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Can photography or computer imaging be used for skin cancer screening?

Can photography or computer imaging be used for skin cancer screening?

Yes: There are several on-line services that will give you and estimate as to whether a picture of your skin lesion is malignant. ...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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Should a full body skin cancer screening include examining buttocks and genitalia?

Should a full body skin cancer screening include examining buttocks and genitalia?

Yes absolutely: Yes absolutely, whole body including genitalia and buttocks.. Eyes should be checked for melanoma; the most aggressive cancer of skin cancers. Moles on skin surface characteristic cancer pattern; asymmetric; color change, growth in diameter. Be sure to wear sunblock even if cloudy during day and especially when sun UV light strongest between 10:00AM and 2:00PM ...Read more

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What happens during a skin cancer screening visit?

What happens during a skin cancer screening visit?

Full body exam: Docotor will examine face, neck, trunk and extremities lookin off any suspicious lesions. If necessary the dermatologist will also examine lymph nodes, inside of mouth. Suspicious lesions if any will be biopsied. A follow up examination will be scheduled depending on findings and skin cancer, and family history. ...Read more

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What happens during a skin cancer screening? Do they take biopsy tests?

What happens during a skin cancer screening? Do they take biopsy tests?

Exam +/- biopsy: First, your doctor will examine your skin primarily by looking at it. If any suspicious lesions are noted, he may recommend biopsy or treatment with liquid nitrogen. This is done in the office, and is not a big ordeal. ...Read more

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Had new derm perform a thorough skin cancer screening. He didn't use a dermoscope but a magnifier with light. Is this tool equally appropriate? Normal results using it.

Had new derm perform a thorough skin cancer screening. He didn't use a dermoscope but a magnifier with light. Is this tool equally appropriate? Normal results using it.

Skin: if a Dermatologist told you that you are skin cancer free then he is correct, he would have used the dermascope if he felt that there was an area of concern. So relax and enjoy life. ...Read more

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For a skin cancer screening by dermatologist do i have to get naked or no? My genitals dont recieve sunlight so i dont see why i would

Skin Cancers: While sun exposure is the most important risk factor for skin cancer, many potentially lethal skin cancers develop in protected sites like the soles of the feet, scalp and genital areas. It's important to be thoroughly examined, but this can be done with respect and dignity. ...Read more

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I have a skin cancer screening tomorrow with a dermatologist. What are some things i can ask the doctor about to ensure we optimize our time together?

I have a skin cancer screening tomorrow with a dermatologist. What are some things i can ask the doctor about to ensure we optimize our time together?

Items to discuss: 1) make sure the doctor gets you fully undressed to look everywhere 2) discuss especially all lesions you are concerned about 3) discuss the 3 types of skin cancer 4) discuss sun protection. ...Read more

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What is a solar lentigines? New, flat, VERY light tan spot on cheek bone. At skin cancer screening, Dr said not keratosis. Said keep an eye on it.

What is a  solar lentigines? New, flat, VERY light tan spot on cheek bone.  At skin cancer screening, Dr said not keratosis.  Said keep an eye on it.

Sun Damage: Lentigines are due to localised proliferation of melanocytes. The most common type, solar lentigines, arise in middle age and also result from sun damage (age spots). They are most often found on the face and hands, and are larger and more defined than freckles. Lentigines tend to persist for long periods and don't disappear in the winter (though they may fade). ...Read more

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Does washing your hands 30 times during the day cause cancer? Also does leaning over your computer screen cause skin cancer?

Does washing your hands 30 times during the day cause cancer? Also does leaning over your computer screen cause skin cancer?

No to both: For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...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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Could any1 in the skin cancer sector take a look at my pictures in my health records and tell me what u think?

Could any1 in the skin cancer sector  take a look at my pictures in my  health records and tell me what u think?

On-line advice: Your concerns really need to be addressed with a face to face visit with a local physician. No prudent doctor would give you advice on-line based on photos alone. But if you have a lesion that bleeds, changes color, grows rapidly, or cycles through healing and breakdown repeatedly, you should see a doctor for further management. ...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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The sun causes skin cancer but is vital for optimal skin health. How do you balance sun exposure then? How much is good?

The sun causes skin cancer but is vital for optimal skin health. How do you balance sun exposure then? How much is good?

I wear sunscreen: all the time even on cloudy days as UV still gets through. I take 2000mg Vitamin D every day. I would check your Vitamin D level and get on supplements. Even a little sun can cause skin cancer especially if you are susceptible or have family history ...Read more

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What body system does skin cancer effect?

What body system does skin cancer effect?

Skin and others: Skin cancer came from skin cells. Some of the most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, lymphoma involving the skin... However, by nature, cancer, including skin cancer can travel to any other organs in the body such as brain, lungs, liver, bone, lymph nodes, other part of the skin, ect...This is more common with meolanoma and rare with basal or squamous. ...Read more

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How can skin cancer affect the whole body?

How can skin cancer affect the whole body?

Usually doesn't: However sometimes skin cancers can metastasize and spread to distant parts of the body. Also, the same sun damage which caused one skin cancer, has made other parts of the skin vulnerable to cancer as well. ...Read more

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How long can a person live with unchecked skin cancer?

Skin cancer: A skin cancer may grow slowly without spreading quickly or it can develop more rapidly and have the likelihood of spreading to other organs if it is not treated quickly enough. A dermatologist can evaluate for skin cancer and treat as soon as possible to avoid complications. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...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