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Doctor insights on: Why Is Skin So Susceptible To Cancer

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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 are skin cancers?

What are skin cancers?

Skin malignancies: Skin cancers are cutaneous malignancies that are closely linked to sun exposure over the course of a lifetime. Major types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma (the most common malignancy in all human beings), squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma (the deadliest skin cancer). If you are worried about something on your skin, visit a dermatologist who can examine your area of concern. ...Read more

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How can cancer start in your skin?

How can cancer start in your skin?

Sun and genetics: Most cancers start from ultraviolet damage damaging your dna.

Melanoma is genetic and/or sun induced.

A few other chemicals may also be carcinigenic such as ionizing radiation and arsenic. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of head cancer?

What are the symptoms of head cancer?

Headache/ nausea: Head cancer I assume you mean brain cancer. Headache, nausea, vomiting, seizures, stroke like sumptoms may be some of the typical presenting signs. Some may have speech, memory, or movement / motor function problems. ...Read more

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What do skin cancers usually look like?

What do skin cancers usually look like?

Non-healing wounds: If you have a growth that is not healing, and tends to bleed on its own, you should definitely bring it to the attention of your dermatologist. For photos of common skin cancers, please see the following website:
http://www. Aad. Org/skin-conditions/skin-cancer-detection. ...Read more

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Help can cancer leave marks on the skin?

Help can cancer leave marks on the skin?

Surgery for skin ca: Yes, the treatment for skin cancer- i.e. surgery can leave marks on the skin. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have cancer on my head?

How do I know if I have cancer on my head?

On or in?: If you are concerned about cancer "on" your head, you will feel a mass or lump. If the concern is about cancer "in" your head, that is a difficult issue. Brain tumors may present with convulsions, paralysis, vision or hearing issues, mental changes etc. ...Read more

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How many different types skin cancers are there?

How many different types skin cancers are there?

Many, but 3 big ones: All cancers are identified by the types of cells that they come from. There are many different types of skin cells, therefore there are many different types of skin cancers. There are three main ones, though. Squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma.  melanoma is the most dangerous, but basal cell more common. ...Read more

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How does cancer produce dimpling of the overlying skin?

Dimpling: Sometimes the mass causes mild swelling around it that is not enough to be seen but it's enough to make the connective tissue/ligaments that support the breast to be pulled inward and causing skin dimpling. ...Read more

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Could a knot on the back lower part of my head be cancer?

Could a knot on the back lower part of my head be cancer?

Need to see it: Common cysts of the scalp are easily felt as freely-movable, smooth-surfaced masses and may be kept or excised as seems best to you, with your physician's approval. An old bump can leave a harmless fibrous scar where the bruise was. A cancer here is uncommon, but a new mass or ulcer that is growing anywhere is worrisome. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives for shaving your head for cancer?

What are some alternatives for shaving your head for cancer?

Cut it short: I usually advise against shaving the head because it causes nicks and cuts which can become infected. Also, patients develop folliculitis because of the irritation. Cut it short to make it easier to accept emotionally and make your bed and sink easier to clean. ...Read more

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How to tan healthily? Without getting cancer and skin damages

How to tan healthily? Without getting cancer and skin damages

Sunscreen: Sunscreen will not stop all if the ultraviolet radiation from reaching into the skin. The uvr that gets through will lead to tanning and sometimes burning. Remember there is no such thing as a safe tan. Tanning greatly increases your chances of developing skin cancer. ...Read more

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I have problem with my skin, but it isn't cancer, what could it be?

Many things: There are numerous skin conditions, and without examing you or getting more of a description it is impossible to even make an educated guess. You need to see a dr. For an evaluation and get a diagnosis, so that your treatment can be tailored appropriately for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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The majority of skin cancers occur on the left side of the face. Why is that?

The majority of skin cancers occur on the left side of the face. Why is that?

Do they?: There no data, that I am aware of, indicating that one side is affected more than the other. Most skin cancers occur in sun exposed areas. ...Read more

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I have lead in my skin and I'm worried it could cause cancer can it or can it not?

I have lead in my skin and I'm worried it could cause cancer can it or can it not?

How do you know?: How did you determine that there is lead in your skin? Lead accumulates in bones not in skin. All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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What does a proper exam for skin cancers look like' how thorough? 2 different exam experience.

What does a proper exam for skin cancers look like' how thorough? 2 different exam experience.

All areas: Skin cancer can develop on any part of the skin, so a complete skin exam should visualize all at-risk areas. I typically have patients change into a robe for such an exam to make sure a complete exam is performed. Often times follow-up exams are more focused and are more directed to a particular region or area. ...Read more

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I have heard that drawing on your skin causes cancer? Is this true? If so how? Does drawing cause another disease?

Not true: In olden days, inks may have had contaminants that could cause irritation -- and irritation over a long time may be associated with cancer development. However, drawing on your skin is not going to cause cancer. Sometimes clinicians will draw on your skin (dermographism), but that is a symptom of urticaria. ...Read more

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Which types of skin cancers are caused by sunlight? Are the non sunlight caused cancers caused by something else or just bad luck?

Which types of skin cancers are caused by sunlight? Are the non sunlight caused cancers caused by something else or just bad luck?

Most skin cancers: Sun exposure is thought to be the main cause of all types of skin cancer. The most common type- basal cell cancer- is usually caused by years of sun exposure. Others, such a melanoma, may be related to occasional sun burns. There are some rare inherited diseases which can lead to skin cancers. So, wear a hat and use sunscreens generously! ...Read more

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Why do I read symptoms of scary diseases/cancers and then can "create" the notion that I have them in my head? It's like I can't control it.

Why do I read symptoms of scary diseases/cancers and then can "create" the notion that I have them in my head? It's like I can't control it.

Stop reading scary..: Stop reading scary stuff, and the world may be just fine. One great thing about the internet is that anyone can publish anything. One really bad thing about the internet is that anyone can publish anything. We can choose to live our lives as optimists, or we can look for all the scary articles and "live" our lives in fear. A doctor usually tells his patient when it is time to start worrying. ...Read more

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Is cancer. In your head a deadly disease

Is cancer. In your head a deadly disease

Maybe: There are several types of brain cancer. Some can be successfully removed and cured, and some are very aggressive and can be deadly. Removal or biopsy will be necessary to determine what further treatment may be necessary and whether it is an aggressive or curable tumor. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cancer of the head?

What are the symptoms of cancer of the head?

You mean Brain?: Spread of cancer to head means involvement of the brain. The common symptoms are headaches, nausea, vomiting, seizures and later on paralysis and often coma. ...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?

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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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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What are the signs of skin cancer? |

What are the signs of skin cancer? |

New or changes: Get to know your skin by self-exam at least once a month. Look for new lesions or changes in pre-existing ones (color, shape, size, itches or hurts or bleeds). Some skin cancers start out by looking like a pimple but a pimple will go away, a skin cancer won't. If a lesion continues to persist or get bigger over a period of a month or 2, you should get it looked at by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What're the first signs of skin cancer?

What're the first signs of skin cancer?

Enlarging skin bumps: They can take a variety of different appearances depending on what type of cancer. Melanoma is the most aggressive, see the pic I attached. Squamous cells are scaly and can ulcerate if large. Basal cells are "pearly" and also can ulcerate and bleed. If you have concern for an enlarging spot on your skin, have it looked at by your md or dermatologist for evaluation and possible biopsy (in office. ...Read more

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What are the causes of skin cancer nowadays?

What are the causes of skin cancer nowadays?

Causes: Skin cancer is caused by errors or mutations in the dna of skin cells. This then causes the cells to grow out of control leading to cancer. This can be from exposure to uv light from the sun or tanning beds or from exposure to toxic substances. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving skin cancer?

What are the chances of surviving skin cancer?

Basal cell cancer: Basal cell cancer the most common kind of skin cancer is curable with surgery. It spreads very rarely. Squamous cell cancer is also cured with surgery however it has a tendency to spread especially when it has been neglected and grown large. Melanoma can metastasize as it grows deeper into the skin. Early treatment is usually curable. Radiation treatment of skin cancer can also be used. ...Read more

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What are the causes of skin cancer in adolescents?

UV exposure: Over exposure to uv rays from the sun or tanning beds are the most common cause. Genetics and family history also play a strong role. Number of moles especially large or atypical moles, skin and hair color, number of sunburns are risk factors. ...Read more

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What are the causes of skin cancer and what are the effects?

What are the causes of skin cancer and what are the effects?

Skin Cancer: Most skin cancers are generally felt to be caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. There are other causes. Basal cell skin cancer can usually be treated by local excision. Squamous cell skin cancer and melanoma are more aggressive and can metastasize. They require more extensive surgery. Any suspicious skin lesion should be biopsied. ...Read more

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Is skin cancer preventable?

Is skin cancer preventable?

Probably: It is thought that most skin cancers are caused by excessive and prolonged sun exposure. Some skin cancers may be caused by a single bad sunburn. So most skin cancer specialists believe most skin cancers can be prevented by wearing protective clothing during peak sunlight hours and with generous use of sun screens. ...Read more

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What makes skin cancer deadly?

What makes skin cancer deadly?

Depends on the kind: Melanoma is the kind of skin cancer that usually leads to death. It can spread to vital organs in a fairly aggressive fashion, thus the importance of preventing it by avoiding UV light exposure or at least early detection with regular skin screenings. Other types of skin cancers can kill if neglected but that is uncommon. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting cancer from skin bleaching creams?

What are the chances of getting cancer from skin bleaching creams?

Bleaching Creams: "i feel that hydroquinones are safe and effective treatment for pigmentary disorders, " taylor says. "i feel comfortable recommending that my patients continue to use hydroquinones if they have a pigmentary disorder."
"i think the evidence is quite weak with the link between hydroquinones and cancer, " taylor tells webmd. "data on rats and mice cannot necessarily be extrapolated to human data. ...Read more

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Symptoms of nodular skin cancers?

Skin cancer: Nodular cancers can be pigmented or non pigmented. If pigmented- will need urgent attention as your doctor will need to rule out melanoma as they can be aggressive. Non pigmented still need to be seen as melanomas can be non pigmented in about 25% cases. Basal cell cancer and sq cell CA usually will resent with non healing lesions and then can ulcerate. See your doctor as they may be symptomless. ...Read more

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Motor oil can cause cancer or irritate skin?

No, Yes: Nobody's been able to measure an increased cancer risk consistently from motor oil; I think the studies of increased pancreatic cancer in mechanics are statistical flukes. The stuff does irritate your skin some if it's dirty. ...Read more

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Skin lesion appeared overnight is it cancer?

Skin lesion appeared overnight is it cancer?

Unlikely: Cancer takes many years to form; so it is unlikely for a lesion that appears overnight to be cancerous. ...Read more

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What is the best skin care for cancer patients?

What is the best skin care for cancer patients?

Basal cell carcinoma: While no cancers are good, this is much less malignant than squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma. ...Read more