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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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Why do people in Australia get so many skin cancers and tumors?

Why do people in Australia get so many skin cancers and tumors?

Sun exsposure: Because of excessive exposure to sun the country's 22 million people are 13 times more likely to develop skin cancer than the global average. It has the globe's highest rate of deadly melanoma and one of the highest overall rates of cancer. Australia's proximity to Antarctica, where there is a hole in the ozone layer that filters out UV rays may also increase the risk. There are also higher rates of detection and tracking that can explain the number of cases of cancer diagnosed each year. ...Read more

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Are there affordable skin care products that won't cause me to get cancer?

Are there affordable skin care products that won't cause me to get cancer?

Acne products: Today there is no evidence that otc acne products cause cancer. Prescription medications can also be used safely--without any current knowledge of cancer risk. Medical science is constantly evolving and we know more today than yesterday. Decisions for treatment are based on today's best evidence--that's all we have. Talk to your doctor... ...Read more

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How do you get skin cancer?

How do you get skin cancer?

Sun damage: The most important risk factor is sun exposure, and the damage that comes from that . Other things can contribute including your genetics and family history. Wearing appropriate clothing and use of sunblock is the most important thing you can do to help skin cancer. ...Read more

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How can a person get skin cancer?

How can a person get skin cancer?

Sun damage and Genes: 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 types of people get skin cancer?

All skin types: Anyone can get a skin cancer but there's higher risk for fairer skin complexion and increased sun exposure. Genetics plays an important role so if skin cancer runs in the family that puts you at higher risk. As more people live longer and spend more time in the sun, there will be increasing incidence of skin cancer. The U.S. Is currently having higher rates of skin cancer and will continue to incr. ...Read more

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Do teenagers commonly get skin cancer?

Possible but rare: While it is possible, it is extremely rare. However any growing, changing, asymmetrical, bleeding, ulcerated or otherwise suspicious lesion should be evaluated at any age. ...Read more

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I just found out that I may have skin cancer. What happens if I don't get it treated?

Depend on the cell: Depends on what type of skin cancer, basal cell cancer takes years years to erode through , melanoma spreads rapidly if untreated, basal cell spreads slowly ( less rapid )treatment is simple prognosis is excellent in localized stage see your doctor with out delay. ...Read more

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Can a dark skinned person get skin cancer?

Can a dark skinned person get skin cancer?

Big yes: Darker skinned people may have less risk of getting skin cancer (melanoma, for example) but it can happen and it would be a potentially deadly mistake not to have a suspicious lesion seen by a dermatologist whether you are white, black, blue, or green. ...Read more