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Doctor insights on: Why The Skin Is So Susceptible To Getting 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 the factors that make it more likely to get colorectal cancer?

What are the factors that make it more likely to get colorectal cancer?

Numerous: Diet high in red meat, processed and smoked foods, alcohol, smoking, family history colon cancer or polyps, personal history of polyps, colon cancer or inflammatory bowel disease and age over 50. ...Read more

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Why is it so difficult to eradicate HIV/AIDS in developing countries?

Why is it so difficult to eradicate HIV/AIDS in developing countries?

Human rights: Please think about what you're asking. HIV isn't curable. To "eradicate" would require exterminating everyone who is infected. I hope this is not what you mean -- some people have called for this, and I hope u totally reject the idea. People are going to have sex and some people are going to use needle drugs and slipshod medical procedure may still exist. You can't stop this but there's progress. ...Read more

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Is it true that bones close to the skin are more vulnerable to infections?

Is it true that bones close to the skin are more vulnerable to infections?

I don't think so: I don't think so. Superficial bone are more prone to be exposed if having an open skin injury, therefore potential to infection. Otherwise. The risk for infection on all bones are the same. ...Read more

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Are tanning beds carcinogenic? I Always try to tell this to the girls i know it can cause skin cancer

Absolutely: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/indoor_tanning.htm?mobile=nocontent WHO and the CDC have both issued warnings against tanning booths because of the increased risk of cancer, causing skin cancers including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, much higher in booths than the sun also can cause cataracts and cancers of the eye ...Read more

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Is skin with many moles has more tendency to get skin cancer when exposed to sun? At what age (how soon)? How can I tan without being harmed?

Is skin with many moles has more tendency to get skin cancer when exposed to sun? At what age (how soon)? How can I tan without being harmed?

Skin: Yes skin with many moles is statistically more likely to develop skin cancer (melanoma). Tanning increases the risk. There is no such thing as a safe tan. One should reduce sun exposure and use sun protection . See a dermatologist once yearly to have a skin exam. ...Read more

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If you get sunburnt, is there anything you can do to help heal the skin and prevent the damage becoming skin cancer? Like repair the DNA?

If you get sunburnt, is there anything you can do to help heal the skin and prevent the damage becoming skin cancer? Like repair the DNA?

Skin burn: Firstly - skin cancer is rarer with just one time skin burn. repeated exposure increases the risk. Secondly there are many creams and lotions that are sold as skin repair/DNa repair - we do not have such a thing as yet. They just help protect and repair with core molecules like collagen, vitamins etc.. THe actual repair comes from the deeper layer cells in the skin. ...Read more

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How common is it to be afraid of getting cancer?

How common is it to be afraid of getting cancer?

Universal: And rightly so. If this become a crippling fear, talk with your physician. Especially, learn about cancer, that you can reduce but not eliminate your risk, that 4 of 6 are now cured (up from 2 of 6 when I was a kid), and generally get familiar. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get melanoma skin cancer in your armpit where the sun never shines?

Is it possible to get melanoma skin cancer in your armpit where the sun never shines?

Unfortunately yes: Melanomas are most commonly caused by sun exposure, but they rarely do appear in strange places...I have seen/known patients who have had melanomas come up under their fingernails, in the mouth or sinuses, etc. If you notice any moles on your body which are changing, have them looked at. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get prostate cancer because of the radiation?

Is it possible to get prostate cancer because of the radiation?

Pros Ca: Does no seem to be associated with radiation exposure. All cells can be damaged genetically by radiation, and mis-repair of the damage, or inability to repair can lead to tumorogenic mutations. These events are quite rare. Long terem survivors do have higher thaexpected incidences of new tumors, perhaps due to treatment, including xrt. ...Read more

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Is melanoma cancer in the lung one that is hard to get rid of?

Yes it is: Melanoma starts in the skin or mucosa. If it spreads to the lung it is very serious. Some times surgery can be done to remove the melanoma from the lung. Some melanomas are susceptible to a new chemotherapy. It is best to treat melanoma while it is confined to the skin. Early treatment is curable. ...Read more

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Is it possible for Accutane to really make your skin worse in the beginning of using it?

Is it possible for Accutane to really make your skin worse in the beginning of using it?

Yes: This is conmon. Stay the course. Usually the prescriber will explain this to you at the onset. Good luck. Most people who complete the course are very pleased. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a sun allergy on your back mainly due to that area not getting much sun?

Is it possible to have a sun allergy on your back mainly due to that area not getting much sun?

No: Reactions to the sun are not allergic. Some people get small hives when they get hot but that is unrelated to the sun, it is just a heat effect. ...Read more

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What is the gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer?

What is the gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer?

Among many: BRCA1/2: There are a number of genes associated with increased risk of developing breast cancer. BRCA1 & 2 are the most known and studied but other genes are: TP53, PTEN, PALB2, CHEK2 ... (see list at http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/breast-cancer/about/risks/breast-cancer-genes) NCI has good info on BRCA1/2 at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/BRCA as a starting point ...Read more

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What are the chances of fighting HIV infection and becoming healthy before it gets more serious and turns to aids.

What are the chances of fighting HIV infection and becoming healthy before it gets more serious and turns to aids.

The miracle with HIV: I would dare say it is 100% likely that you can be get a full immunity and normal health back with access to good health care and choosing a trusted HIV expert to be your partner in this. With good testing and treatment today no one should progress to aids...At least without some good reason. If you have not found a good provider yet you can find one here: http://www.Aahivm.Org. ...Read more

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Is it true that albino people are more likely to get skin cancer?

Yes: Pigments in skin cells (which gives our skin its color) protect the skin from damage from uv radiation from the sun. People with albinoism lack pigments in their skin and therefore do not have adequate protection against the damage to their skin by uv radiation. ...Read more

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Is it possible if exposed to genital warts that u r bound to get them too? And if I end up getting them..what is the least painful treatment? Thanks.

Is it possible if exposed to genital warts that u r bound to get them too? And if I end up getting them..what is the least painful treatment? Thanks.

No: Most of the wart viruses that one meets never produce actual warts. Do keep an eye on your body, but everybody meets a few strains of HPV and if you do end up with some warts, we can manage them. None of the treatments is especially rough, and your physician can help you choose. I'd opt for a laser. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still lie in the sun if I have a sign of skin cancer?

At your own risk: It is not wise to stay in the sun without wearing sunblock. If you already have signs of skin cancer or skin damage from the sun, it is even more important for you t stay out of the sun and to protect your skin with proper clothing, a hat, sunblock. ...Read more

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