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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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