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A 40-year-old member asked:

can skin cancer spread to the internal organs?

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Dr. Jon Krook
Dr. Jon Krook answered
General Surgery 24 years experience
Certain kinds can: Melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma can and do spread to other organs. Melanoma is the big one. It will be summer soon. Wear sunscreen, a hat, and coverup when in the sun. This is especially important for our children as sun exposure when you are young can have significant ramifications later.
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Skin: Yes skin cancers, especially malignant melanoma have the potential to spread to internal organs if not detected early. Basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers are less likely to spread to internal organs.
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately, melanoma has the potential to spread to internal organs, thus the importance of diagnosing it as early as possible. Other kinds of skin cancers could also spread but rarely.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the signs of skin cancer?|

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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New, enlarging bumps: Melanoma is the most dangerous skin cancer. We talk about the abcd's. A-asymmetry, b-irregular borders, c-changes in color, d-diameter over 6mm. If you lesion has any of those findings, get it checked out. There are other skin cancers types as well. If you any concern, go see your local doctor for evaluation.
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How do I know if I might have skin cancer?|

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Dr. Margaret Mann
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See a dermatologist: The best way to diagnose a skin cancer is to see your dermatologist. He or she will examine the spot and determine if a skin biopsy is necessary. Often times, a dermatologist can tell by looking at a spot if it is cancer or not. If you have a spot that bleeds, doesn't heal, or grows rapidly, it may be signs of skin cancer. Fortunately, most are easily treatable in the office.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Apart from suncreams and shade. Any alternative creams, herbs etc that have benefits regarding skin cancer?

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Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 51 years experience
Skin cancer: There are no effective creams, herbs, etc that reliably prevent sun damage. Sunscreens work very well and should be used when you are outdoors.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is there a type of skin cancer that can be fatal in 6 months of so?

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Malignant melanoma: A malignant melanoma may kill with six months of diagnosis.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How does skin cancer start out looking like, when it is young and small?

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Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
Skin Cancer subtypes: Skin cancer falls into two categories - melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Depending on the type - some just appear to grow and change and not look like nay other skin lesion that you have on your body. Sometimes they also bleed. Your best bet is to be evaluated by a dermatologist if you are concerned about the possibility of having a skin cancer. http://www.mohspros.com/library/3909/skinc.

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