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Could cancer moles only mean skin cancer?

Could cancer moles only mean skin cancer?

Not sure: I'm really not sure how to answer your question. If you have been diagnosed by a pathologist with "cancer moles" that could mean that you have skin cancer, but most doctors do not use a term like "cancer mole". Doctors usually use more specific terms like "squamous cell carcinoma", "basal cell carcinoma", "melanoma", etc. If you could tell me exactly what the pathologist said, i could explain. ...Read more

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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What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

Depends on location: Surgical removal of skin cancers is effective and the risks are associated with the size and location. Bleeding, infection and poor cosmetic outcome are all risks. Delayed healing in areas of poor blood flow is also a risk. Other treatments such as radiation can be successful as well with similar results and better cosmetic outcomes. ...Read more

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Skin cancer does skin cancer only come from moles?

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does skin cancer only come from moles?

No: many sources: Although moles may develop into skin cancer, it can take on many other forms such as an ulcer, nodule, cyst, plaque, cutaneous horn, papule and other presentations. ...Read more

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Could sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma?

Could sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma?

Yes yes yes!!!: I will admit there are few things lovelier than a well tanned female body but in the end, a tan is a response to injury and ultimately not good for you. Sun exposure will increase the risk for skin cancers of all types, including the potentially deadly melanoma. It will also cause premature skin aging. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure (and tanning beds as well). Best to you. ...Read more

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Are skin biopsies performed on conditions other than suspicious moles?

Are skin biopsies performed on conditions other than suspicious moles?

Skin biopsy: Skin biopsies are performed to determine the histopathology of the skin condition. This tells the type of rash a person has. Also there are many other types of growths besides moles such as precancerous actinic keratosis, and other skin cancers. Skin biopsies are essential for accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma? Any answers appreciated!

Can sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma? Any answers appreciated!

Yes & Yes.: This is why it is so important to protect your skin at all times. ...Read more

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Who can I consult about a suspicious mole & risk of skin cancer?

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Who can I consult about a suspicious mole & risk of skin cancer?

Surgeon: You can see your primary doctor or a surgeon to have your mole evaluated. Some primary doctors will remove these in the office. Most surgeons will definitely remove them either in the office or in the operating room. ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could skin cancer make your hair quit growing?

Thoughts? Could skin cancer make your hair quit growing?

No.: Hair growth is not affected by localized skin cancer. Though, patients can lose hair if they are getting chemotherapy for certain types of cancer. ...Read more

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How do you screen for skin cancer, is it important to screen for skin cancer?

How do you screen for skin cancer, is it important to screen for skin cancer?

Dermatologist & yes: Those at risk should, it includes fair (light colored, freckled) skinned individuals. Sun damaged skin and those with nevi and moles. The main way is to look at all the skin and look at lesions and moles by a specialist, the dermatologist. The patient should also keep an eye on lesions, enlarging or growing, asymmetry, color changes, bleeding, larger than a pencil eraser should be checked. ...Read more

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Where are we on treatment for skin cancer? Is their a higher percentage for living with having late stage melanoma or other skin cancers?

Where are we on treatment for skin cancer? Is their a higher percentage for living with having late stage melanoma or other skin cancers?

Getting better: Most non-melanoma skin cancer is cured by surgery alone. Metastatic melanoma remains I curable, but recent treatment advances have yielded significant prolongation of survival. ...Read more

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What is melanoma skin cancer?

Aggressive cancer: Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin. These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into cancer it can grow radially and deeply which can be dangerous as it can subsequently spread to other areas of the body. There are genetic predispositions as well as ultraviolet radiation exposure and sunburns are risk factors. ...Read more

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How to I check my moles for skin cancer?

Learn your ABCD's: Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What can be done for breast cancer skin metastasis?

What can be done for  breast cancer skin metastasis?

More importantly...: ...What's going on in the rest of the body? True skin mets from breast cancer are often multiple & may be indicative of disease elsewhere, necessitating chemotherapy. If it is truly an isolated skin met, it can be excised and/or radiated. ...Read more

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What are my chances of developing skin cancer if I had 2 premelanoma and 10 clarks moles? Fair skin, green eyes, no family history of cancer.

High: You'll do well to use a good sunscreen, and especially to continue to keep an eye on your skin. You've got a reasonable chance of getting a malignant melanoma one of these days, but if you've kept up proper surveillance and spot and remote it in time, you will probably save your life by doing so. ...Read more

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How are moles on your skin related to cancer?

Have new ones checkd: Although changes in our skin are normal as we age, if u notice new changes that r concerning have them looked at by your regular doctor. Most benign skin changes are easy to identify by looking at them. Skin cancer identification is defined by the a, b, c's. A- asymmetric shape. B- borders that are irregular, c-color (multiple colors are concerning) there are some more features but these r basics. ...Read more

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Will indoor tanning cause any health problems other than skin cancer, like ovarian cancer?

Aging and death: Indoor tanning is paying someone to cause you skin cancer and make you age faster! skin cancer is not to be taken lightly--it is the number one cause of death in young people under the age of 30. Also, once the damage is done you can't undo it. Your skin has memory and will remember every sunburn or uv tanning assault. The damage starts young and accumulates over time. ...Read more

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Can a skin biopsy detect other cancers?

Can a skin biopsy detect other cancers?

Skin cancer : A skin biopsy is used to detect a variety if cancerous and non cancerous growths. ...Read more

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Are there risks for laser hair removal? Skin cancer?

Are there risks for laser hair removal? Skin cancer?

No cancer risk: You're only 19. Make sure that you really want that hair removed. You may meet someone wonderful in the future who likes a hairy guy. Try shaving for now. ...Read more

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Getting a cancer check of skin with tattoo?

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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Getting a cancer check of skin with tattoo?

Rephrase question: If i can rephrase your question- you are asking how to check skin cancer if your skin is full with tattoo? The answer is-- it would be difficult. Your dermatologist really have to look very carefully to see if there is anything suspicious. You have to pay attention to your own body, if you feel a growth or something not right -bring that up to your doctor.And, dont add anymore tattoo, if you can. ...Read more

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...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, with the cancerous (malignant) cells growing ...Read more