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What happens if skin cancer is left untreated?

What happens if skin cancer is left untreated?

It will spread: Different cancers spread differently. All cancers will grow locally and cause damage to nearby structures. Cancers can spread to lymph nodes which drain a particular body area as well (i.e. Squamous cell, and melanoma). Some cancers (particularly melanoma) will jump to distant sites early (brain, lung, liver, etc). This is distant metastasis, and imparts poor prognosis. ...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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How long is it supposed to it take for skin cancer to kill someone if left untreated?

How long is it supposed to it take for skin cancer to kill someone if left untreated?

Skin Cancer: The length of time one could survive with an untreated skin cancer depends on the type of skin cancer. The earlier the diagnosis and treatment the better the prognosis. There is no reason for an otherwise healthy person to leave skin cancer untreated. ...Read more

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Can a basal cell carcinoma skin cancer, if left untreated eventually invade and become life threatening? It is on shoulder now for 8 years!

Can a basal cell carcinoma skin cancer, if left untreated eventually invade and become life threatening? It is on shoulder now for 8 years!

Invasion of BCC: While this is very very rare there have been reported cases. The main reason to have it removed is that the larger it gets the harder it is to remove. The scar will be bigger and you will wish you had it removed when it was smaller. ...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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How can they remove skin cancer and what happens afterwards?

How can they remove skin cancer and what happens afterwards?

Skin cancer: Skin cancer is most often treated surgically and repaired with stitches. Radiation treatment , topical chemotherapy creams, and liquid nitrogen may also be recommended depending on the type, size, location of skin cancer as well as the overall physical health of the patient. ...Read more

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I just found out that I may have skin cancer. What happens if I don't get it treated?

Depend on the cell: Depends on what type of skin cancer, basal cell cancer takes years years to erode through , melanoma spreads rapidly if untreated, basal cell spreads slowly ( less rapid )treatment is simple prognosis is excellent in localized stage see your doctor with out delay. ...Read more

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Can skin cancer be fluid filled and be popped then go flat? Area around it is still pink and puffy though.

No, it is a blister: Skin Cancer is solid, so it will not popp and flatten like you ahve descrobed. From your description, it seems that you had a blister which can occur due to one or more reasons like an infection or a skin burn. It may stay red for a few days till it is fully healed. If it gets worse, show it to your doctor as it can get infected if you did not keep it clean. ...Read more

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What happens if you just ignore a skin cancer mole?

Don't take a chance!: If a mole or any lesion on the skin has been biopsied as a cancer you need to follow through with the recommended treatment. This usually is complete removal by surgical excision. Melanoma kills so have any concerning lesion checked by a dermatologist and if the biopsy comes back as an early melanoma have it excised as this is curative. Don't take a chance. ...Read more

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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. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a 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