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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
209 doctors shared insights

Skin Cancer (Overview)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & occupational exposure are risks.


Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
209 doctors shared insights

Skin Cancer (Overview)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & occupational exposure are risks.


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Skin cancer symptoms?

Skin cancer symptoms?

Follow the 'ABCDE's: A- asymmetry b- border irregular/blurry c- color uneven d- diameter > 1/4 inch e- elevated or evolving http://www.Skincancer.Org/skin-cancer-information/melanoma. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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Is skin cancer genetic?

Is skin cancer genetic?

Yes, some melanomas: There are genes for melanoma amd a family tendency to melanoma foramation so family members of patients with melanoma are urgerd to be crewed. There is also rare form of aggressive basal cell carcinoma that has a genetic marker. ...Read more

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How does skin cancer start out looking like, when it is young and small?

How does skin cancer start out looking like, when it is young and small?

"Ugly duckling": Any new skin lesion that's not obviously like your others needs to be brought to the attention of your primary care physician at your annual physical exam. A bleeding or rapidly-enlarging lesion calls for an office visit. Pigmented lesions suspicious for melanoma are usually those that look different from their neighbors and should prompt a visit. Glad you're proactive -- good for you! ...Read more

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Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
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Treating Skin Tags (Checklist)

Do not treat them yourself
Once
Avoid picking at them
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Have them removed by a doctor if needed
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Skin cancer under hair, possible?

Sometimes: Skin cancers most often develop on areas of sun-exposed skin including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms, dorsum(top) of hands, and legs. However they can form in areas that are rarely sun-exposed such as the palms, fingernail/toenail beds, and even the genitals. Not all skin changes are due to skin cancer. A physician can check any skin changes that worry you and make suggestions. ...Read more

Dr. Gene Wong Dr. Wong
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What are the symptoms of skin cancer?

Dr. Gene Wong Dr. Wong
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What are the symptoms of skin cancer?

It depends: There are different types of skin cancers. For melanoma, it can present as mole or pigmented lesions that changes color, grows, ulcerates and bleeds. For squamous cell ca, early stage starts like tiny skin plaques with thick flicky skin that can grow ulcerate with heaved up margins. Basal cell ca may have different forms but check with you physcian if not sure. ...Read more

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Is skin cancer hereditary?

Can be: There can be a family component to many cancers including skin cancers. This should not be taken lightly. Sun exposure is another large risk factor for skin cancer. The two together can be very dangerous. If you have a strong family history, lots of sun exposure, or any enlarging skin lesions, be evaluated by your local doctor and/or dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are the signs of skin cancer?|

What are the signs of skin cancer?|

New or changes: Get to know your skin by self-exam at least once a month. Look for new lesions or changes in pre-existing ones (color, shape, size, itches or hurts or bleeds). Some skin cancers start out by looking like a pimple but a pimple will go away, a skin cancer won't. If a lesion continues to persist or get bigger over a period of a month or 2, you should get it looked at by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Lerner Dr. Lerner
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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the abscess thoroughly
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If the abscess is draining on its own, cover it and regularly change the dressing
Once
See your doctor if the abscess is not draining or has redness around it
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Is skin cancer curable?

Is skin cancer curable?

Usually: In general, yes. There are many different types of skin cancer, and they all behave differently. As mentioned above, if caught early, all cancers are very curable. The speed with which they spread is very different from tumor to tumor. If you have any skin lesions which are changing, bleeding, or are otherwise concerning to you, have it evaluated by your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
once
Avoid the offending agent (s)
once
Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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What is melanoma skin cancer?

What is melanoma skin cancer?

Aggressive cancer: Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin. These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into cancer it can grow radially and deeply which can be dangerous as it can subsequently spread to other areas of the body. There are genetic predispositions as well as ultraviolet radiation exposure and sunburns are risk factors. ...Read more

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Besides a colonoscopy, mamography, skin cancer exam, can one cancer protect his/her life? Or, is it part of ones life process until diagnosis?

Besides a colonoscopy, mamography, skin cancer exam, can one cancer protect his/her life? Or, is it part of ones life process until diagnosis?

Health: Other ways to promote your health 1. Don't smoke 2. Exercise on a regular basis 3. Maintain a healthy body weight 4. Wear sunscreen 5. Have routine physicals performed by your doctor 6. Limit your consumption of alcohol All things that sound like common sense, but we sometimes forget to do. ...Read more

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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
Once
Use mild soap when washing your skin
Once
Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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Would a non-dermatologist be able to diagnose skin cancer?

Yes: Family practice doctors and general surgeons also do biopsies and send them to a pathologist. ...Read more

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Could sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma?

Could sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma?

Yes yes yes!!!: I will admit there are few things lovelier than a well tanned female body but in the end, a tan is a response to injury and ultimately not good for you. Sun exposure will increase the risk for skin cancers of all types, including the potentially deadly melanoma. It will also cause premature skin aging. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure (and tanning beds as well). Best to you. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Mike Bowman
974 doctors shared insights

Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin which is one of the most complex organs in the body, degenerates into cancer, with the cancerous (malignant) cells growing ...Read more