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How does skin cancer grow?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Local growth mostly

Mostly skin cancers (like all cancers) grow locally, spreading both side to side as well as down.
For melanomas in particular, deep growth is more dangerous. Cancers also can jump (or metastasize) via lymphatic vessels or blood vessels. This can lead to spread to local lymph nodes or distant sites like the lungs, liver, brain, etc.

In brief: Local growth mostly

Mostly skin cancers (like all cancers) grow locally, spreading both side to side as well as down.
For melanomas in particular, deep growth is more dangerous. Cancers also can jump (or metastasize) via lymphatic vessels or blood vessels. This can lead to spread to local lymph nodes or distant sites like the lungs, liver, brain, etc.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology

In brief: Varies

Skin cancer grows both sideways and.
In depth. There are different kinds of skin cancers which have different patterns of growth. Basal cell carcinoma erodes the skin but rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Squamous cell carcinoma spreads locally but can also spread through lymph or blood vessels or even along nerve fibers. Melanoma, can spread locally and by blood, nerve amd lymph.

In brief: Varies

Skin cancer grows both sideways and.
In depth. There are different kinds of skin cancers which have different patterns of growth. Basal cell carcinoma erodes the skin but rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Squamous cell carcinoma spreads locally but can also spread through lymph or blood vessels or even along nerve fibers. Melanoma, can spread locally and by blood, nerve amd lymph.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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