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How To Diagnose Skin Cancer
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
Many options: Topical bleaching creams such as hydroquinone or kojic acid can help. Also retinol, retinoids, glycolic acid. To get better results you can consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist for treatments such as lasers, ipl (intense pulsed light), chemical acid peels, microdermabrasion, fractional resurfacing. Very important to practice sun protection to avoid getting worse or recurrence. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not usually.: There are several described inheritable genetic disorders that cause predisposition to skin cancers, but the vast majority of skin cancers arise spontaneously. Fair skin color and blonde or red hair are inherited and increase the risk of developing skin cancer, as do certain behaviors (sun tanning) which may be passed down thru a family. Geographic location will also affect sun exposure. ...Read more
Skin Tags: Skin Tags can usually be easily removed in the office with a sharp scissor after cleaning the area. They generally do not bleed significantly. If the skin tag is in a sensitive area (eyelid) or has a large base I will injection local anesthetic prior to removal. Your doctor should be able to help. It is a common request. ...Read more
It's complicated : Low levels of radiation can change the dna in normal cells that 10 to 30 years later can turn into cancer. With cancer higher doses of radiation kills the cells while normal cells recover. The probability of killing cancers is far higher than the probability that the normal cells become cancerous. The chance of getting radiation cancer is low and it takes a long time to happen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: There's no one answer nor any one amount of sun exposure that will cause cancer in everyone. It's wise to be sun-smart and wear sunscreen as well as protective clothing. Still, there are patients who get skin cancers without much history of sun exposure so these methods aren't 100%. ...Read more
Eczema and BCC: Eczema is an itchy scaling rash that goes together with dry skin. May be all over or in certain areas, but is usually symmetrical, i.e. Involves both sides of the body. Basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is usually a pearly translucent pink papule or plaque with raised borders, however superficial bcc can be a flat scaly-looking patch sometimes not easy to differentiate from a patch of eczema. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: It is impossible to say that one type of cancer is the "easiest" to cure. It is true that almost all thyroid cancers confined to the neck are cured with surgery possibly followed by radioactive iodine. In young people, many thyroid cancers that have metastasized to other parts of the body can also be cured. Unfortunately, there are some types like anaplastic that are almost never cured. ...Read more
Psoriasis treatments: There is no cure for psoriasis, it can only be treated. There are many treatments including: tars (creams and gels) (non-prescription) topical corticosteroid creams vitamin d3 analogues acetretin methotrexate biologics (i.E embrel). Most treatments are prescription only. ...Read more
Sun damage and Genes: 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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