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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 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 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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My skin biopsy is infected. What happens?

My skin biopsy is infected. What happens?

Topical Antibiotic: Skin biopsies are usually easy to treat because they are superficial and topical antibiotic ointment should be sufficient to make it heal in a few days. ...Read more

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What happens if cancer is when an oncogene becomes active, what if it mutates the other way?

What happens if cancer is when an oncogene becomes active, what if it mutates the other way?

No change: The existence of oncogenes is universal and termed proto oncogenes. When they mutate they help the cell to tolerate mutations that result in cancer. There are no known instances when an oncogene reverts to a non active proto oncogene. if the oncogene is shut off where function is reduced or stopped, the cell can revert to normal. ...Read more

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What happens if no chemo .. what is it like for someone to die from lung cancer?

What happens if no chemo .. what is it like for someone to die from lung cancer?

Comfort care time: If someone has advanced lung cancer and treatment is not an option, then the focus should be on making sure any symptoms they have or may develop will be controlled. Hospice may be an option. End stage lung cancer patients may experience shortness of breath or pain (in the chest or other sites where the cancer has spread). There may be constipation from pain medications/lack of appetite. ...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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How to tell if this 'mass' in my right testicle is something normal or is it something like testicular cancer?

Get seen: A mass in your testis is cancer until proved otherwise -- even if you bruised it a while back. Neglect a testicular cancer and it will kill you. Catch it early and you'll get your life back. Don't wait, to be brave act brave, and make that phone call to your physician. ...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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Why is ascites could happen on mesothelioma patient? Is that means the cancer is spreaded to organs near the abdomen like ovaries? Please advice.

Why is ascites could happen on mesothelioma patient? Is that means the cancer is spreaded to organs near the abdomen like ovaries? Please advice.

It is caused by tumo: Your tumor causes ascites. This is common in most abdominal cancers as fluid leaks out of the cancerous tumors.. Only an effective anticancer treatment can slow it down. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a nodule on your lung the size of 11mm? Is it cancer

What does it mean when you have a nodule on your lung the size of 11mm? Is it cancer

It depends: Lung nodules can be benign or malignant. It depends on the whether it's new or stable, with or without calcium, smooth or irregular margin, and smoking history. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if breast cancer is in stage 0?

What does it mean if breast cancer is in stage 0?

DCIS : Dcis is stage 0 breast cancer it is ductal carcinoma in situ this is made of cancerous cell that are actually located in their normal position in the breast duct and do not have the ability to spread which is the hallmark of the invasive or real breast cancer it is treated usually with surgery and radiation and hormonal treatment. ...Read more

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What happens when a leg tumor is found to be malignant?

What happens when a leg tumor is found to be malignant?

Tumors of: The extremity can be in the bone or soft tissue. These are life threats. W/u for metastasis to lung, then principle is 1. Save life; 2. Save limb; 3. Save function of limb; make it look as best as normal that you can. ...Read more

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Moles appearing that i've never seen before. When is it a danger? How do I know if the mole is cancerous? What is the likelihood of it being cancer?

Moles appearing that i've never seen before. When is it a danger? How do I know if the mole is cancerous? What is the likelihood of it being cancer?

Look for ABCD moles: A = asymmetrical b= border of mole is irregular c= variegated (different colors or shades within) d = diameter greater than 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser) these are general guidelines ; see your dermatologist if you have any concerns. ...Read more

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What happens if spleen is damaged beyond repair but not removed what happens to it?

What happens if spleen is damaged beyond repair but not removed what happens to it?

It Involutes: A damaged or dysfunctional spleen can gradually be resorbed by the body. This process is called involution. Sometimes a small remnant of the spleen will remain but it is not large enough or has enough blood flow to perform its job. ...Read more

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I have a circular lump (1.5-2cm diameter) in my buttock for around 6 months. It is under the skin. It is hard . It is painless. It doesn't pain even if I push it. Skin colour. There is a layer of skin above the lump. Is it serious. Should I worry. ?

I have a circular lump (1.5-2cm diameter) in my buttock for around 6 months. It is under the skin. It is hard . It is painless. It doesn't pain even if I push it. Skin colour. There is a layer of skin above the lump. Is it serious. Should I worry. ?

Lipoma: You have a painless lump under your skin. It may be a fatty tumor. Called. Lipoma. Have the mass/bump looked at when you see your doctor during the regular yearly visit. Note if it changes in size, color or draonage ...Read more

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How can I tell if it is the lung cancer or & the chemotherapy that is making me look old?

How can I tell if it is the lung cancer or & the chemotherapy that is making me look old?

All of the above: You are aging as we all ate! but the disease and treatments are debilitating and accompanied by anemia, weakness, tissue damage and more. Keep up the good effort and attitude of youth! ...Read more

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What is eye cancer like and is it cureable?

What is eye cancer like and is it cureable?

Yes, eyelid skin: Uv rays damage the delicate skin of the eyelids and can lead to skin cancers there. It has to be surgically removed. ...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