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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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What happens if a squamous cancer goes untreated?

What happens if a squamous cancer goes untreated?

Various developments: If lesion small and cutaneous, then lesion will grow, ulcerate and scab over. If aggressive skin lesion on face or chest wall such lesions rapidly metastasize to region nodes such as those of parotid or axilla and then require radical node dissection. Have seen cases where a chest wall lesion metastatic to axilla required amputation secondary to major vessel involvement. ...Read more

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What will happen if cancerous mole goes untreated?

What will happen if cancerous mole goes untreated?

Spreads: The rule for all tumors is that if you leave them alone they will grow on you. Melanoma or a malignant mole can rapidly spread to lymph nodes and then disseminate to every known organ in the body. It can produce satellites adjacent to the primary, ulcerate and bleed. In rare instances spontaneous regression is seen probably because of shedding of tumor protein into the skin inducing immunity. ...Read more

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What happens if thyroid cancer is left untreated?

What happens if thyroid cancer is left  untreated?

Thyroid cancer: Potentially good prognosis on treated patients depending on type. If left untreated can grow locally or can spread to other places. ...Read more

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What happens when you leave colon cancer untreated and it begins to bleed?

What happens when you leave colon cancer untreated and it begins to bleed?

Complications: The natural course of untreated colon cancer includes local and systemic effects. Local effects may include bleeding, perforation, intestinal obstruction, and growth into adjacent organs. Systemic effects include spread to other organs such as the liver and lungs. Of course, the best time to treat a cancer is as soon as it is diagnosed. ...Read more

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What happens to untreated testicle cancer?

What happens to untreated testicle cancer?

Progression: Untreated testicular cancer can eventually spread regionally or advance to distant metastasis if not treated appropriately in time. ...Read more

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What will happen if basal cell carcinoma goes untreated?

What will happen if  basal cell carcinoma goes untreated?

It will grow: It will grow and spread, and possibly cause damage to skin and other structures, depending on it's anatomic site. ...Read more

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What happens if my cervical cancer is left untreated?

What happens if my cervical cancer is left untreated?

Death: Cervical cancer is the number one killer of women worldwide. Cervical cancer if left untreated will lead to death. ...Read more

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What happens if a vaginal infection goes untreated?

What happens if a vaginal infection goes untreated?

More symptoms: Vaginal symptoms may worsen which may be more irritating than dangerous. However, what is considered a vaginal infection may not be the case. If persistent, examination is indicated to rule out more serious problems. In addition, cervical lesions may induce vaginal infections. ...Read more

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What will happen if my anemia goes untreated?

What will happen if my anemia goes untreated?

Bad stuff: What can happen if you do not treat your anemia depends to some degree on the cause of your anemia because anemia is a symptom and not a disease by itself (it results from a lot of different problems). Anemia by itself strains the heart and chronic anemia can lead to heart failure. You should find out the cause and get treated. ...Read more

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What happens if a skin abscess is left untreated for too long?

What happens if a skin abscess is left untreated for too long?

Gets better or worse: It will either get better on its own by opening and draining or by being absorbed by the body or it will get worse and need incision and drainage with antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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What happens if lyme's disease goes untreated?

What happens if lyme's disease goes untreated?

Lots : Systemic effects of the muscle, joints, heart, central nervous system can get involved. ...Read more

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What happens if scoliosis goes untreated?

What happens if scoliosis goes untreated?

Depends: There are different types of scoliosis. Some will almost always worsen. Others are at risk to worsen while a person is young, but are more stable when the skeleton is mature (adult). Even then, there can be slow progression if the curve is moderate at maturity. Mild curves may not worsen at all. Consult with a scoliosis specialist about your curve (if you have scoliosis). ...Read more

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What happens if foot fungus goes untreated?

What happens if foot fungus goes  untreated?

Sometimes nothing: Other times it can spread...Can spread to different body parts. If it is inbetween toes it can cause a deeper infection thru cracks in the skin. Oftentimes, fungus on the skin will cause fungus on toenails.....Best to get rid of as usually a cream for a couple of weeks is pretty effective. ...Read more

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What can happen if a stomach infection goes untreated?

What can happen if a stomach infection goes untreated?

Do U mean H.pylori?: H.Pylori status is checked with the intention of treating the infection to eradication, when found. Untreated H.pylori may increase your risk of ulceration as well as of stomach cancer. Don't however confuse a positive H.pylori blood test with actual infection--having the antibody may only mean that at some point you were exposed. Biopsy, breath test, stool antigen assess for active bacteria. ...Read more

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What will happen if diverticulitis goes untreated?

What will happen if diverticulitis goes untreated?

Quite variable: If it's a mild case, possibly nothing and your body may health without any intervention. But the opposite side of the spectrum is that you can develop life-threatening complications include perforation of your colon and complicating sepsis. In those actively being treated and requiring surgery, some studies show up to a 5% chance of death! ...Read more

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What happens if gonorrhea is left untreated?

What happens if gonorrhea is left untreated?

Infertility: Gonorrhea is an std, reportable to state health agencies which require treatment.If not treated, it can be passed on to other parners. In women, it can cause infection in the tubes and ovaries, pelvic scarring, and infertility. It can cuase a serious infection in the pelvis leading to hospitalization, and can lead to hysterectomy and removal of tubes and ovaries, a young woman's nightmare. ...Read more

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What happens if someone is gets a biopsy and diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic skin cancer,what happens next (treatment..)?

What happens if someone is gets a biopsy and diagnosed with stage 3 metastatic skin cancer,what happens next (treatment..)?

Staging/treatment: typically these patients undergo imaging to make sure they are not Stage IV. Surgery is the main treatment for skin cancer. This typically involves removing the main tumor with a margin of normal skin and removing the lymph node basin to which the tumor has travelled. Additional radiation and/or chemotherapy may also be considered. ...Read more

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What will happen if addison's disease is left untreated?

What will happen if addison's disease is left untreated?

Sure Death: Adiison Disease a serious endocrine condition in which a one lacks a very important hormone that the body needs to stay alive.This hormone cortisol is needed to fight infections and maintain normal electrolytes in blood If not treated the patient will certainly die President Kennedy had this condition but that did not kill him as he was treated ...Read more

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What will happen if asthma goes untreated?

What will happen if asthma goes untreated?

Difficult to answer: Apart from the immediate consequences (not being able to breathe, long term untreated asthma can cause the lungs to lose their elasticity and the patient can develop COPD . If you have asthma, get treated. If you're not sure, get diagnosed. ...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