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What Happens If Skin Cancer Goes 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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Address this, Anemia: Is an hematocrit outside the normative values for age and sex. Why the anemia is present is another matter, and requires investigation then correction. Failure to do so can have immediate and long term consequences. In the near term, you will likely tire easily, have headaches and difficulty staying on task. In the long term, anemia makes heart work harder than needed and can impair congnition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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