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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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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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Can you tell me how common skin cancer is?

Can you tell me how common skin cancer is?

Most common cancer: More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, will account for more than 76, 600 cases of skin cancer in 2013. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my symptoms are a type of skin cancer?

How can I tell if my symptoms are a type of skin cancer?

Dr exam or biopsy: There are many types of skin cancer and many different symptoms. If you have a skin lesion (mole, rash, bump, etc) that is changing, bleeding, ulcerated, growing or is otherwise bothersome, the best thing to do is to have it examined by a physician, and ultimately examined by a dermatopathologist, a doctor who specializes in diseases of the skin. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if skin cancer common is in america?

Can someone tell me if skin cancer common is in america?

Yes: According to the cdc - centers for disease control and prevention, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to develop skin cancer?

Depends on type: Melanoma can occur at young age basal cell (most common) years squamous cell second most common more aggressive and also a pretty long duration. ...Read more

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Could you tell me how much exposure to the sun causes skin cancer?

Sun : Any intense exposure in the form of sunburns as a child, tanning booth/bed usage , and /or chronic increased sun exposure as an adult can all contribute to a greater incidence of skin cancer. ...Read more

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My friend thinks she can tan all she wants and not get skin cancer. What do I tell her?

My friend thinks she can tan all she wants and not get skin cancer. What do I tell her?

Tans & skin cancer: Excessive sun exposure is certainly a major contributor to developing skin cancer. However, if your friend is from a pigmented race (such as asian, filipino, indian, etc), their inherent genes allow them to tolerate a lot more sun exposure than the red haired irishman. Family history also provides insight into your risks for developing skin cancer. Its really her body so difficult to tell her. ...Read more

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In what way can you tell if something is skin cancer. I mean, what should you watch out for?

In what way can you tell if something is skin cancer. I mean, what should you watch out for?

Skin cancer: Clinically, a small skin cancer starts as a small non healing patch or growth. Others start as as a changing or new mole that is typically but not always asymmetrical, irregular bordered , different colors, size larger than a pencil head eraser or that itches bleeds. See a dermatologist for a skin exam yearly or whenever a suspicious area develops. ...Read more

Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common 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 & ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a 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