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how do you know if you have skin cancer

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
56 years experience General Surgery
Exam&biopsy: You should be seen by your doctor , if suspicious he will do a biopsy then you will know.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Somebody else to see: You will need to have somebody else to exam you off course. If there is anything suspicious -then see a dermatologist--get it examined & biopsied -and ... Read More
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
Biopsy: See a doctor so that if needed a biopsy may be taken to be examined by a pathologist for definitive diagnosis.

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theda Kontis
34 years experience Facial Plastic Surgery
Biopsy: The only way to tell if you have a skin cancer is by a biopsy. If you have a new or changing lesion that concerns you, seek the advice of a physician ... Read More
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Dr. Coyle Connolly
29 years experience Dermatology
Skin cancer: The only way to know is to have a dermatologist evaluate any suspicious lesion. A skin biopsy will confirm whether it is cancerous or not.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andres Sarraga
17 years experience Plastic Surgery
Need a biopsy: See a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. You need professional evaluation of a skin lesion to determine if it is warranted to biopsy it or remove it.
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Dr. Coyle Connolly
29 years experience Dermatology
Skin cancer : Most skin cancers are the result of excessive sun exposure/tanning. Genetics play a strong role too. Any skin lesion that is changing size, color, s ... Read More
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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Hopefully nothing: If skin cancer is localized (hasn't spread) it can be surgically removed. If it spreads (metastasizes) anything is possible.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Subramaniam Arumugam
56 years experience Plastic Surgery
See Dermatologist: See dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. Let them examine and tell you > if you have a skin cancer. Sometimes they may take a biopsy before diagnosin ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Yes: You can get it as a teen. Tom dooley md got his fatal melanoma in his mid-30's and one of my students in his 20s has a basal cell ca on his face alrea ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph Woods
28 years experience Pathology
Cancer of skin cells: Skin cancer is cancer that occurs in the various types of cells that make up the skin. For example, squamous cancer is cancer that occurs in the surf ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
32 years experience Dermatology
Color and cancer: Caucasians are the primary victims of skin cancer. However, everyone, regardless of skin color, can fall prey to it. Unfortunately, many patients and ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Krishna Narayanan
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes: Sometimes can happen because of irritation of sensory nerve endings.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
19 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Sun damage, Genetics: 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 fo ... Read More
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