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coler of skin cancer?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Color and cancer: Caucasians are the primary victims of skin cancer. However, everyone, regardless of skin color, can fall prey to it. Unfortunately, many patients and even some physicians are under the impression that non-caucasian people are immune to this disease. That is one reason people of color are diagnosed with skin cancer at later stages. These delays mean that skin cancers are often advanced and fatal.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
3 types of skin ca: 1. Basal cell, older, scaly, sun exposure, white/red' 2. Squamous: red, lesion that will not heal, again exposed body parts. 3. Melanoma: black mole: varied black to brown, irregular edges, grows radially and up and down from skin surface. Any age. The latter is the most lethal and in need of prompt DX & rx.
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Varies..: Melanomas are often pigmented (dark) lesions with asymmetric borders and different colors within the cancer. Other skin cancers are more "skin colored" but often have scaling, ulcerations, prominent blood vessels, or a pearly appearance. All skin cancers enlarge with time. If you have doubt about a spot on your skin get it checked out.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How can skin cancer be treated?

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Dr. David Yan
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Usually surgery: Most skin cancers are treated initially with surgical excision. In some cases, depending on the type of tumor, other modalities may be employed. These include radiation, chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy, and others.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Is skin cancer hereditary?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Can be: 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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A 42-year-old member asked:

What causes skin cancer?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Sun damage, Genetics: 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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A 45-year-old member asked:

How does skin cancer begin?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Sun damage: With rare exception, most skin cancers are caused by sun damage. Any new skin bump which is new, enlarging, and changing is concerning. The older you are, and the more sun exposure you have had, the higher the risk of skin cancer. Melanomas risk is remembered as abcd: asymmetry, irregular borders, irregular coloration, diameter >6mm. If in doubt, have it check out by your doctor.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is skin cancer hereditary in any way?

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Dr. David Voron
Dermatology 51 years experience
See below: The three common types of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma, all have a hereditary component.

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