Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. This tumor is not life threatening, except in the rarest of circumstances when tumors go untreated for decades. For most, basal cell carcinoma grows slowly over years, and appears as a pimple-like growth that bleeds, heals, and re-bleeds. If untreated, basal cell carcinoma my…

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CONSUMING ALCOHOL INCREASES RISK OF SKIN CANCER: MAYBE

A recent study has shown a positive association of increased alcohol consumption with the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer. The study was small, so larger studies are needed to confirm these preliminary results. Here is yet another possible reason to limit or eliminate alcohol consumption. Red wine has some other health benefits that, according to…

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ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION TREATMENTS LEAD TO INCREASED RISK OF MELANOMA AND BASAL CELL CARCINOMA.

The use of PDE5 inhibitors such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra) are common for those with erectile dysfunction. More and more research has shown an increased risk of some types of skin cancer for those taking these medications. Interestingly, there have been no studies showing an increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma. For this reason, those with a history…

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