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What Happens If Squamous Cell Carcinoma Goes Untreated
How long can squamous cell cancer of the lower eyelid go untreated before it spreads to lymph glands or the eye itself ?
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
I keep watching a white cover one side of my tongue past 4 months I think it is squamous cell carcinoma, NO INSURANCE. Prognosis if I let it happen?
Get seen!: We both know this is not normal! A university center with Oral Surgery near you may offer lots of free care because the government pays for the training. Otherwise call around- there is a good-hearted doc nearby. I had a friend die because she ignored a mouth lesion too long. Please don't let it happen to you! Whatever the bill may be, your life is worth more. Hoping it's nothing... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"Invasive" - deeper: Skin squamous cell carcinoma (scc) often goes through stages of evolution on its way to becoming "invasive" and eventually metastasizing. It may begin as an area of sun damage or pre-cancer (actinic keratosis) and worsen to become a superficial scc that does not yet invade deeper (scc in situ). Eventually, the scc will start to go deeper and become "invasive", then metastasize if left unchecked. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Very rarely: Squamous cell carcinomas are uncommon in children. When diagnosed in young individuals, there is usually a predisposing factor like immunosuppression (transplant patients), previous exposure to radiation or chemotherapy, or human papilloma virus infection. Squamous cell cancers of the skin usually takes years of ultraviolet light exposure before appearing at an average age of 65. ...Read more
Differentiated: The pathology report will desribe well, moderate or poorly differentiated. Well differentiated is less advanced. It will also describe depth on invasion and whether nerves are involved. An evaluation of lymph nodes is done to confirm squamous cell is localized to skin. In advanced cases it will have spread requiring surgery followed by radiation, and possible chemotherapy. ...Read more
Subtype of cancer: It only means-a subtype of cancer. Nothing much. The treatment, prognosis etc- will depend on where is this cancer located primarily? , what is the stage ( how big it is? Any lymph node or adjacent tissue involvement? Any spreading to distant organ? Etc. If you smoke tobacco and drink alcohol- you need to quit. Please discuss in detail with your oncologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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