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A 49-year-old member asked:

how would you determine if you have skin cancer?

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Dr. Andres Sarraga
Plastic Surgery 17 years experience
Need a biopsy: See a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. You need professional evaluation of a skin lesion to determine if it is warranted to biopsy it or remove it.
Dr. Coyle Connolly
Dermatology 29 years experience
Skin cancer : Most skin cancers are the result of excessive sun exposure/tanning. Genetics play a strong role too. Any skin lesion that is changing size, color, shape or an area that does not heal is suspicious for skin cancer and should be evaluated by a dermatologist.
Dr. Luciann Hruza
Dermatology 33 years experience
It may be difficult for you to tell. If you have an area on your skin that is rough, not healing or looks like a blemish or pimple but does not resolve within a month you should see a dermatologist. On the other hand, about moles, if you have a lot of moles your risk of melanoma is increased and for this reason you should have a complete skin check by a dermatologist every year. The doctor will be able to show you which moles you need to "watch" and which ones are not worrisome.
Jul 13, 2013

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How can I determine whether I have skin cancer or not?

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Dr. Shelby Terstriep
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Abnormal moles: Change in the color, shape, size of a mole deserve further checking. Also non healing skin lesions. It you have any of the above, have family history of melanoma, have lot of moles or sun exposure, or just want a good thorough check a dermatologist can do a whole body skin check.
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Does smokeless tobacco carry a high risk of mouth cancer?

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What could cause the left side of my jaw to lock up after catching a cold a few days ago?

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Dr. Thomas Benda, jr
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TMJ disorder: A locked jaw is usually due to a temporomandibular joint that is injured or displaced. This could happen when you are ill from clenching too much, or a wide yawn if you already have aproblem with the joint. Go see an ent. If severe a few days of a steroid will help, then you may need an occlusion splint made by a dentist.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What might a patch of painful red skin be due to?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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Inflammation: Inflammation of some type. If it doesn't heal, you should visit your doctor.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is there an effective way to determine if something is skin cancer. I mean, what should you watch out for?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
For a mole: Aad malignant melanoma: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer.

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