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dan Posted - 02/09/2009 : 01:27:53
What really causes (your) skin cancer? I know I would say it is a combination of factors. But if you had to pick one factor, what would it be? Why is the incidence of skin cancer increasing?
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tdhds Posted - 02/04/2019 : 05:13:49
Be on the lookout and tell your doctor about spots that have any of the following features:

A is for Asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.
B is for Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred.
C is for Color: The color is not the same all over and may include different shades of brown or black, or sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue.
D is for Diameter: The spot is larger than 6 millimeters across (about ľ inch Ė the size of a pencil eraser), although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this.
E is for Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.
Some melanomas donít fit these rules. Itís important to tell your doctor about any changes or new spots on the skin, or growths that look different from the rest of your moles.

Other warning signs are:

A sore that doesnít heal
Spread of pigment from the border of a spot into surrounding skin
Redness or a new swelling beyond the border of the mole
Change in sensation, such as itchiness, tenderness, or pain
Change in the surface of a mole Ė scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or the appearance of a lump or bump.
bspratt Posted - 10/18/2018 : 11:52:54
IMO "top 3 reasons" for skin cancer are genetics (part of which plays into pigmentation) over exposure to sun (UV); diet - which weakens the immune system preventing our own bodies to overcome. Thanks - Bill
blue Posted - 03/14/2017 : 11:47:04
Rosebud Posted - 05/28/2011 : 00:41:45
We need to be able to click on multiple choices here - I personally think there is no one answer.

Would you also include "Personal Care Products" (PCP's)as they strip away the skins natural defense mechanisms - alter the skin ph, alter the skin's flora and wash out the skins potential to process the healing qualities of the sun's Vit D.
Many "moisturisers" are harmful either due to the activity of propylene glycol working as a humectant - it's such an ageing ingredient.
Organic Coconut Butter is wonderful and available most places.

Many of the harmful chemicals are also trans-dermal, accumulating in our organs till we can get enough quality anti-oxifdants on board to bind and off load.

Many if not most PCP's are damaging, drying and ageing to the skin and remove the protective mantle that nature provides.
lbs720 Posted - 03/01/2011 : 17:55:33
I could only choose one answer on the poll, so I had to put excessive sun exposure. I 100% do NOT believe, though, that that alone is what caused my skin cancer. I believe my constant sunburns left my skin vulnerable to infection so the virus causing my squamous cell cancer was able to take hold. I also had undiagnosed celiac disease all my life that caused serious nonstop stress to my system and damaged my nervous system. (The virus spreads along the nerve pathways, which is obvious on my face.) I think that without both of those stressors, I might not have this cancer. (As for treatment, what is keeping me alive and has given me back a presentable face is MMS. Without that, I would have been dead two years ago. Even with it, it is a constant battle.)
SandyK Posted - 03/01/2011 : 12:57:01
So sorry.....I overlooked the post before the last about acne radiation.
SandyK Posted - 03/01/2011 : 12:45:05
Just found your forum.
Another thing you can add is radiation therapy for acne. Used in the 1960's. That and also daily tetracycline!
skinsenseclinic Posted - 06/20/2010 : 22:19:46

Good post You have Posted...
I also vote this poll..
Geezerdood Posted - 03/02/2010 : 20:56:50
Howdy! I'm nearly 60, and just started on Efudex. As a teenager, I received low-dose X-ray treatments on my face, neck, upper chest and back for severe acne. The Basal cell lesions started up in mid-90's. Became an X-ray Tech in early 70's, but didn't put 2 and 2 together until about 12 yrs ago. How 'bout a hearty Hi Ho Silver for modern medical science! The Efudex is mainly for something related to Actinic Keratoses and sparse sBCC lesions. This is really some rough stuff.
markfenneley Posted - 11/05/2009 : 04:40:36

Its kind of difficult to choose any one particular cause for skin cancer.
It may vary from individual to individual.
I am happy that such a poll was initiated.
Ironman Posted - 10/28/2009 : 20:22:45
BlondeAmbition; You say you have treated yourselfe for skin cancer. What treatment did you use?
mphilip876 Posted - 10/13/2009 : 03:38:47
Good post..
I came to know about many facts which i didn't know...
BlondeAmbition3 Posted - 09/21/2009 : 07:19:43
Interesting chappaqua(Janet)that you mentioned prednisone as a possible factor in the skin cancer cause equation as I was on Prednisone for the treatment of Asthma for over two years when I was 25. Now I'm 55 and have treated myself for multiple SKIN Cancers!
I've suspected for YEARS that ALL Corticosteroids (such as Prednisone)due to the fact that they suppress the immune system set us up for Cancers later in Life. Early anti-biotic usage early on in Life doesn't help either.. Childhood vaccinations... so much more I could add to this line-up.... Eve
chappaqua Posted - 07/24/2009 : 06:33:20
I understand the software limitation. I believe, in my case, it is a combination of 2 and possibly 3 factors, excess sun exposure, a damaged immune system (multiple sclerosis) and the medicines used for MS (copaxone possibly and prednisone)...Janet
dan Posted - 05/13/2009 : 23:56:58
There is a software limit of one of fifteen answers so this is really just for fun. But I like your 3 new possible causes of skin cancer and it would be great to get a few more listed here.
Rose Petal Posted - 05/03/2009 : 14:01:23

I cannot choose just ONE cause of skin cancer since I also believe it is a combination of things.

Why don't you include ozone layer depletion, trauma, and smoking to your cancer causes?

trish Posted - 04/14/2009 : 22:34:50
We need an "all of the above" choice!

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