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Can you tell me if i could have excision surgery to remove skin cancer while I am 6 months pregnant?

Can you tell me if i could have excision surgery to remove skin cancer while I am 6 months pregnant?

Yes: You may be concerned about getting anesthesia because of your pregnancy. If the skin cancer is small, it may be possible to remove it under local anesthesia. ...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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Any ideas if I can have excision surgery to remove skin cancer while I am 6 months pregnant?

Any ideas if I can have excision surgery to remove skin cancer while I am 6 months pregnant?

Excision: A small surgical excision of a skin lesion would be okay to perform during pregnancy. Of course you would want to consult with your OB/Gyn first. ...Read more

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Does it take more than one shot for skin cancer surgery?

Does it take more than one shot for skin cancer surgery?

Depends: When removing skin for skin cancer, the skin that is removed needs to be checked ny a pathologist under the microscope to make sure all the cancer is removed. If skin cancer remains, a second surgery is necessary to remove the residual cancer. A second surgery is required about 5% of the time. ...Read more

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When do you know they got "enough" during skin cancer surgery?

When do you know they got "enough" during skin cancer surgery?

Mohs surgery: The gold standard is mohs micrographic surgery a process by which the tissue can be examined immediately under the microscope to check all margins to ensure that all the skin cancer is removed. Fellowship trained mohs surgeon can be found thru the american college of mohs surgery (acms): http://www.Mohscollege.Org/acms/. ...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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Can skin cancer be as problematic as other cancers if not detected early enough? Live very near beach. Is skin cancer 99.8% curable with excision?

Can skin cancer be as problematic as other cancers if not detected early enough? Live very near beach. Is skin cancer 99.8% curable with excision?

Skin cancer types: Melanoma can be cured if detected and treated early; deadly if not. Basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers can also be cured, but if not treated early can be locally invasive. Best defenses are prevention ( avoid sun exposure) and regular skin examinations. ...Read more

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I was told I have a small ovarian cyst. I am 59 years old and had skin cancer excision in the public area two years ago. Should I be concerned?

I was told I have a small ovarian cyst. I am 59 years old and had skin cancer excision in the public area two years ago. Should I be concerned?

Little concern: If the skin cancer was not a malignant melanoma and was completely excised, this should be of no further concern. As for the ovarian cyst, your gynecologist is best qualified to evaluate, advise you, treat you and recommend the type of follow-up it requires. ...Read more

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Does having a tan help protect me against getting skin cancer (i.E., can the use of suntan lotion be reduced as i become more tan?)?

Tan: Tanning is equated with sun damage. The minimal " spf" afforded by a tan so to speak is not sufficient to protect one from the ultraviolet radiation that leads to skin cancers. Always use a broad spectrum sunscreen and reapply frequently. ...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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How can skin cancer be treated?

How can skin cancer be treated?

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. ...Read more

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How harmful is the skin cancer?

How harmful is the skin cancer?

Depends > what kind: Depends as to what kind --- 1. Basal cell carcinoma > most of the times less harmful 2. Squamous cell carcinoma > more harmful 3. Malignant melanoma > very very harmful. ...Read more

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What to do if I have skin cancer?

See a doc.: Most skin cancers are diagnosed by biopsy of the skin. If you are concerned that you have a skin malignancy, see a physician or other provider or go to a clinic. Treatment may include excision of the lesion and/or in some instances treatment with a topical solution / ointment. Do not neglect or ignore a skin cancer, as some can have serious health impacts. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of skin cancer?

What are the symptoms of skin cancer?

It depends: There are different types of skin cancers. For melanoma, it can present as mole or pigmented lesions that changes color, grows, ulcerates and bleeds. For squamous cell ca, early stage starts like tiny skin plaques with thick flicky skin that can grow ulcerate with heaved up margins. Basal cell ca may have different forms but check with you physcian if not sure. ...Read more

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Is skin cancer hereditary in any way?

Is skin cancer hereditary in any way?

Yes, but it varies: The most common factor causing skin cancers is sun exposure. There are some genetic disorders which make an individual more prone to developing a skin cancer. Different families and/or syndromes have different risks of cancer. If you have any skin lesions which are suspicious, be sure to have them checked out. If you have a strong family history, see your dermatologist early. Best wishes! ...Read more

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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


Dr. Travis Kidner
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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