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What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

What are risks of a non-melanoma skin cancer excision?

Depends on location: Surgical removal of skin cancers is effective and the risks are associated with the size and location. Bleeding, infection and poor cosmetic outcome are all risks. Delayed healing in areas of poor blood flow is also a risk. Other treatments such as radiation can be successful as well with similar results and better cosmetic outcomes. ...Read more

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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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Is seborrheic keratosis a malignant skin cancer tumor?

Is seborrheic keratosis a malignant skin cancer tumor?

No: Sk's are nonmalignant tumors, nor are they premalignant. They often grow on sun damaged skin, so they often show up in the same areas which are at risk for skin cancers. Sk's require no treatment. See a md for eval & diagnosis. ...Read more

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Are acrochordons a malignant tumor or skin cancer?

Are acrochordons a malignant tumor or skin cancer?

Neither: Acrochordons are a fancy name for skin tags, which are benign (not cancerous) growths that tend to occur as we age. They can often be found on the neck, armpits, and groin-- pretty much anywhere where the skin tends to rub. No one knows what causes them, but they are definitely not dangerous. Many things can look like skin tags though, so best to see your dermatologist to check them out. ...Read more

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Could cancer moles only mean skin cancer?

Could cancer moles only mean skin cancer?

Not sure: I'm really not sure how to answer your question. If you have been diagnosed by a pathologist with "cancer moles" that could mean that you have skin cancer, but most doctors do not use a term like "cancer mole". Doctors usually use more specific terms like "squamous cell carcinoma", "basal cell carcinoma", "melanoma", etc. If you could tell me exactly what the pathologist said, i could explain. ...Read more

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What is melanoma skin cancer?

Aggressive cancer: Melanoma develops from melanocytes cells of the lower layers in the skin. These cells produce pigments and the color of skin. When they form into cancer it can grow radially and deeply which can be dangerous as it can subsequently spread to other areas of the body. There are genetic predispositions as well as ultraviolet radiation exposure and sunburns are risk factors. ...Read more

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Could sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma?

Could sun-tanning cause skin cancer and melanoma?

Yes yes yes!!!: I will admit there are few things lovelier than a well tanned female body but in the end, a tan is a response to injury and ultimately not good for you. Sun exposure will increase the risk for skin cancers of all types, including the potentially deadly melanoma. It will also cause premature skin aging. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure (and tanning beds as well). Best to you. ...Read more

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How common is melanoma skin cancer?

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How common is melanoma skin cancer?

21 per 100k people: 21 per 100000 men and women per year. It is estimated 76, 690 new cases and 9480 deaths in 2013 due to melanoma. ...Read more

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Skin cancer does skin cancer only come from moles?

No: many sources: Although moles may develop into skin cancer, it can take on many other forms such as an ulcer, nodule, cyst, plaque, cutaneous horn, papule and other presentations. ...Read more

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How is skin cancer differentiated from other lesions?

How is skin cancer differentiated from other lesions?

Biopsy: All skin problems (benign or otherwise) are differentiated ultimately by their appearance under the microscope. Each skin cancer, rash, etc has a different appearance under the microscope. So...If you have a concerning lesion, it will probably need to be biopsied by your md. ...Read more

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Skin tag, cancer or ingrown hair?

Skin tag, cancer or ingrown hair?

Neither: Skin tag (medical term is acrochordon) is a small benign tumor that forms primarily in areas where the skin forms creases, such as the neck, armpit, and groin. They may also occur on the face, usually on the eyelids. Acrochorda are harmless and typically painless, and do not grow or change over time. ...Read more

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Skin cancer under hair, possible?

Skin cancer under hair, possible?

Sometimes: Skin cancers most often develop on areas of sun-exposed skin including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms, dorsum(top) of hands, and legs. However they can form in areas that are rarely sun-exposed such as the palms, fingernail/toenail beds, and even the genitals. Not all skin changes are due to skin cancer. A physician can check any skin changes that worry you and make suggestions. ...Read more

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What procedures treat nonmelanoma skin cancer?

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What procedures treat nonmelanoma skin cancer?

Depends: Depend on what type of cancer? Squamous cell, basal cell, skin lymphoma? Etc. Surgical resection if localized on the skin and if indicated. If it is already spreading to distant organ-then systemic therapy ( chemo or other biological agent) will be the option. In certain cancer on the skin -radiation therapy, uv therapy , topical chemotherapy , interferon etc-could be the treatment as well. ...Read more

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Link between skin cancer and moles/freckles?

Yes: Melanoma is a skin cancer starting from pigment producing cells called melanocytes. Moles which change color, have irregular borders, grow or bleed would be concerning features that mole has evolved into a melanoma. Best to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is skin cancer genetic?

Is skin cancer genetic?

Yes, some melanomas: There are genes for melanoma amd a family tendency to melanoma foramation so family members of patients with melanoma are urgerd to be crewed. There is also rare form of aggressive basal cell carcinoma that has a genetic marker. ...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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What does squamous cell skin cancer look like?

What does squamous cell skin cancer look like?

Different things...: Squamous cell skin cancer (scca) can take different appearances. In general the lesion will progressively enlarge. It is usually scaly and dry appearing and can have ulceration. It may bleed, esp. If picked at. It may be painless or itch. Early ones usually don't hurt. There are some benign skin lesions which mimic scca. Have any suspicious lesions examined and/or biopsied. ...Read more

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Symptoms of nodular skin cancers?

Several, listed...: Skin nodules with ulceration, pain, prominent blood vessels, pigmented sometime, and growth in size. Usually in sun exposed areas, but doesn't have to be. ...Read more

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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


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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more