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What does a skin cancer lump/bump look like?

What does a skin cancer lump/bump look like?

See an expert: For skin cancer diagnosis. Just looking at a lesion can let many experienced dermatologists or plastic surgeons make a "probable" diagnosis, but biopsy and microscopic verification is needed to be sure. Not only that, but complete removal is determined by microscopically checking the edges, and then expert reconstruction or skin closure in layers by a plastic surgeon will leave the least scarring. ...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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My gp has organised the removal of possible skin cancer lump, not a biopsy, what should I do?

My gp has organised the removal of possible skin cancer lump, not a biopsy, what should I do?

Send for pathology: As long as he sends the tissue for pathology you are okay. He might just be using different terminology. Raise your concerns with him prior to the procedure. ...Read more

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How would a doctor distinguish between a harmless papule and a skin cancer lump? Doc has just having my lunp removed without testing it

How would a doctor distinguish between a harmless papule and a skin cancer lump? Doc has just having my lunp removed without testing it

Removal is the test: The procedure he is doing is called an excisional biopsy. Sometime lesions can be cancerous on only one part, so biopsying just a part of the lesion can miss the cancer. If he is worried enough to remove it, you want the whole thing removed, as long as the procedure is not disfiguring. If the lesion is on your face, it may be worth a second opinion from a dermatologist before removing it. ...Read more

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My path results came back from a lump i had removed saying i had basal cell carcinoma, does this mean I have skin cancer or just the lump is cancerous?

My path results came back from a lump i had removed saying i had basal cell carcinoma, does this mean I have skin cancer or just the lump is cancerous?

See a dermatologist: The best treatment for a biopsy proven basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is to have it surgically removed. However, bccs come in various subtypes from mild to more aggressive, and it it important to choose the best treatment. For areas on the head and neck , and cosmetically sensitive areas see an acms fellowship trained mohs surgeon. Visit http://www.Skincancermohssurgery.Org/ for more information. ...Read more

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Is a lump that moves under skin, cancer?

Is a lump that moves under skin, cancer?

Not always: There are several types of soft tissue masses. Best to get it evaluated by your physician. Most are easily treatable if caught in early stages. ...Read more

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How do you know if a small lump is skin cancer?

How do you know if a small lump is skin cancer?

Have it looked at..: by a dermatologist or family practice doctor who look at a lot of skin lesions and can take a biopsy if necessary to confirm the presence of a cancer if that is the suspicion. ...Read more

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Could a black painful lump on the back be skin cancer?

Could a black painful lump on the back be skin cancer?

Need evaluation: All skin lesions need to be evaluated by trained eye , some one at your age ( 17 ) probably not serious , is true , only after seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is a shiny lump on my face a sign of skin cancer?

Is a shiny lump on my face a sign of skin cancer?

Could be: 34 is young for a skin cancer but if you are very fair-complected and have spent a lot of time in the sun or a tanning bed, it is possible. Basal cell skin cancers have a shiny, translucent appearance like a drop of pink wax on the skin. To be safe, show it to your doctor and he or she can advise you before it gets bigger. ...Read more

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What is the lump in my armpit? Can this be an early sign of skin cancer?

What is the lump in my armpit? Can this be an early sign of skin cancer?

Armpit Lump: A lump in the armpit could be an enlarged lymph node due to a skin cancer in the upper extremity or trunk. It could also be caused by a cancer in the breast. I recommend that you see your primary care physician to have this lump checked out. ...Read more

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Im 28 and have a 1-2 CM movable lump on the edge of my right rib just under the skin not attached to the skin. Cancer? And its very soft

Im 28 and have a 1-2 CM movable lump on the edge of my right rib just under the skin not attached to the skin. Cancer? And its very soft

Doesn't sound bad: It sounds like it's either a cyst (benign) or a lipoma, which is a benign fatty growth which can be soft to the touch. Both are non-worrisome . However with this said i would see a dermatologist to make sure a biopsy is not needed. ...Read more

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I have an appointment made by my gp to see a skin cancer specialist, to remove a lump, and see him in a month. Should i be removing it sooner ?

I have an appointment made by my gp to see a skin cancer specialist, to remove a lump, and see him in a month. Should i be removing it sooner ?

Depends: For an isolated, small, non-aggressive skin cancer, 1 month is usually not an unreasonable amount of time to wait. If this is a dark spot with a melanoma diagnosis, if the lesion appears to be spreading fast, or if it is getting infected (red with or without drainage), you should seek medical attention from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon sooner. ...Read more

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My mom has a lump on both breast could it be skin cancer or deformality ?

My mom has a lump on both breast could it be skin cancer or deformality ?

Need to see her MD: Any breast solid lump at your mothers age must have biopsy after examination by her doctor and investigative tests like mammography, sono, some times MRI , . ...Read more

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Is it possible to get skin cancer on the breast and have it become a lump in your breast?

Is it possible to get skin cancer on the breast and have it become a lump in your breast?

Yes, but: A skin cancer on the breast left to grow might invade down into the breast and become a breast lump, but the usual skin cancers appear on the surface and can be removed well before they make a significant deep mass. ...Read more

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I have a zit sized lump under my skin on my shoulder. Can't see anything you can just feel it. What is it? Skin cancer?

I have a zit sized lump under my skin on my shoulder. Can't see anything you can just feel it. What is it? Skin cancer?

Lesion: It is considered a skin lesion until it is seen and officially diagnosed. Skin cancer would be unlikely on a differential diagnosis list. A cystic lesion would be more likely. Have the Dr. officially diagnose you with an exam. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My doctor is sending me to a specialist regarding a lump under my armpit that may be skin cancer. How fast can it spread if it is not removed soon?

My doctor is sending me to a specialist regarding a lump under my armpit that may be skin cancer. How fast can it spread if it is not removed soon?

Depend on what it is: First thing first. The answer will depend on what the lump really is? See the specialist and have a biopsy done & other work-up then discuss result with your doctor. A lump under the arm pit can be caused by many things- infection, inflammation, cancer both solid and blood calncer etc. So first to see if this is cancer, if it is, then what cancer? Breast vs skin ?Etc, then what stage? Etc. Etc, . ...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