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How do you know if you have skin cancer on your back and butt?

How do you know if you have skin cancer on your back and butt?

Biopsy: See a doctor so that if needed a biopsy may be taken to be examined by a pathologist for definitive diagnosis. ...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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How can you tell if you have skin cancer?

How can you tell if you have skin cancer?

Skin cancer: The only way to know is to have a dermatologist evaluate any suspicious lesion. A skin biopsy will confirm whether it is cancerous or not. ...Read more

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How would you determine if you have skin cancer?

How would you determine if you have skin cancer?

Skin cancer : Most skin cancers are the result of excessive sun exposure/tanning. Genetics play a strong role too. Any skin lesion that is changing size, color, shape or an area that does not heal is suspicious for skin cancer and should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What happens to the body when you have skin cancer?

What happens to the body when you have skin cancer?

Depends on type: There are several different types of skin cancers. Squamous and basal skin cancers tend to stay locally on the skin and grow larger over time. Melanoma has the ability to travel to distant places in the body and form new tumors. ...Read more

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What would you do to decide if you have skin cancer or not?

See Dermatologist: See dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. Let them examine and tell you > if you have a skin cancer. Sometimes they may take a biopsy before diagnosing. ...Read more

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What is skin cancer?

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?

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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How does skin cancer grow?

Local growth mostly: Mostly skin cancers (like all cancers) grow locally, spreading both side to side as well as down. For melanomas in particular, deep growth is more dangerous. Cancers also can jump (or metastasize) via lymphatic vessels or blood vessels. This can lead to spread to local lymph nodes or distant sites like the lungs, liver, brain, etc. ...Read more

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How do you get skin cancer?

How do you get skin cancer?

Sun damage: The most important risk factor is sun exposure, and the damage that comes from that . Other things can contribute including your genetics and family history. Wearing appropriate clothing and use of sunblock is the most important thing you can do to help skin cancer. ...Read more

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How does skin cancer begin?

How does skin cancer begin?

Sun damage: With rare exception, most skin cancers are caused by sun damage. Any new skin bump which is new, enlarging, and changing is concerning. The older you are, and the more sun exposure you have had, the higher the risk of skin cancer. Melanomas risk is remembered as abcd: asymmetry, irregular borders, irregular coloration, diameter >6mm. If in doubt, have it check out by your doctor. ...Read more

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How do you treat skin cancer?

Surgery: Skin cancers is usually treated by surgical excision. This allows you to assess that the margins are clear and will allow you to stage the tumor appropriately. Occasionally, in poor surgical candidates, non-surgical modalities may be employed. ...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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Can skin cancer be transmitted?

Can skin cancer be transmitted?

Not possible: Skin cancer is not contagious and can not be transmitted from one person to another. ...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