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New Rapid Ebola Test Shows Promise in African Clinics
New Rapid Ebola Test Shows Promise in African Clinics FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new rapid-detection test that diagnoses Ebola within minutes could improve treatment of the deadly virus and help health care workers contain outbreaks, researchers say. Harvard Medical School researchers found the rapid diagnostic test as sensitive as traditional lab tests that can take days to produce results. The findings suggest this diagnostic tool could be a potential game-changer in the fight against...
Newborn Metabolic Screening
Newborn Metabolic Screening Most babies look healthy and perfect when they are born – just ask their parents. But because some potential problems aren't readily seen, all newborns are tested for certain conditions, including metabolic disorders. A metabolic disorder is one that gets in the way of how the body breaks down food or absorbs nutrients. Left untreated, some of these disorders could affect a baby's development. They can cause organ damage or even death. By screening for these disorders at birt...
Neurological Complications of HIV
Neurological Complications of HIV HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV weakens and slowly destroys the body’s immune system, leaving you vulnerable to life-threatening complications from an infection or the flu. As HIV and AIDS battle your immune system, your central nervous system is also affected. HIV and AIDS both cause a number of neurological complications, particularly if HIV goes or progresses to AIDS. Today, antiretroviral medications—when taken correctly and promptly—help to slow down the pro...
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Fatty liver disease means that you have fat deposits inside your liver. These deposits may keep your liver from doing a good job of removing toxins from your blood. People who drink too much alcohol may also have fat in their liver. But that’s not the same as fatty liver disease. Types of fatty liver disease Health care providers divide fatty liver disease into 2 types. If you just have fat but no damage to your liver, the disease is called nonalcoholic fatty liver disea...
Nitroglycerin Topical ointment
Nitroglycerin Topical ointment What is this medicine? NITROGLYCERIN (nye troe GLI ser in) is a type of vasodilator. It relaxes blood vessels, increasing the blood and oxygen supply to your heart. This medicine is used to prevent chest pain caused by angina. It should not be used for immediate relief during an angina attack. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use exactly as directed. Use one of the...
Nitroglycerin Transdermal patch - 24 hour
Nitroglycerin Transdermal patch - 24 hour What is this medicine? NITROGLYCERIN (nye troe GLI ser in) is a type of vasodilator. It relaxes blood vessels, increasing the blood and oxygen supply to your heart. This medicine is used to prevent chest pain caused by angina. It will not help to stop an episode of chest pain. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the prescription label. One patch contains a full day's supply of medicine. It is usually w...
Nitroglycerin Sublingual/Translingual spray
Nitroglycerin Sublingual/Translingual spray What is this medicine? NITROGLYCERIN (nye troe GLI ser in) is a type of vasodilator. It relaxes blood vessels, increasing the blood and oxygen supply to your heart. This medicine is used to prevent or relieve chest pain caused by angina. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is only for use in the mouth. Use at the first sign of an attack. You can also use this medicine 5 to 10 minutes before an event likely to produce chest pain. Follow the directions...
Nitroglycerin Sublingual tablet
Nitroglycerin Sublingual tablet What is this medicine? NITROGLYCERIN (nye troe GLI ser in) is a type of vasodilator. It relaxes blood vessels, increasing the blood and oxygen supply to your heart. This medicine is used to relieve chest pain caused by angina. It is also used to prevent chest pain before activities like climbing stairs, going outdoors in cold weather, or sexual activity. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth as needed. At the first sign of an angina attack (chest pai...
Nicotine Polacrilex Oral lozenge
Nicotine Polacrilex Oral lozenge What is this medicine? NICOTINE (NIK oh teen) helps people stop smoking. The lozenges replace the nicotine found in cigarettes and help to decrease withdrawal effects. It is most effective when used in combination with a stop-smoking program. How should I use this medicine? Place the lozenge in the mouth. Suck on the lozenge until it is completely dissolved. Do not swallow the lozenge. Follow the directions carefully that come with the lozenge. Use exactly as directed. D...
Nicotine Polacrilex Chewing-gum, medicated
Nicotine Polacrilex Chewing-gum, medicated What is this medicine? NICOTINE (NIK oh teen) helps people stop smoking. This medicine replaces the nicotine found in cigarettes and helps to decrease withdrawal effects. It is most effective when used in combination with a stop-smoking program. How should I use this medicine? Chew but do not swallow the gum. Follow the directions that come with the chewing gum. Use exactly as directed. When you feel an urgent desire for a cigarette, chew one piece of gum slowl...
Nimodipine Oral capsule, liquid filled
Nimodipine Oral capsule, liquid filled What is this medicine? NIMODIPINE (nye MOE di peen) is a calcium-channel blocker. This medicine is used to treat subarachnoid hemorrhage. This is a condition in which there is bleeding into the space around the brain that causes severe headaches and stiff neck. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. It is best to take this medicine at least one hour before or two hours afte...
Newborn Multiples Care of multiple birth babies Often, multiples are born small and early. They may be initially cared for in a special care nursery called the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). In the NICU The NICU combines advanced technology and trained health care professionals to provide specialized care for the tiniest patients. NICUs may also have intermediate or continuing care areas for babies who are not as sick but do need specialized nursing care. Some hospitals do not have the personnel o...
Nutrition and Renal Failure
Nutrition and Renal Failure The kidneys are responsible for many functions in the body. They help control the body's fluid and electrolyte (mineral) balance and also help the body remove waste products (products that the body cannot use). When the kidneys are not functioning properly, these waste products can build up in the body and make your child feel sick. This can cause your child to have a poor appetite, which can contribute to poor growth and development. The goal of the diet for children with re...
Neurogenic Bladder in Children
Neurogenic Bladder in Children What is a neurogenic bladder? Neurogenic bladder may also be called neuropathic bladder. Normally, the muscles and nerves of the urinary system work together to hold urine in the bladder and then release it at the appropriate time. Nerves carry messages from the bladder to the brain and from the brain to the muscles of the bladder telling them either to tighten or release. In a neurogenic bladder, the nerves that are supposed to carry these messages do not work properly, e...
Nutrition and Nephrotic Syndrome
Nutrition and Nephrotic Syndrome Nutritional requirements for a child with nephrotic syndrome Children with nephrotic syndrome may have trouble regulating their body's water balance. This can cause fluid retention (also known as edema). The diet for a child with nephrotic syndrome may include a sodium and fluid restriction. These restrictions in the diet may help to regulate your child's fluid balance. Any food that is liquid at room temperature counts as a fluid. This includes the following: Milk, wate...
Nephrotic Syndrome in Children
Nephrotic Syndrome in Children What is nephrotic syndrome? A child with nephrotic syndrome may have the following characteristics that result from changes that occur to the small, functional structures in the kidneys: Very high levels of protein in the urine Low levels of protein in the blood due to its loss in the urine Tissue swelling all over the body (edema), especially in the abdomen (ascites) High cholesterol levels in the blood Decrease in frequency of urination Weight gain from excess fluid What...
Neuroblastoma What is neuroblastoma? Neuroblastoma is a cancerous tumor that begins in nerve tissue of infants and very young children. The abnormal cells are often found in the nerve tissue that is present in the unborn baby and later develops into a detectable tumor. Neuroblastoma is rare in children older than 10 years of age, however, it does occur occasionally in adults. The tumor usually begins in the tissues of the adrenal gland found in the abdomen, but may also begin in nerve tissue in the neck...
Newborn Immunizations Childhood diseases in the United States are near an all-time low. Government experts say this is because of vaccinations. But some viruses and bacteria are still around and can cause serious illness. This is why all children, especially infants and young children, get the recommended shots on schedule. Many diseases that are controlled by vaccinations in the US are not controlled in other countries. Travelers sometimes bring those diseases to the U.S. This causes children here to b...
Newborn Appearance What does a newborn look like? Parents often dream of what their new baby may look like, thinking about a pink, round, chubby-cheeked and gurgling wonder. It may be surprising for many parents to see their newborn the first time—wet and red, with a long head, and screaming—nothing at all like they had imagined. Newborns have many variations in normal appearance—from color to the shape of the head. Some of these differences are just temporary, part of the physical adjustments a baby go...
Newborn Warning Signs
Newborn Warning Signs What warning signs may indicate a problem with a newborn? Your newborn baby is going through many changes in getting used to life in the outside world. Almost always this adjustment goes well, however there are certain warning signs you should watch for. Some general warning signs with newborns include: Not urinating (It may be hard to tell, especially with disposable diapers) No bowel movement for 48 hours A rectal temperature over 100.4° F (38° C) or less than 97.5° F (36.5° C) B...
Newborn Health Assessment
Newborn Health Assessment Assessing the health of a newborn is very important for detecting any problems in their earliest, most treatable, stages. Listed in the directory below you will find information regarding several newborn health assessments, for which we have provided a brief overview. Measurements Physical Examination Gestational Assessment Newborn Warning Signs
Newborn Measurements Assessing a newborn's weight A baby's birthweight is an important indicator of health. The average weight for full-term babies (born between 37 and 41 weeks gestation) is about 7 lbs (3.2 kg). In general, small babies and very large babies are more likely to have problems. Newborn babies may lose as much as 10% of their birthweight. This means that a baby weighing 7 pounds 3 ounces at birth might lose as much as 10 ounces in the first few days. Your newborn will be weighed in the ho...
Newborn Crying What are the crying patterns of a newborn? The first cries of a newborn baby are often music to the ears of parents. However, over the next weeks and months, this "music" can become grating and painful. This is especially true when all attempts fail to stop the crying. Surprisingly, crying does not produce tears until after the first month or two. Crying is the way babies communicate. Babies cry because of hunger, discomfort, frustration, fatigue, and even loneliness. Sometimes, cries can...
Newborn-Sleep Patterns What are the sleep patterns of a newborn? The average newborn sleeps much of the day and night, waking only for feedings every few hours. It is often hard for new parents to know how long and how often a newborn should sleep. Unfortunately, there is no set schedule at first and many newborns have their days and nights confused. They think they are supposed to be awake at night and sleep during the day. Generally, newborns sleep about 8 to 9 hours in the daytime and about 8 hours a...
Newborn Senses The senses of a newborn Babies are born with all of the senses — sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. Some of the senses are not fully developed. The newborn's senses are as follows: Sight Over the first few months, babies may have uncoordinated eye movements and may even appear cross-eyed. Babies are born with the ability to focus only at close range — about 8 to 10 inches or the distance between a mother's face to the baby in her arms. Babies are able to follow or track an object in...
Newborn Reflexes The Moro reflex causes the baby to cry, throw back his or her head, and then pull his or her limbs into the body. The tonic reflex is often called the "fencing" reflex because of the position of the hands. What reflexes should be present in a newborn? Reflexes are involuntary movements or actions. Some movements are spontaneous, occurring as part of the baby's usual activity. Others are responses to certain actions. Health care providers check reflexes to determine if the brain and nerv...
Normal Newborn Behaviors and Activities
Normal Newborn Behaviors and Activities It is exciting for new parents to watch their newborn's behaviors and activities. However, in some cases, the absence or presence of a behavior or activity may indicate a problem. Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding a normal newborn's behaviors and activities, for which we have provided a brief overview. Newborn - Reflexes Newborn - Sleep Patterns Newborn - Senses Newborn - Crying
Neurocutaneous Syndromes in Children
Neurocutaneous Syndromes in Children What are neurocutaneous syndromes? Click Image to Enlarge Neurocutaneous syndrome is a broad term for a group of neurological (brain, spine, and peripheral nerve) disorders that have cutaneous (skin) manifestations. These diseases are lifelong conditions that can cause tumors to grow inside the brain, spinal cord, organs, skin, and skeletal bones. The most common disorders found in children are skin lesions. The three most common types of neurocutaneous syndromes inc...
Neurological Examination for Children
Neurological Examination for Children What is a neurological examination? A neurological examination, also called a neuro exam, is an evaluation of your child's nervous system that can be performed in the doctor's office. It may be performed with instruments, such as lights and reflex hammers, and usually does not cause any pain to the child. The nervous system consists of the brain, the spinal cord, and the nerves from these areas, as well as the muscles (the neuromuscular system). There are many aspec...
Nonstress Testing What is a nonstress test? A nonstress test measures the fetal heart rate in response to the fetus's movements. Generally, the heart rate of a healthy fetus increases when the fetus moves. The nonstress test is usually done in the last trimester of pregnancy. How is a nonstress test done? The actual procedure for a nonstress test may vary, but, generally, the procedure is as follows: The test is often done in a special prenatal testing area of the hospital, or in your doctor's office. T...
Neurological Conditions and Pregnancy
Neurological Conditions and Pregnancy Many neurological conditions affect a pregnancy and require clinical care by a doctor or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. About the Nervous System Migraine Headache Epilepsy Multiple Sclerosis
Nutrition and Fluids
Nutrition and Fluids Nutrition for babies in the NICU Feeding babies in the NICU is quite different from feeding healthy babies. When babies are sick or premature, they are often not well enough to breastfeed or take a bottle. Premature babies may not be able to suck effectively, or their gastrointestinal tracts may not be mature enough to digest feedings. Babies who are medically unstable are often unable to take regular feedings. Babies with umbilical catheters and those who need help breathing, such ...
Necrotizing Enterocolitis What is necrotizing enterocolitis? Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a serious illness that happens to newborn babies. It happens when tissue in the colon (the large intestine) gets inflamed. The inflammation damages and sometimes kills the tissue in the colon. Any newborn can get NEC, but it is most common in premature babies. It is also found in a small number of babies in newborn intensive care units. NEC is more common in babies weighing less than 3 pounds, 4 ounces (1,500...
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome What is neonatal abstinence syndrome? Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a term for a group of problems a baby experiences when withdrawing from exposure to narcotics. What causes neonatal abstinence syndrome? Almost every drug passes from the mother's blood stream through the placenta to the fetus. Illicit substances that cause drug dependence and addiction in the mother also cause the fetus to become addicted. At birth, the baby's dependence on the substance continues. ...
Nutrition Index Providing adequate and proper nutrition for your growing child is fundamental for normal growth and development. Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding age-specific nutritional tips, for which we have provided a brief overview. Infant Nutrition Feeding Guide for the First Year Nutrition: Breastfeeding Nutrition: Bottle-feeding Failure to Thrive Toddler Nutrition Preschooler Nutrition School-Aged Child Nutrition Adolescent Nutrition
Nose and Throat Disorders
Nose and Throat Disorders Many nose and throat disorders require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions, for which we have provided a brief overview. Anatomy and Physiology of the Nose and Throat Common Childhood Nose and Throat Illnesses
Nosebleeds Nosebleeds can be a scary occurrence, but are usually not dangerous. The medical term for nosebleed is epistaxis. They are fairly common in children, especially in dry climates or during the winter months when dry heat inside homes and buildings can cause drying, cracking, or crusting inside the nose. Many times, children outgrow the tendency for nosebleeds during their teenage years. The front part of the nose contains many fragile blood vessels that can be damaged easily. Most nosebleeds in...
Neck Masses Many neck disorders require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Overview of Neck Masses Congenital Muscular Torticollis Branchial Cleft Abnormalities Thyroglossal Duct Cyst Dermoid Cyst Lymphatic Masses The Lymphatic System Lymphadenopathy Lymphatic Malformations Hodgkin Lymphoma Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Pilomatrixoma
Newborn Screening Tests
Newborn Screening Tests What are newborn screening tests? Nearly all newborns have screening tests to check for several different disorders. They are called screening tests because all newborns get them. And if the test results are abnormal, further tests are done. The U.S. has a national program with a core set of newborn screening tests. Each state requires screening tests, but the specific tests done vary among the states. Some disorders are more common in some states, making these individual tests m...
Noninfectious Skin Conditions
Noninfectious Skin Conditions Many different noninfectious skin conditions require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Dermatitis Acne Drug Rashes Poison Ivy/Poison Oak Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
Normal Growth What is considered a normal growth rate? Growth involves not only the length and weight of a body, but also includes internal growth and development. Normal growth is categorized in a range used by pediatricians to gauge how a child is growing. The following are some average ranges of weight and height, based on growth charts developed by the CDC: Age Height - Females (in inches) Height - Males (in inches) Weight - Females (in pounds) Weight - Males (in pounds 1 27 to 31 28 to 32 15 to 20 ...
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Statistics
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Statistics What are statistics? Some people use numbers called statistics to figure out their chances of getting cancer. Or they use them to try to figure out their chance of being cured. Because no 2 people are alike, statistics can’t be used to predict what will happen to one person. The statistics below describe large groups of people. They do not take into account a person's own risk factors, such as family history, behaviors, or cancer screenings. If you have questions, tal...
Nuclear Medicine What is nuclear medicine? Nuclear medicine is a specialized area of radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive materials, or radiopharmaceuticals, to examine organ function and structure. Nuclear medicine imaging is a combination of many different disciplines, including chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer technology, and medicine. This branch of radiology is often used to help diagnose and treat abnormalities very early in the progression of a disease, such as thyroid c...
Nasal Surgery What is nasal surgery? Nasal surgery includes any surgery performed on the outside or inside of the nose. A common type of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, nasal surgery may be performed to accomplish the following: Improve breathing Correct congenital or acquired deformities Change size or shape of nose (cosmetic) Repair nasal injuries What are the different types of nasal surgery? The following are some of the different types of nasal surgery: Septoplasty. Septoplasty is the surgical...
Neurological Conditions The nervous system is a complex system that regulates and coordinates body activities. It is made up of two major divisions. They are the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. The Central nervous system is made up of the brain and spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system is made up of everything else. In addition to the brain and spinal cord, these are the main organs of the nervous system: Eyes Ears Sensory organs of taste Sensory organs of smell Sensory re...
Neurological Surgery What is neurological surgery? Neurological surgery, also called neurosurgery, is the branch of medicine that provides both operative and nonoperative management of disorders that affect the central and peripheral nervous systems, including their supportive structures and vascular supply, and the operative and nonoperative management of pain. Neurological surgery encompasses disorders of the brain, spine, and nerves, including the following: The extracranial and intracranial carotid ...
Neurological Disorders There are many nervous system disorders that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Acute Spinal Cord Injury Alzheimer's Disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Ataxia Bell's Palsy Brain Tumors Cerebral Aneurysm Epilepsy and Seizures Guillain-Barré Syndrome Headache Cluster Headaches Tension Headaches Migraine Headaches How a Migraine Happens Diagnosis and Treat...
Nicotine-Replacement Therapy Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Nicotine-Replacement Therapy? Want to quit smoking? Here is the latest information about nicotine-replacement therapy and other aids that can help you. 1. Most medicines that help you quit smoking contain nicotine. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is These medicines are called nicotine-replacement therapy. They ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce the craving for nicotine, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) says. People trying to quit get a dose...
Nutrition Quiz for Seniors
Take the Senior Nutrition Quiz Eating a healthy diet is essential for people of every age. But as you age, doing so is especially important. To assess how much you know about good nutrition, take this quiz. 1. As you grow older and become less active, you need fewer nutrients in your diet. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is As you grow older, you may need fewer calories, particularly if you are less active than when you were younger, says the National Institute on Aging ...
Nutrition and Cancer Quiz
What Do You Know About Nutrition and Cancer? A diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is important for good health. How does diet affect your risk for cancer? Find out by taking this quiz, based in part on information from the American Cancer Society (ACS). 1. Eating f5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day may lower your cancer risk. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is AEating enough fruits and vegetables may help prevent several t...
Take the Nicotine Quiz Nicotine, one of the main chemicals in tobacco, is the primary reason that smoking is so addictive. Even though most smokers know that smoking is bad for them, they find it difficult to quit because of nicotine's effect. 1. Nicotine causes which of these changes in the body? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Nicotine temporarily increases the heart rate by two to three beats a minute and increases blood pressure in the short term because it constr...
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Risk Factors
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Risk Factors What is a risk factor? A risk factor is anything that may increase your chance of having a disease. Risk factors for a certain type of cancer might include smoking, diet, family history, or many other things. The exact cause of someone’s cancer may not be known. But risk factors can make it more likely for a person to have cancer. Things you should know about risk factors for cancer: Risk factors can increase a person's risk, but they do not necessarily cause the di...
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Your Chances of Recovery
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Your Chances of Recovery What is a prognosis? Prognosis is the word your health care team may use to describe your chances of recovering from cancer. Or it may mean your likely outcome from cancer and cancer treatment. A prognosis is a calculated guess. It’s a question many people have when they learn they have cancer. Making a choice The decision to ask about your prognosis is a personal one. It’s up to you to decide how much you want to know. Some people find it easier to cope...
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Newly Diagnosed
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Newly Diagnosed Being told you have skin cancer can be scary, and you may have many questions. But you have people on your health care team to help. Coping with fear It’s normal to feel afraid. Learning about your cancer and about the treatment options you have can make you feel less afraid. This also helps you work with your health care team and make the best choices for your treatment. You can also ask to speak with a counselor. Working with your health care team Most nonmelan...
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Chemotherapy
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Chemotherapy Chemotherapy is a treatment for cancer that is done with medicine. It attacks cells that divide quickly, such as cancer cells. How chemotherapy is used Chemotherapy for nonmelanoma skin cancer is most often applied as a cream or ointment onto the skin. This is called topical chemotherapy. These medicines are only used when the cancers are just in the top layers of the skin. The medicine is applied several times a week for a few weeks. The most common medicines used ...
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Managing Treatment Side Effects
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Managing Treatment Side Effects Treatments for skin cancer often cause side effects. In most cases, these side effects go away after treatment. The symptoms can include skin problems, as well as emotional stress. Here are strategies to help. Irritated skin Burned and irritated skin can be a side effect of radiation therapy or topical chemotherapy. These steps can help relieve skin irritation caused by these treatments. Make sure to: Wear loose, soft clothing over the treated are...
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Radiation Therapy
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy uses strong X-rays to kill cancer cells. It may be used on its own, or along with other types of treatment. How radiation therapy is done For nonmelanoma skin cancer, electron beam radiation is often used. This type of radiation does not go deeper than the skin. This helps limit side effects. The radiation damages the cancer cells and stops them from growing and dividing. Radiation therapy is a local therapy. This means that it affects the can...
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Surgery
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Surgery Surgery is the most common way to treat nonmelanoma skin cancer. There are many methods of surgery than can be used to remove the cancer. The goal is to completely remove the cancer while trying to limit harm to healthy tissue. This is especially important when the cancer is on the face. Mohs surgery This procedure removes the cancer and as little normal tissue as possible. It’s done in sensitive areas such as the face. During Mohs surgery, you’re given a local anestheti...
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Stages
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Stages In most cases, nonmelanoma skin cancer is confined to the skin and is easily treated and cured. If skin cancer has spread, then your doctor will want to know the stage of the cancer. Staging of cancer is a method of noting the extent of the cancer. The stage tells how big the cancer is, and if it has spread. This helps in deciding on the best treatment. Stage is determined when a biopsy (tissue sample) and other tests are done on the cancer. Stages of nonmelanoma skin can...
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Symptoms
Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Symptoms What are the symptoms of nonmelanoma skin cancer? Nonmelanoma skin cancer may appear as a new growth. Or it may occur as a change in the size or in the color of a growth you already have. These changes can happen slowly or quickly. Here are things to look out for. Basal cell carcinoma This type of skin cancer often develops in areas exposed to the sun, such as the head, face, neck, arms, and hands. The cancer may be: A small, raised bump that is shiny or pearly. It may ...
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