Top
20
Doctor insights on: 3 Types Skin Cancer

Share
Dr. Barry Rosen
4,316 Doctors shared insights

Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


2

2
What types of people get skin cancer?

What types of people get skin cancer?

All skin types: Anyone can get a skin cancer but there's higher risk for fairer skin complexion and increased sun exposure. Genetics plays an important role so if skin cancer runs in the family that puts you at higher risk. As more people live longer and spend more time in the sun, there will be increasing incidence of skin cancer. The U.S. Is currently having higher rates of skin cancer and will continue to incr. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
5

5
Is there a type of skin cancer that can be lethal?

Is there a type of skin cancer that can be lethal?

Yes: Skin cancers that are more advanced (higher stage) are associated with lower survival rates. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
6

6
Which type of harsh chemicals may cause skin cancer?

Skin carcinogens: The most common cause of skin cancer is exposure to uv radiation. Chemicals that cause skin cancer include chronic exposure to arsenicals and some industrial solvents. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
How can I tell if my symptoms are a type of skin cancer?

How can I tell if my symptoms are a type of skin cancer?

Dr exam or biopsy: There are many types of skin cancer and many different symptoms. If you have a skin lesion (mole, rash, bump, etc) that is changing, bleeding, ulcerated, growing or is otherwise bothersome, the best thing to do is to have it examined by a physician, and ultimately examined by a dermatopathologist, a doctor who specializes in diseases of the skin. ...Read more

8

8
Need expert opinions about skin cancer types, what are they?

Need expert opinions about skin cancer types, what are they?

3 types: The commonest skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma which is fairly benign and has near 100% cure rates when treated early. Squamous cell cancer is the next most frequent skin cancer, this too does not spread so mostly cured easily. The worst kind of skin cancer is melanoma which has higher risik of spreading in the body. So it requires close watch and close check ups because of its dangerous natur. ...Read more

9

9
Are there different types of skin cancer? If so, what are they?

Are there different types of skin cancer? If so, what are they?

Many: There are many types of skin cancer, too numerous to mention here, . But some common ones are squamus cell and basal cell. Malignant melanoma is more serious. If you have concerns, or suspicious lesions, see a dermatiologist for a thorough skin exam. Best wishes. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
10

10
Which type of skin cancer accounts for largest number of cancer deaths?

Which type of skin cancer accounts for largest number of cancer deaths?

Melanoma: Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. More than 75, 000 cases of skin cancer in 2012 were due to melanoma. It accounts for almost 9, 000 of the nearly 12, 000 skin cancer deaths each year. One person dies of melanoma every hour (every 62 minutes). ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
11

11
What to do if I have problem with my skin, but it isn't cancer, are there different types of skin cancer?

Yes: The three main types of skin cancer are squamous cell, basal cell, and melanoma. Treatment options overlap but aren't the same for each type and stage of cancer. As you said, there are also a number of skin conditions that aren't cancer. ...Read more

12

12
I put sunblock on three times today but still got sunburned. What can I do? Too hot out to wear sleeves. I don't want to get skin cancer

I put sunblock on three times today but still got sunburned. What can I do? Too hot out to wear sleeves. I don't want to get skin cancer

Tips: More sunscreen (Most only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. Use full ounce). Apply every 2 hrs when swimming or sweating. Apply 15 min BEFORE going out. SPF at least 30 (blocks 97% of sun's rays). ...Read more

14

14
Do doctors know of different types of skin cancer?

Yes: Skin cancers can be divided into melanoma and non-melanoma. The non melanoma skin cancers (nmsc) commonly include basal cell & squamous cell carcinomas. Other rare nmsc include merkel cell. Extramammary paget's disease, dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans, mycosis fungoides to name a few. You can visit http://skincancer. Org for trusted information. Hope this helps. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
15

15
Is there a type of skin cancer that can be fatal in 6 months of so?

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

Yes, melanoma: Melanoma can be fatal in less than six months. Despite our expertise, I have unfortunately taken care of patients like this. Melanoma can be so aggressive and so evasive. This is why melanoma patients should be seen at a center that specializes in this type of cancer. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
16

16
What types of skin cancer does mohs micrographic surgery remove?

BCC & SCCA: Basal cells (bcc) and squamous cell (scca) are the two most common skin cancers treated with moh's. As these are the most common types of skin cancer, that works out very well. Moh's surgery is helpful to minimize the size of the defect (yet still effect a cure) in areas where tissue conservation is important, like the face. It is more expensive, however. ...Read more

See 4 more doctor answers
17

17
I have always thought that any type of skin cancer when caught early on, by seeing an MD, could be cured 95% of the time. Right?

I have always thought that any type of skin cancer when caught early on, by seeing an MD, could be cured 95% of the time. Right?

Early = Good: Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. The 3 most common types are basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma. Melanoma is the most dangerous type. Prognosis depends on the depth of the cancer and the involvement of lymph nodes. If detected early (stage IA), the 10-year survival rate is 95% Everyone should wear sunscreen when outside and avoid tanning beds. ...Read more

18

18
Is a mole a sign of skin cancer or it can be a sign of other types of cancer?

Is a mole a sign of skin cancer or it can be a sign of other types of cancer?

Most often not!: There are many different moles or lesions that present on the skin during a persons lifetime. The vast majority are benign and of no consequence except for maybe appearance concerns. However there are certain moles or skin lesions that need to be evaluated because of their characteristics. Color changes, inflammation, enlargement are all things that should be checked by a physician ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman
951 Doctors shared insights

Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use and ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
2,628 Doctors shared insights

Melanoma (Definition)

Cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more