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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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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