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How long does it take for skin cancer to develop

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Skin cancer : The timing of the development of skin cancer is variable. In many cases there is a considerable lag time (years) from sun exposure in childhood to th... Read More
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Varies: Each cancer is unique. Some cancer cells have the ability to develop very quickly while others grow much slower.

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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Goodpaster
Dentistry 29 years experience
It Depends: There are several types of skin cancer & depending on the type, how bad it has progressed & the overall health of the person before the range is great... Read More
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Skin cancer : Some skin cancers evolve over years while some may grow and spread more rapidly over months such as the case with certain malignant melanoma. Skin can... Read More
Dr. David Motoki
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Skin Cancer: The length of time one could survive with an untreated skin cancer depends on the type of skin cancer. The earlier the diagnosis and treatment the bet... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Sunburn: There is often a lag phase of many years between the time of a sunburn and the development of skin cancer. See a dermatologist if you suspect skin can... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No worry: Had actinic keratosis turned into cancer, you would have seen it at that site. AK does not spread into other organs. For good health - Have a diet ric... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Spread is rare: Squamous cell cancer of the skin remains localized for many years and therefore is curable when excised with a small operation. it can spread if negle... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Skin cancer : The time for an actual skin lesion may vary from weeks to years . The primary culprit , uv radiation is an insidious process.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denis Winder
Plastic Surgery 58 years experience
Information: It generally takes many years.Fortunately not all sunburns result in skin cancer. You should know that even one sunburn equivalent to a second degee ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery 39 years experience
Cumulative damage: Cancer development associated with uv exposure takes time. In patients who develop skin cancers, the history of sun burns and sun damage is cumulative... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lauren Stegman
Radiation Oncology 27 years experience
Please see a doctor.: There can be more to identifying a skin condition than simply looking at a picture. Areas of concern should be evaluated by your primary doctor or a ... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Rosenblum
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Need exam: The patch may be harmless, but a dermatologist (skin doctor) should look at it to determine why it is spreading. It is not likely to be cancer, but i... Read More

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