread radially and have a higher risk of spread to other organs if left untreated. ...Read more

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What are the odds of a squamous cell skin cancer spreading to lymph nodes?

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 more

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What causes pain in the muscle behind a (potential) basal cell skin cancer?

What causes pain in the muscle behind a (potential) basal cell skin cancer?

Inflammation: Inflammation is often the cause of pain. However, when associated with cancer, nerve involvement by tumor needs to be excluded. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of squamous cell skin cancer spreading to lymph nodes?

Depends: Most squamous cancers of the skin do not metastasize but some do. Many factors involved including the size of the tumor, its location, and microscopic appearance. ...Read more

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What is the probability of squamous cell skin cancer spreading to lymph nodes?

Rare but happens: While basal cell skin cancers almost never metastasize to lymph nodes, squamous cell cancers do, but rarely. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

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


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more