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Dr. David Yan Dr. Yan
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Is melanoma the same as actinic keratosis?

Dr. David Yan Dr. Yan
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Is melanoma the same as actinic keratosis?

No.: An actinic keratosis is a premalignant lesion that may progress to develop into a squamous cell carcinoma. A melanoma is a malignant tumor involving the pigment cells (melanocytes) of the skin. ...Read more

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Dr. Emily Altman
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Solar Keratosis (Definition)

The term generally refers to small increased pigment spots on the skin or eyelids. Those with light skin or high sun exposure are usually at higher risk. Usually benign but any noted ...Read more


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Is ocular melanoma the same as skin melanoma?

Not really: Ocular melanoma starts in the back of the eye and is genetically and clinically different than the more common skin melanoma. Although they look fairly similar under the microscope, their typical clinical patterns are very different. ...Read more

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What is bowenoid actinic keratosis? Same as bowens disease?

What is bowenoid actinic keratosis? Same as bowens disease?

Bowen disease: Bowenoid actinic keratosis is in-situ squamous cell carcinoma arising in actinic keratosis. Yes, it is also known as bowen disease. This is the earliest form (stage) of squamous cell skin cancer. ...Read more

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What is dysplastic nevus as compared to melanoma?

What is dysplastic nevus as compared to melanoma?

You have asked...: ...One of the most controversial questions in dermatology. One faction believes that dysplastic nevi are precursors of melanomas, and should be excised before they become melanomas. Another faction believes dysplastic nevi are benign moles that never become melanomas. There is evidence to support both arguments. ...Read more

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Can basal cell cancer be the same color as skin?

Can basal cell cancer be the same color as skin?

Depends...: In contrast, melanomas are typically pigmented like a freckle or mole. Basal cells are usually not pigmented (but they can be). They do have a distinct apperance: typically pearly in appearance with prominent blood vessels and sometimes ulceration. If you notice any such lesions, have them checked out. ...Read more

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Is a becker's nevus the same thing as a clark's nevus?

Is a becker's nevus the same thing as a clark's nevus?

No: Clark's nevus is a type of atypical (dysplastic) nevus or mole. Many dermatologists feel these are benign, some experts think they're precursors to melanoma. Having many clark's nevi always increases the risk of melanoma. Becker's nevus is a benign (normal) nevus that occurs on the trunk, often in boys and men. They're often large and light brown. Sometimes hairs can grow from it (after puberty). ...Read more

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Is breast cancer the same as carcinoma?

Dr. Kris Gast Dr. Gast
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Is breast cancer the same as carcinoma?

Cancer=carcinoma: Carcinoma is the latin word for cancer. Many different cancers are carcinomas...Like breast, lung, colon, and prostate. ...Read more

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Is rosacea the same thing as acne?

Is rosacea the same thing as acne?

Yes but in adults: Rosacea is considered to be a variant of acne that is found in adults. It can look like teenage acne but it tends to affect areas of the cheeks nose and chin. Unlike traditional teen acnee it tends to be worsened by stress, heat and some foods and drinks. Treatment is usually very effective with topical or oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the difference in melanoma and invasive melanoma?

What is the difference in melanoma and invasive melanoma?

Spread of cancer: Melanoma in situ is the term used to describe when the skin cancer only involves the surface (epidermis) of the skin and has not spread to any other tissues in the body; there is a 99.9% five year survival rate. Invasive melanoma indicates that the cancer has spread below the surface into the dermis of the skin. Metastatic melanoma indicates spread of the cancer to other areas in the body. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get laser hair removal on skin that is effected by Nevus Depigmenosus?

Is it safe to get laser hair removal on skin that is effected by Nevus Depigmenosus?

Yes: Laser hair removal is safe and won't have an effect on a nevus - but you should discuss the management of your nevus with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What exactly is the treatments for melanoma skin cancer?

Information: Generally the treatment is surgery. If the disease has spread, still surgery is the treatment of choice if it can be done. Sometimes radiation can help with pain. Sometimes interferon can also help. There may be more drugs in the future. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate for nodular melanoma specifically? Can it be caught in situ? What causes it to begin as nodular as opposed to superficial?

What is the survival rate for nodular melanoma specifically?  Can it be caught in situ?  What causes it to begin as nodular as opposed to superficial?

Poor: The most aggressive type of melanoma is the Nodular melanoma. The most serious type of skin cancer is Melanoma or more often referred to as malignant melanoma. It became the most exceptional type of skin cancer form because it is likely to spread among the internal organs or lymph nodes in the body unlike other skin cancer types. ...Read more

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Is dandruff the same thing as psoriasis?

Is dandruff the same thing as psoriasis?

No: While both conditions can present with pink-red flaky skin, they are quite different diseases. Dandruff is a common benign skin condition thought to be caused by oil over-production and irritation from yeast. Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition that can run in families, and can affect more than just the skin (e.g. Joints/arthritis). ...Read more

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Does a completely removed potential precursor to malignant melanoma atypical nevus return in same place? Does it return as a malignant melanoma?

Does a completely removed potential precursor to malignant melanoma atypical nevus return in same place? Does it return as a malignant melanoma?

No: If it was removed completely, it will not return. This is why it's good to take margins. If it does recur at the site, it will probably still be a benign lesion, but keep an eye on it. The most important thing about a diagnosis of atypical nevus is that it warns you're likely to get a melanoma someplace else. Keep an eye on all your skin (partner, dermatologist) and quick removal will save you! ...Read more

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Is carcinoid tumor the same thing as cancer?

Is carcinoid tumor the same thing as cancer?

Carcinoid tumors: Are just one of the many different types of cancer that people can get. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the difference in malignant melanoma and metastatic melanoma?

Help please? What is the difference in malignant melanoma and metastatic melanoma?

Melanoma: Malignant means cancerous. It's redundant to say malignant melanoma, as all melanoma is cancerous (although the term is still used). Metastatic means that it has spread to lymph nodes or other organs of the body. ...Read more

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What are the signs that a mole is skin cancer?

What are the signs that a mole is skin cancer?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...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, with the cancerous (malignant) cells growing ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

A type of cancer that develops from pigment-containing ...Read more