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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 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 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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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