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What are the differences between melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma?

What are the differences between melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma?

Different cell types: Melanomas originate from pigment producing cells called melanocytes, whereas squamous cell carcinomas from squamous cells in the skin. They appear different clinically. The former most frequently have irregular borders and many shades of brown, whereas the latter is often red scaly crusty plaques. However, rarely melanomas can loose their pigment and look like squamous cell ca. ...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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What is the difference between: basal cell carcinoma epithelioma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Skin cancer: The difference between basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma has to do with how the skin cancer cells appear under the microscope as well as how they behave. Therefore it is important that they be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible by a healthcare professional who specializes in this area. ...Read more

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What are squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

What are squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Types of cancer: Malignant melanoma is a type of cancer that originates from the melanocytes. It often travels to distant locations in the body and is the deadliest form of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma rarely travels to other parts of the body, but will recur locally if not treated appropriately. Squamous cell carcinoma rarely travels to other parts of the body. ...Read more

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Where to find more information on squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma?

Skin cancer: This question really cannot be answered in this setting. You should go on the computer and you can read all about these three types of skin cancers, . ...Read more

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Is it safe for a pt with history of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (father died of malignant melanoma and sister has had a melanoma removed) to take enbrel (etanercept) for ra? Red hair, blue eyes.

Is it safe for a pt with history of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (father died of malignant melanoma and sister has had a melanoma removed) to take enbrel (etanercept) for ra? Red hair, blue eyes.

Immunosuppressant: Enbrel (etanercept) is an immunosupressant to minimize yuur bodies attack of itself. Anything that lowers your immune system may increase your risk for certain cancers such as lymphoma, basal and squamous cell cancers, particularly if you are already fair skinned. Good sun block, wide brimmed hats, minimize sun exposure, etc. Your doctor should be able to discuss the relative risks of treatment of enbrel (etanercept). ...Read more

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Is a squamous cell carcinoma a skin cancer?

Is a squamous cell carcinoma a skin cancer?

Type of skin cancer: There 3 main types of skin cancers basal cell carcinoma which rarely spreads, squamous cell carcinoma which arises from the top layers of the skin and can spread and melanoma which arises from the pigment cells. Ssquamous cell carcinomas can start as actinic keratosis, precancerous lesion and then evolve into nosema disease and well to moderately, to poorly differentiated cancer. ...Read more

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Is squamous cell carcinoma just another name for skin cancer?

Yes: Squamous cell cancer is one of the two most common forms of skin cancer. It arises in the epithelial layers and is more aggressive than basal cell cancer which can remain dormant and slow growing for years without mets. Squamous cell as it grows does become more aggressive and will frequently metastasize to regional lymph nodes which must frequently be removed along with the primary. ...Read more

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Is invasive squamous cell carcinoma skin cancer more likely to spread than non-invasive?

Surgical excision: That is a pathological description of an excised lesion. There are two major ethos of treating a squamous cell cancers. The first is radiation, but this can leave permanent skin discoloration, and breakdown. Surgical excision with frozen echoing will help rule out. ...Read more

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What is the difference between squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma?

What is  the difference between squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma?

Different origins: Skin cancers are named for the type of skin cell that they develop from. A basal cell is generally a less dangerous tumor unless it is near an opening such as the nose, eye or ear. The squamous cell is more serious, requires a more aggressive surgical removal, and will sometimes spread inside the body (metastasize). ...Read more

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


Dr. John Ebner
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Squamous Cell Cancer (Definition)

By definition, these mimic the squamous epithelial surfaces of the body that provide protection. Keratin pearls, prominent desmosomes, apoptosis of individual cells, staining for the distinctive molecules in these surfaces all help ...Read more