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Skin Cancer Signs
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
I have a natural mole. I remove it myself a couple times. Its back and lighter now. But gets bigger each time i peel it.Is this a skin cancer sign?
New or changes: Get to know your skin by self-exam at least once a month. Look for new lesions or changes in pre-existing ones (color, shape, size, itches or hurts or bleeds). Some skin cancers start out by looking like a pimple but a pimple will go away, a skin cancer won't. If a lesion continues to persist or get bigger over a period of a month or 2, you should get it looked at by a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Changing lesions: Lesions that are most concerning for cancer are non healing and frequently bleed or crust. Cancers such as basal cell cancers can have overlying vascularity called telangiectasias which are pathognomonic. Melanoma can be asymmetric, have irregular borders, pigment changes, be large in diameter and evolve or change over time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Enlarging skin bumps: They can take a variety of different appearances depending on what type of cancer. Melanoma is the most aggressive, see the pic i attached. Squamous cells are scaly and can ulcerate if large. Basal cells are "pearly" and also can ulcerate and bleed. If you have concern for an enlarging spot on your skin, have it looked at by your md or dermatologist for evaluation and possible biopsy (in office. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
ABCDE: Do monthly skin exam and look for the abcde of melanoma: look at moles or lesions for: asymetry: two halfs are not equal. Border: irregular border color: different colors in the same mole d: diameter: size 6 mm or larger (the size of the erasure end of a pencil). E: evolution: change over time: a mole that starts to itch or bleed or change in color or size... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
At your own risk: It is not wise to stay in the sun without wearing sunblock. If you already have signs of skin cancer or skin damage from the sun, it is even more important for you t stay out of the sun and to protect your skin with proper clothing, a hat, sunblock. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many different signs: Some of the main signs for skin cancer are a change in color, texture, shape, elevation, crusting or size of existing lesions. Any patch of skin that is different or changing away from the normal skin is suspect. If you have an irregular spot of skin, it is best to have it looked at by a professional. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Info: Examine all lesions for the abcde's of skin cancer: a(asymmetry) one half is not like the other half), b(border) irregular, poorly defined or scalloped border, c(color) multiple colors of tan, brown, dark black, red, white, or blue, d(diameter) greater than 6mm or a pencil eraser, e(evolving) changing in size, shape, or color, or bleeding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Melanoma iscancer of melanocytes. Melanocytesare cells that produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin. These cells predominantly occur in skin, but are also found in other parts of the body, including the bowel and the eye (see uveal melanoma). Melanoma can originate in any part of the ...Read more
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