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Skin Cancer Lump
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can you tell me if I have noticed now they are a bit bigger and have dark brown tiny lumps with light brown around them, could this be skin cancer?
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