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Physical Symptoms Of Skin Cancer
It depends: There are different types of skin cancers. For melanoma, it can present as mole or pigmented lesions that changes color, grows, ulcerates and bleeds. For squamous cell ca, early stage starts like tiny skin plaques with thick flicky skin that can grow ulcerate with heaved up margins. Basal cell ca may have different forms but check with you physcian if not sure. ...Read more
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
Depends: Early skin cancer or pre-cancerous lesions are usually detected by a lesion on the skin that doesn't improve over time. Some lesions can be scaly, ulcerated, or change in appearance to make a healthcare professional become suspicious that a skin cancer is present. Melanoma is a pigmented lesion that changes in size, has border irregularity, or has lymph node involvement. See your physician. ...Read more
Enlarging lumps: Skin cancers usually are relatively asymptomatic until they get large. They are more common in sun exposed/damaged areas. Look for lesions on your skin which are progressively enlarging and/or changing. Skin cancers can sometimes, itch, bleed, ulcerate or cause pain. If in doubt, have a md look at the areas in question. ...Read more
Skin cancer: Skin cancer signs may include a spot or bump that is changing size, color, or shape. Also an area that does not heal may represent a skin cancer. A skin cancer may or may not itch, bleed, or become tender. See a dermatologist for any suspicious areas and a routine skin exam ...Read more
It depends...: Skin cancer comes in more than one forms. There is melanoma, which is a cancer of the pigment cells of the skin and non-melanoma skin cancers, include basal cell (most common cancer) and squamous cell skin cancer. Skin cancer presents as a small skin nodule or a changing mole (mixtures of colors (brown, pink and back). Anything suspicious and growing requires a medical exam and a biopsy for diagnosi. ...Read more
Does it persist?: Sunburn has been shown to increase the risk of developing skin cancer many years later. Sunburn does not cause immediate cancer. Severe sunburn my require treatment by a physician or specialist. Was there was a skin lesion before the sunburn, or has it changed? Or if your skin does not heal or there is a persistent lesion, have it examined. ...Read more
Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with
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
I have a bruise like blotch that seems to be under my skin, it appeared over night on the top of my breast, what are the symptoms of skin cancer etc?
Probably not cancer:
Skin cancer is rare in someone 23 years old. I wouldn't worry about it.
The symptoms of skin cancer are change in or development of a mole or skin nodule that is raised or flat, asymmetric, discolored, and that grows in size.
Your symptoms should go away on their own within a few days. ...Read more
ABCD's for melanoma: Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameter >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy. Best wishes. ...Read more
Often none: Changes in size, color, irritability, ulceration (non-healing site), shape change are often associated with skin cancer change. Often no symptoms noted, just the changes of appearance. Should seek exam by md if you have such spots or changes. Many times can be intercepted before it becomes fully a cancer (dysplasia). Often in long-term sun exposed areas and history in family. ...Read more
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
Possible with extent: If the disease has metastasized, it is certainly possible to have systemic symptoms effecting brain, lungs, kidney, liver and more. ...Read more
Could you tell me if someone had skin cancer, would they experience symptoms aside from changes to the skin?
Is there a blood lab test to reveal skin cancer, or only examination by the dermatologist would help? And are there systemic symptoms for skin cancer?
Will visit derm soon but scaly small bump on ear lobe for years. I remove it, it comes back. Same size, no other symptoms. Could this be skin cancer?
Bump on ear: Your dermatologist will. E able to examine you and if the lesion appears cancerous, it can be sent for biopsy ...Read more
What percent of light skinned red heads get skin cancer, compared to the average u.S. Population?
Red heads: Red hair is one of the risk factors that is a increased risk of melanoma over black or brown hair. Such risk factors are related to the genetics that red headed people are more likely to be fair skinned and their skin burns more easily than others. People with such risk factors (also many moles, northern europe decent (e.g. Fair skin), blue eyes, family history of melanoma) means that they should. ...Read more
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
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
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
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