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skin cancer? - October 3rd 2010, 06:30 AM

how serious is skin cancer? is it life threatening? i recently found out someone close to me has it, so what exactly should i expect?
   
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Re: skin cancer? - October 3rd 2010, 02:01 PM

it very much depends on the type and staging. most skin cancer cases are just treated with a simple surgery but some require radiotherapy, chemotherapy (through cream or in fewer cases IV) and occasionally immunotherapy. non-melanoma skin cancers are treated differently to melanoma skin cancers.

so yeah it's very difficult to answer your questions without knowing the diagnosis and staging. it could just be a case of removing the cancer through surgery or it could mean more invasive treatment.

here some info on melanoma skin cancer - http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/type/melanoma/index.htm
and non-melanoma skin cancers - http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/type/sk...tm?script=true


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Re: skin cancer? - October 3rd 2010, 06:10 PM

yes, it depends on what type and how soon they catch it.
   
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Re: skin cancer? - October 3rd 2010, 06:29 PM

Like the others have said so far, it depends on when they catch it and the type. My grandpa just had about a pea-sized melanoma removed from his lower eye lid. He's stubborn and didn't go to the doc for a while, but luckily all he needed was surgery.
   
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Re: skin cancer? - October 4th 2010, 08:51 AM

My Great Aunt has had skin cancer on her legs for years. Its getting worse, but not making anything life-threatening of her life.
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