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With head skin cancer at age 89, should it be ignored? Will somebody die before the skin cancer grows?

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Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Type of cancer?

3 common types: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma.
No one would recommend ignoring melanoma. Squamous cell can spread to lymph nodes and beyond so should not be ignored unless the 89 year old is very ill and unable to be treated. Ignoring a basal cell in an 89 year old is not out of the question but if it becomes larger, painful and bleeding in 2 years, would we wish we had removed it at 89?

In brief: Type of cancer?

3 common types: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma.
No one would recommend ignoring melanoma. Squamous cell can spread to lymph nodes and beyond so should not be ignored unless the 89 year old is very ill and unable to be treated. Ignoring a basal cell in an 89 year old is not out of the question but if it becomes larger, painful and bleeding in 2 years, would we wish we had removed it at 89?
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: What kind?

There are several types of skin cancer.
Generally, the less agressive types are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Melanoma tends to be more aggressive. The size & type of the skin cancer, as well as your overall health play factors in whether your skin cancer should be removed at the age of 89.

In brief: What kind?

There are several types of skin cancer.
Generally, the less agressive types are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Melanoma tends to be more aggressive. The size & type of the skin cancer, as well as your overall health play factors in whether your skin cancer should be removed at the age of 89.
Dr. Carlo Contreras
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