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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marilda Chung
35 years experience in Pathology
Skin biopsy: This really depends on what is being biopsied. For a "nodule" or "bump," to rule out cancer, a biopsy is usually likely to give a very accurate diagn ... Read More

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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience in Dermatology
Not at all...: ...If done correctly. A small amount of anesthetic is injected at the site to be biopsied, and that may cause a bit of burning. After that the skin is ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Jeremy Man
16 years experience in Dermatology
Yes: Skin biopsies are routinely performed by dermatologists and primary care doctors on a regular basis. It is one of the most commonly performed procedu ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience in Dermatology
2-3 weeks: If the biopsy was closed with a suture, the suture comes out in a week, and it takes another week to heal completely, except perhaps for a bit of redn ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heather Curry
29 years experience in Radiation Oncology
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. ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience in Medical Oncology
What is the Question: Please tell us what you want to know about skin biopsies? Skin Cancer is of 3 types: Basal cell cancer and squamous cell cancer are relatively slow gr ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
24 years experience in Dermatology
Variable: That all depends on they type of biopsy. A shave is more superficial. A punch goes into the more superficial fat layer. Excisional biopsies can go ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience in Dermatology
Under skin: It means the stitches are in tissue beneath the skin where you cannot see them. No suture removal will be needed.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
26 years experience in Medical Oncology
Neither: Skin tag (medical term is acrochordon) is a small benign tumor that forms primarily in areas where the skin forms creases, such as the neck, armpit, a ... Read More
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Glantz
37 years experience in General Surgery
Skin tags: Skin tags are simply redundant skin that cause protuberances, often around areas that are frequently rubbed by clothing or are traumatized by friction ... Read More
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A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
No: No. Often sk's appear/increase as people age.
A male asked:
Dr. Walter Klein
20 years experience in Pathology
Sounds benign: This description sounds like a benign mole or what a pathologist would call a junctional nevus. There should be a final diagnosis on the report in ad ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Two are unrelated: Basal cell carcinoma and ingrown hair are unrelated to each other and one does not affect the incidence of the other.
A 70-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
No: Not contagious.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hung Khong
26 years experience in Medical Oncology
Unlikely: Cancer takes many years to form; so it is unlikely for a lesion that appears overnight to be cancerous.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
An aggressive cancer: Melanoma skin cancer arises from the pigment cells in the skin. The larges risk factor is sun exposure. It is scary because even a small primary tum ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ashley Vanderloop
12 years experience in Podiatry
Skin lesions: Any questionable skin lesions should be seen in person by a specialist. If a lesion has been diagnosed as pre-cancerous I would not recommend scrapin ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Hoffmann
37 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Yes: Any biopsy will heal normally with some scar tissue. This is true in the tongue or anywhere else. Like other scars a tongue scar will slowly improve w ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Coyle Connolly
28 years experience in Dermatology
Skin cancer : A skin biopsy is used to detect a variety if cancerous and non cancerous growths.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Depends: Usually skin biopsy is taken from the site of the lesion. If the biopsy is for a systemic disorder like lupus, then it may not matter where it is take ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Godt
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: There are easy to remove and are not at all painful.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Depends: Depend on what type of cancer? Squamous cell, basal cell, skin lymphoma? Etc. Surgical resection if localized on the skin and if indicated. If it is a ... Read More
A 5-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience in Surgical Oncology
No: Scar tissue in the region of the throat is usually the response to an inflammatory process. Biopsy reveals fibroblastic tissue but no malignant cel ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Jenkins
Specializes in Anesthesiology
Pain local: It will probably be administered with a fine needle and also cause an initial burning sensation, yes.

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