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I have a basal cell carcinoma on my chin & I am worried

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I have a basal...

I have a basal cell carcinoma on my chin & I am worried about something that just occurred. My tooth was aching in my lower jaw so I put a hot compress on it a number of times to try to relieve the pain of my tooth. Without realizing it the hot cloth also covered the basal cell as well. After about 30 minutes of repeating the hot cloth on my jaw I noticed the skin cancer looked so much smaller & was very red in color. I am so scared now that somehow after becoming softer & possibly hot the cancer in the skin tumor has somehow gone into my bloodstream & that's why it now looks smaller. Can you please tell me if this is possible that the cancer went now into my system? Could it spread this way?

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you had the symptoms? What seems to make the symptoms worse or better?

I have had the skin cancer for a while.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I have had previous skin cancers also removed in the past.

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 6 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 6 months ago

This is not possible.

Basal cells do not survive in the blood and also basal cell cancer is predominantly a local cancer. It does not have either a blood or a lymphatic spread. So please do not worry at all.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Dr..... Why is it now half the size that it was? It is so much smaller & that is what is worrying me? Where did the rest of the tumor go to make it this much smaller?
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 6 months ago

Warm compresses can decrease the size temporarily.

This is likely to restore the size in couple of days.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Dr...... Is there any chance at all that the cancer cells spread into me this way? If any did ...... is this at all dangerous to me?
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 6 months ago
It is not dangerous at all.
It cannot spread like this.
Please don’t worry.
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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Thank you......
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 6 months ago
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