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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
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
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
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
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
Squamous cell skin cancer or actinic keratosis? I’m confused. My doctor said I have actinic keratosis. Then he started talking about squamous cell skin cancer and how to treat it. So, do I have skin cancer or not?
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
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
Yes: They are epithelial (skin) cancers.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends: There are several different types of squamos cell carcinomas, scc. For instance scc of the skin is not aggressive and very rarely spreads rapidly to lymph nodes. Scc of the lung is very aggressive and spreads rapidly. ...Read more
My mom just found out a lesion on her arm is squamous cell skin cancer-- she was holding my newborn and he came in contact. Can he get it from her?
Common skin cancers: Basal cell followed by squamous Ca are the more common skin lesions. Bas=al cell almost never metastasizes compared to sqaumous cell Ca where if left will eventaujally spread to regional nodes. Early treatment for both is with Efudex (fluorouracil) (5FU) cream. When squamous is aggressive it can be removed by Mohs paste. Should nodal spread occur with squamous CA surgery followed by RT may be necessary. ...Read more
How long can squamous cell cancer of the lower eyelid go untreated before it spreads to lymph glands or the eye itself?
What percent of squamous cell skin cancers spread beyond skin? Also, how long does it typically take to spread once it forms?
Hard to know: It depends on where the cancer came from. Most cancerous nodes in this area would be from lip cancer, floor of the mouth cancer, cancer of the gum. With proper treatment, which can include surgery, radiation, and possible chemotherpy, the prognosis can be good. Other health problems such as smoking, diabetes, heart and lung disease all decrease the prognosis. ...Read more
What is the prognosis and survival rate for squamous cell carcinoma in the jawbone with only a couple of small lymph nodes involved?
Mandibular SCC: Head/ neck carcinomas including mandibular (jaw bone) squamous cell are staged according to size and lymph node involvement. This staging is the most important factor in survival and prognosis. Prognosis is improved with adequate surgery (complete removal with negative margins) and lymph node dissection. Radiation is possibly used to improve local recurrence rates. See a head and neck surgeon. ...Read more
Lung cancer spread: Sure it can I have seen it often ...Read more
See any doctor: Your regular doctor should be able to check you if you have suspicious spots on your skin and probably can even take a biopsy to make the diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with squamous cell skin cancer then you probably should see a skin cancer specialist such as a mohs surgeon or a facial plastic surgeon for treatment as these can be aggressive cancers. ...Read more
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
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
Is there any form of HPV that can be spread through genes? My dad has recently been diagnosed with skin cancer in his neck that is called squimy cell (i know that probably isn't spelled right) cancer. His doctor tested him for HPV and he has it. Now he is
My mum biopsy revealed squamous cell carcinoma grade 2 (in her mouth). I know it's a type of skin cancer but will it spread?
Needs to be staged.: The grade is an assessment of the degree of differentiation of the cell line based on its appearqnce and is used as an estimation of the aggressiveness. Grade 2 is typically worse than grade 1 but not as bad as grade 3. This does not necessarily mean that it has or will spread. Complete excision +/-radiation along with staging (local spread to adjoining structures or lymph nodes) is advised. ...Read more
Can a left ear melanoma give swollen lymph nodes on both sides of the neck, on the back of the head left side and also on the top of both shoulders?
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
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