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Doctor insights on: What Happens If Skin Cancer Goes Untreated

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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

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?

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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Do people ever get skin cancer on the head that goes away?

Do people ever get skin cancer on the head that goes away?

Skin cancer: A skin cancer typically does not go away on its own. Certain melanomas demonstrate regression (a white scar area where the typically darker melanoma was). See a dermatologist for any suspicious spots or growths. ...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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What causes skin cancer cells to go from normal to a cancer?

What causes skin cancer cells to go from normal to a cancer?

Ultraviolet light: While there is a new study implicating cigarette smoking as a contributing factor, most research points to ultraviolet light (sunshine, tanning bed, welding torch rays) as the most common trigger. More rarely, long term exposure to certain chemicals can also cause this in factory or farm workers whose skin is constantly exposed. A weakened immune system can aid the transformation. ...Read more

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Worried I might have skin cancer? One pink spot looks like a bite but won't go away

Worried I might have skin cancer? One pink spot looks like a bite but won't go away

See your doctor: Sometimes, it is not easy to differentiate a small basal cell carcinoma. Many times, it looks pinkish-just exactly the same as your skin color. If the spot/growth does not go away, bring it up to your doctor and your doctor can refer you to a dermatologist for better evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are some early signs of skin cancer? I have random marks all over my skin from years back that never go away?

What are some early signs of skin cancer? I have random marks all over my skin from years back that never go away?

Skin cancer: Skin cancer signs may include a spot or bump that is changing size, color, or shape. Also an area that does not heal may represent a skin cancer. See a dermatologist for any suspicious areas and a routine skin exam. ...Read more

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Can moisturisers without SPF, but claim to protect you from free radicals, prevent skin cancer if put on after going in sun?

Can moisturisers without SPF, but claim to protect you from free radicals, prevent skin cancer if put on after going in sun?

Need sunscreen: SPF free moisturisers do not protect against skin cancer. UVA and UVB light exposure increase the risk of skin cancer. Choose a moisturiser that has SPF or a sunscreen if going out in the sun. ...Read more

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What happens during a skin cancer screening visit?

What happens during a skin cancer screening visit?

Full body exam: Docotor will examine face, neck, trunk and extremities lookin off any suspicious lesions. If necessary the dermatologist will also examine lymph nodes, inside of mouth. Suspicious lesions if any will be biopsied. A follow up examination will be scheduled depending on findings and skin cancer, and family history. ...Read more

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What is skin cancer?

Abnormal cells: Skin cancer has become a concerning condition which affects approximately one in every five people today. There are several types of skin cancer, each of which is the result of abnormal cellular activity. Common forms of skin cancer are basal and squamous cell carcinomas and melanoma. Early treatment is ideal for optimal prognosis. Learn more about skin cancer at http://dermdocs. Com/. ...Read more

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Coler of skin cancer?

Varies..: Melanomas are often pigmented (dark) lesions with asymmetric borders and different colors within the cancer. Other skin cancers are more "skin colored" but often have scaling, ulcerations, prominent blood vessels, or a pearly appearance. All skin cancers enlarge with time. If you have doubt about a spot on your skin get it checked out. ...Read more

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Does skin cancer itch?

It can: Certain skin cancers, basal cell can instill an inflammatory respond in the surrounding skin which can "itch." best to see a doctor if you have a questions. ...Read more

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What causes skin cancer?

Sun damage, Genetics: There can be a family component to many cancers including skin cancers. This should not be taken lightly. Sun exposure is another large risk factor for skin cancer. The two together can be very dangerous. If you have a strong family history, lots of sun exposure, or any enlarging skin lesions, be evaluated by your local doctor and/or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Do I have skin cancer?

Do I have skin cancer?

Needs evaluation: Do you sores that will not heal? Pale skin or red hair? Have you had common exposure to bright sunlight with frequent sunburns? Are there nodules on your skin that are growing irregularly. Check with your dermatologist if any of these are present. ...Read more

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Is skin cancer hereditary?

Can be: There can be a family component to many cancers including skin cancers. This should not be taken lightly. Sun exposure is another large risk factor for skin cancer. The two together can be very dangerous. If you have a strong family history, lots of sun exposure, or any enlarging skin lesions, be evaluated by your local doctor and/or dermatologist. ...Read more

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How does skin cancer grow?

Local growth mostly: Mostly skin cancers (like all cancers) grow locally, spreading both side to side as well as down. For melanomas in particular, deep growth is more dangerous. Cancers also can jump (or metastasize) via lymphatic vessels or blood vessels. This can lead to spread to local lymph nodes or distant sites like the lungs, liver, brain, etc. ...Read more

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How do you get skin cancer?

How do you get skin cancer?

Sun damage: The most important risk factor is sun exposure, and the damage that comes from that. Other things can contribute including your genetics and family history. Wearing appropriate clothing and use of sunblock is the most important thing you can do to help skin cancer. ...Read more

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How does skin cancer begin?

How does skin cancer begin?

Sun damage: With rare exception, most skin cancers are caused by sun damage. Any new skin bump which is new, enlarging, and changing is concerning. The older you are, and the more sun exposure you have had, the higher the risk of skin cancer. Melanomas risk is remembered as abcd: asymmetry, irregular borders, irregular coloration, diameter >6mm. If in doubt, have it check out by your doctor. ...Read more

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How do you treat skin cancer?

Surgery: Skin cancers is usually treated by surgical excision. This allows you to assess that the margins are clear and will allow you to stage the tumor appropriately. Occasionally, in poor surgical candidates, non-surgical modalities may be employed. ...Read more

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Can this look like skin cancer?

See dermatologist: To evaluate the skin lesions and biopsy it if indicated. ...Read more

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How can skin cancer be treated?

How can skin cancer be treated?

Usually surgery: Most skin cancers are treated initially with surgical excision. In some cases, depending on the type of tumor, other modalities may be employed. These include radiation, chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy, and others. ...Read more

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Can skin cancer be transmitted?

Can skin cancer be transmitted?

Not possible: Skin cancer is not contagious and can not be transmitted from one person to another. ...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