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A 46-year-old member asked:

Why do tumors develop in the skin? how are they treated?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 65 years experience
Exposure: Skin tumors develop because of exposure to UV or cutaneous carcinogens. Majoiry are basal cell Ca, some squamous and melanoma. If appearance of superficial ulcer then Efudex (fluorouracil) (5 FU cream used) Otherwise excisional bx required if lesion enlarges. When pigmented wide excision for possible melanoma needed.
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A 50-year-old member asked:

How are skin tumors typically treated?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 24 years experience
Surgical Excision: Majority of skin cancers are treated by complete surgical removal. Basal and squamous cell carcinomas, the most common skin cancers, are curative if removed completely. Malignant melanomas are also treated with excision. However, depending on the depth of invasion and stage of disease, some undergo sentinel lymph node biopsy/dissection followed by systemic therapies such as interferon.
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