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A 35-year-old member asked:

How to get over my fear if skin cancer?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
See your doc: He/she will do 2 things: evaluate your skin for any suspicious lesion and help you with the anxiety issues. You may need to see a dermatologist or a psychologist (or both). Protect your skin and avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning beds but do not live in fear.

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A 50-year-old member asked:

How do you get skin cancer?

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Dr. Karen Han
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Photodamage: Basal and squamous cell skin cancers are the two most common skin cancers. They develop due to excessive sun exposure. In people who are otherwise healthy, these tumors do not metastasize but cause destruction by direct extension. The 3rd most common skin cancer is malignant melanoma, fatal if metastasized. Although some cases of melanoma are hereditary, most are also due to sun exposure.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you get skin cancer from writing on yourself?

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Dr. Otto Placik
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Not usually: This is a not a common cause of skin cancer.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

How can a person get skin cancer?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Sun damage and Genes: 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.

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