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Link between skin cancer and moles/freckles?

Link between skin cancer and moles/freckles?

Yes: Melanoma is a skin cancer starting from pigment producing cells called melanocytes. Moles which change color, have irregular borders, grow or bleed would be concerning features that mole has evolved into a melanoma. Best to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


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Is a freckle that hurts / feels like a bruise a sign of skin cancer?

Is a freckle that hurts / feels like a bruise a sign of skin cancer?

Hard to say: It's impossible to say yes or no based on that description alone. What you describe is unusual enough that you should have a thorough skin examination with a special focus on the area you mentioned. ...Read more

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What kind of skin cancer can start as a small freckle then feel slightly raised to the touch? I have made a dermatologist appt also

What kind of skin cancer can start as a small freckle then feel slightly raised to the touch? I have made a dermatologist appt also

Several kinds: At your age, you most likely have a benign lesion. You made a smart move to have a dermatologist look at it but again this is most likely not a problem. ...Read more

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Cluster of tiny flat spots like freckles under skin on thigh, started reddish and turned light brown. Is this cause for concern re skin cancer?

Cluster of tiny flat spots like freckles under skin on thigh, started reddish and turned light brown. Is this cause for concern re skin cancer?

Spots: It's difficult to state with 100% confidence or accuracy without looking at an individual lesion, however if there is any change in size, color or shape of any lesion especially any new lesion which was not present before, it is important that you visit a dermatologist for further evaluation as it may possibly need a skin biopsy to rule out skin cancer. ...Read more

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Have a mole that's slightly inflamed with a pin hole on top of the freckle....Can it be skin cancer? It's not two dif colors n same size as reg freckl

Skin cancer: Skin cancers often develop from previous moles, freckles and benign (non-cancerous) skin pathology. The important features are irregular shape, color changes and intact orders. If a lesion changes in these areas or is initially irregular in shape and color. Since yours has changes with inflammation and a irregular hole it should probably be professionally evaluated. Photograph to identify changes. ...Read more

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My husband (28 years) has a very new, 2.5mm, freckle like mark on his lower eyelid. Is this likely to be skin cancer?

My husband (28 years) has a very new, 2.5mm, freckle like mark on his lower eyelid. Is this likely to be skin cancer?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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I have brown spots on lips? I have 4 of them and they look kind of like freckles and are flat as well. Is this some sort of skin cancer?

I have brown spots on lips? I have 4 of them and they look kind of like freckles and are flat as well. Is this some sort of skin cancer?

See Ender's Game: The movie - teen actor has it too. It is unlikely to be cancer. Peutz jaeger's syndrome, associated with GI avm's is a possibility. Ask your pcp/iternist first. But no rush. ...Read more

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Can you get skin cancer from a first degree sunburn when you have only had a few mild ones in the past? 18 yrs/ few freckles on nose&face/pale

Can you get skin cancer from a first degree sunburn when you have only had a few mild ones in the past? 18 yrs/ few freckles on nose&face/pale

Cancer risks: Cancer comes from changes to the DNA- mutations, that can be caused by many things. Cancer begins only when enough changes have accrued to make cells that grow independently. But one can not tell right off if they have occurred. The more exposure the more risk, but single exposure does not mean zero risk, just lower. Take luck out of it and avoid risks. ...Read more

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I've a spot near my lip, just appeared. Worried it's skin cancer. I was hiking for 5 days, but wore sunscreen. New freckle? Scar from chapped lip?

I've a spot near my lip, just appeared. Worried it's skin cancer. I was hiking for 5 days, but wore sunscreen. New freckle? Scar from chapped lip?

Evaluation: Without seeing the area of concern, it would be impossible to give an accurate assessment. Suggest you visit your primary care doctor or dermatologist for an annual skin assessment, so they can evaluate your concern in person. ...Read more

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Strawbery blonde wih many freckles, have noticed several shiny bumps on skin (face, back of neck & arms) only 28 and worried it could be skin cancer?

Get checked: It is not too early to get a full body skin cancer examination to evaluate all marks and determine if any should not be there. Use a sunscreen with an spf of 30 or greater and reapply every two hours. ...Read more

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Bad sunburn on back+stomach 10days ago. Done peeling now have brown freckle like spots on back of shoulders where burn was worst. Is this skin cancer?

Bad sunburn on back+stomach 10days ago. Done peeling now have brown freckle like spots on back of shoulders where burn was worst. Is this skin cancer?

Sun protection: Sun exposure can cause skin cancer, but this happens over many years of exposure. It is important to have good sun protection at all times. However, for severe sunburns, it does take time to heal from the exposure. Please see your doctor if these spots do not clear up in 2weeks as he or she may have some recommendations for helping your skin heal. ...Read more

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What is the risk of a small nevous sebaceous in face sine birth to turn into skin cancer. My dr. Said less than 1 % and forget it? Is this true? Thx

What is the risk of a small nevous sebaceous in face sine birth to turn into skin cancer. My dr. Said less than 1 % and forget it? Is this true? Thx

Watch it: You can have it off if it bothers you or if it's your personal preference to have a little scar instead. The risk is low. Little cancers that arise in these things can be excised without danger to you. ...Read more

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If I have a skin burn can it turn into skin cancer?

If I have a skin burn can it turn into skin cancer?

It's rare: If you have an old cicatrix (big scar) from a really bad skin burn, there's a real risk of a squamous cancer arising here years later. But don't worry -- keep a close eye on the scar and if something new appears, have it off as soon as you can and you'll be almost certain of a cure. ...Read more

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What is skin cancer?

Abnormal cells: Skin cancer has become a concerning condition which affects approximately one in every five people today. There are several types of skin cancer, each of which is the result of abnormal cellular activity. Common forms of skin cancer are basal and squamous cell carcinomas and melanoma. Early treatment is ideal for optimal prognosis. Learn more about skin cancer at http://dermdocs. Com/. ...Read more

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Coler of skin cancer?

Coler of skin cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Does skin cancer itch?

Does skin cancer itch?

It can: Certain skin cancers, basal cell can instill an inflammatory respond in the surrounding skin which can "itch." best to see a doctor if you have a questions. ...Read more

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What causes skin cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Do I have skin cancer?

Needs evaluation: Do you sores that will not heal? pale skin or red hair? Have you had common exposure to bright sunlight with frequent sunburns? Are there nodules on your skin that are growing irregularly. Check with your dermatologist if any of these are present. ...Read more

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Is skin cancer hereditary?

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. ...Read more

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Freckle (Definition)

A freckle is a small brown spot on your skin, caused by sun exposure. Use your abcde's to tell the difference between a freckle and skin cancer. A=asymmetry. B=border [irregular]. C=color [irregular]. D=diameter [larger than a pencil eraser]. E=evolving [change in color, size, height, new symptoms like bleeding, itching or crusting]. These are danger signs that ...Read more


Dr. Mike Bowman
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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