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A 44-year-old member asked:

After a sunburn, how quickly can skin cancer be determined?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Denis Winder
59 years experience
Information: There is no specific time interval. Most skin cancers oreseent as something like a pimple or a small are of redness or itching. Early on it may not look like much pf anything. Generally any new spot , bleeding spot, local itching area that does not resolve in three to six weeks should be evaluated and perhaps biopsied.
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 30 years experience
Sunburn : A sunburn could mask the detection of some forms of skin cancer. In a few days the redness from the burn will subside making evaluation by a dermatologist easier.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 18 years experience
Years: The reported time from a severe sunburn and the development of cancer is 30 years.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How quickly can skin cancer spread?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Very variable: Basal cell carcinoma of the skin almost never spreads, except by contiguous extension. At the other extreme are melanomas which sometimes are widely disseminated when first diagnosed.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can sunburn lead to skin cancer?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Byron May
32 years experience
YES: Sunburns are positively correlated with risk of developing skin cancer later in life.
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