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What body organs are affected by skin cancer?

What body organs are affected by skin cancer?

Metastases: Melanoma can spread or metastasize to the other organs of the body. The most common sites are to the liver, lung, brain, lymph nodes. Metastatic melanoma is considered stage iv. 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 body system does skin cancer effect?

What body system does skin cancer effect?

Skin and others: Skin cancer came from skin cells. Some of the most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, lymphoma involving the skin... However, by nature, cancer, including skin cancer can travel to any other organs in the body such as brain, lungs, liver, bone, lymph nodes, other part of the skin, ect...This is more common with meolanoma and rare with basal or squamous. Read more

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Can skin cancer spread to the internal organs?

Can skin cancer spread to the internal organs?

Certain kinds can: Melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma can and do spread to other organs. Melanoma is the big one. It will be summer soon. Wear sunscreen, a hat, and coverup when in the sun. This is especially important for our children as sun exposure when you are young can have significant ramifications later. Read more

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How does skin cancer affect organs and tissues?

How does skin cancer affect organs and tissues?

Depends: Depends on what type of skin cancer. Basal cell mainly stays on the skin, but some type can be more aggressive and spread to neighboring tissues, same is true for squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. Melanoma however can get very aggressive and spread to lymph nodes and other tissues and organs away from the skin area it was first found. Read more

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My dad recently had some localized skin cancer removed. Can it spread to other internal organs even if it was removed?

My dad recently had some localized skin cancer removed. Can it spread to other internal organs even if it was removed?

Skin cancer: Melanoma and other skin cancers can spread to internal organs if not treated early. Other types of skin cancer can be very localized and unlikely to spread. Read more

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Dr. Crosby, my uncle is 54 years old and was diagnosed with skin cancer today. He noticed the skin mole 3 years ago. How likely is it for the cancer to be present in some of his vital organs? And how likely is he to survive this cancer?

Dr. Crosby, my uncle is 54 years old and was diagnosed with skin cancer today. He noticed the skin mole 3 years ago. How likely is it for the cancer to be present in some of his vital organs? And how likely is he to survive this cancer?

It all depends on St: Stage of Cancer determines the prognosis. Early stage Melanoma is highly curable but recurrence of melanoma can be bad news as it carries a bigger risk to your life. So your uncle should go see a melanoma specialist and find out the stage of his cancer and confirm if it is indeed a Melanoma or some other cancer type? Read more

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What populations are most affected by skin cancer?

Sun exposure: People exposed to excessive sun exxposure can be found to have a higher incidence of skin malignancies. This is true in Australia where there is also an opening in the ozone layer. Persons receiving sun and wind such a sailors on ships also have a higher incidence of facial skin malignancies Read more

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How can skin cancer affect your body?

How can skin cancer affect your body?

Many ways: Skin cancer can range from a minor problem (a small bump or growth to be burned or cut off) to a life threatening issue (deeper melanomas). Early detection and treatment is key. If you think you may have a skin cancer, get it checked out! Read more

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How can skin cancer affect the whole body?

Usually doesn't: However sometimes skin cancers can metastasize and spread to distant parts of the body. Also, the same sun damage which caused one skin cancer, has made other parts of the skin vulnerable to cancer as well. Read more

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How is skin cancer spread through the body?

How is skin cancer spread through the body?

Skin cancer spread: Skin cancer can spread via local extension. A basal cell carcinoma given enough time, can spread around nerve endings and other structures deep into vital territory and cause loss of the eye and even spread to the brain in very rare cases. Other tumors such as melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma can invade lymphatic vessels and blood vessels and spread to other organs. Read more

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What happens to the body when you have skin cancer?

Depends on type: There are several different types of skin cancers. Squamous and basal skin cancers tend to stay locally on the skin and grow larger over time. Melanoma has the ability to travel to distant places in the body and form new tumors. Read more

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What would experts say about affect of skin cancer on your body?

Skin cancer: Some skin cancers are locally invasive and grow deeper into the skin, fat or even bone if left untreated. Other skin cancers such as melanoma have the potential to spread or metastasize to internal organs. Read more

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What are the short and long term effects from skin cancer on the body?

It Depends on Type: "Skin cancer" refers to literally dozens of specific cancers. The 3 most common types are Melanoma (MM), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC). MM is usually easily treated if caught early but can be fatal if it spreads. SCC is usually easily treated if caught early but in certain cases can spread and be fatal. BCC is the least dangerous b/c it rarely spreads, but can disfigure Read more

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What to do if I know sunscreen is a must, what else can be done to protect your body from skin cancer?

What to do if I know sunscreen is a must, what else can be done to protect your body from skin cancer?

Appropriate clothing: Good hats, long sleeve shirts, pants, etc will all help protect from sun damage. Many good brands are available including coolibar, solumbra, columbia, etc. If you have any concerns, see a dermatologist for full body examination and biopsies if needed. Read more

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Explain the short and long term effects of skin cancer on the human body?

None / Death: This isn't the best place to go for a homework question, but we're glad to help. A basal cell carcinoma on the face won't do a thing beyond growing inexorably. Neglect it, and it will destroy an eye, nose, and eventually grow into the brain. That's the end. Squamous cell carcinomas can spread to remote sites and melanomas do so even more aggressively. Effect depends on location. Read more

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Can skin cancer cause a tumors in the body far away from the actual skin lesion?

Can skin cancer cause a tumors in the body far away from the actual skin lesion?

It's possible: Particularly for melanoma, one of the more aggressive types of skin cancer, tumors can sometimes occur in various areas of the body relatively far away from the original skin lesion. Sometimes a "sentinel" lymph node close to the original lesion is removed to check for early spread. However, for types of skin cancer like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, it is highly unlikely. Read more

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What to do if I have 80 moles on body, none atypical, will I die of skin cancer?

What to do if I have 80 moles on body, none atypical, will I die of skin cancer?

Moles: A large number of moles has been linked to a greater chance of melanoma development. See a dermatologist yearly to have moles evaluated. Read more

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