What age does skin cancer typically occur - Doctor answers

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Can skin cancer come and then fade away? Then return again when in the sun. Or is this an age spot?

Can skin cancer come and then fade away? Then return again when in the sun. Or is this an age spot?

Yes it can: Melanoma/moles can regress spontaneously and recur. So be sure to consult a dermatologist and get proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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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Can you protect your skin from skin cancer, following 10 years of intermittent sun bed use, from the age of 14? I thoroughly regret using them now.

Can you protect your skin from skin cancer, following 10 years of intermittent sun bed use, from the age of 14? I thoroughly regret using them now.

Start now: Your use of a sun bed has increased your risk of developing skin cancers. I would recommend that you undergo a complete skin cancer screening by a dermatologist at least once or twice a year.

Never use a sun bed again. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and try to cover up as much as possible when outdoors for prolonged periods of time. ...Read more

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Could it be that I have skin cancer at age 15?

Could it be that I have skin cancer at age 15?

A possibility: It is unlikely for a 15 yo to get the most common types of skin cancer, namely squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma. However, the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma, can certainly occur in a 15 yo or even in younger patients.
Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults aged 25-29 ; the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults aged 15-29. ...Read more

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At what age can you get a skin cancer check and what is involved in getting one?

At what age can you get a skin cancer check and what is involved in getting one?

Skin check: There is no age limit when getting a skin check. A. Dermatologist will inspect the skin visually sometimes with the aid of a magnifier looking from the top of the head to the bottom of the feet. Get checked if there is a family history of skin cancer or suspicious area present. ...Read more

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With head skin cancer at age 89, should it be ignored? Will somebody die before the skin cancer grows?

With head skin cancer at age 89, should it be ignored? Will somebody die before the skin cancer grows?

Type of cancer?: 3 common types: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma. No one would recommend ignoring melanoma. Squamous cell can spread to lymph nodes and beyond so should not be ignored unless the 89 year old is very ill and unable to be treated. Ignoring a basal cell in an 89 year old is not out of the question but if it becomes larger, painful and bleeding in 2 years, would we wish we had removed it at 89? ...Read more

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Without going to a dermatologist, are there any ways to tell an age spot from skin cancer?

Without going to a dermatologist, are there any ways to tell an age spot from skin cancer?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with
asymmetry
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

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How likely is it for a 72 year old male survivor of melanoma skin cancer to die before age 80?

Depends: Stages at diagnosis are important. Without knowing your stage of melanoma, it is difficult to discuss prognosis. For example, stage iii has a 5 year survival of 50 to 60%. Stage iiia: 5 year survival is 75-80%. Stage iiib: 5 year survival is 50-60%. Stage iiic: 5 year survival is 40-45%. For stage iv, 5 year survival is 16%. ...Read more

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How probable is it for an 72 year old male survivor of melanoma skin cancer to die before age 80?

How probable is it for an 72 year old male survivor of melanoma skin cancer to die before age 80?

Age doesn't matter: Depth does... Your surgeon or dermatologist can tell you how deep the melanoma was...The deeper the more dangerous. The prognosis for a melanoma depends on how deep the tumor grew before removal and if it spread anywhere... Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is skin with many moles has more tendency to get skin cancer when exposed to sun? At what age (how soon)? How can I tan without being harmed?

Is skin with many moles has more tendency to get skin cancer when exposed to sun? At what age (how soon)? How can I tan without being harmed?

Skin: Yes skin with many moles is statistically more likely to develop skin cancer (melanoma). Tanning increases the risk. There is no such thing as a safe tan. One should reduce sun exposure and use sun protection. See a dermatologist once yearly to have a skin exam. ...Read more

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I just found out that I may have skin cancer. What happens if I don't get it treated?

I just found out that I may have skin cancer. What happens if I don't get it treated?

Depend on the cell: Depends on what type of skin cancer, basal cell cancer takes years years to erode through, melanoma spreads rapidly if untreated, basal cell spreads slowly (less rapid)treatment is simple prognosis is excellent in localized stage see your doctor with out delay. ...Read more

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What is the cure for skin cancer when removal doesn't work?

What is the cure for skin cancer when removal doesn't work?

Options: Further excision to obtain negative margins is always an option. Radiation can be effective for hard to cure skin cancers. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can someone who doesn't spend a lot of time outside get melanoma skin cancer?

Can someone who doesn't spend a lot of time outside get melanoma skin cancer?

Yes: Sun exposure increases your risk but anyone of any race can get melanoma. Bob Marley died of melanoma in his 30's. : ( ...Read more

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For what reasons don't people who live in hot countries all get skin cancer?

For what reasons don't people who live in hot countries all get skin cancer?

Skin cancer: Individuals with more pigment (melanin) have more natural protection against the damaging rays of the sun. This is not to say that more deeply pigmented individuals do not get skin cancer because skin cancer may be found in all skin types and ethnicities. ...Read more

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What to do if I have problem with my skin, but it isn't cancer, are there different types of skin cancer?

What to do if I have problem with my skin, but it isn't cancer, are there different types of skin cancer?

Yes: The three main types of skin cancer are squamous cell, basal cell, and melanoma. Treatment options overlap but aren't the same for each type and stage of cancer. As you said, there are also a number of skin conditions that aren't cancer. ...Read more

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Is basal cell skin cancer dangerous? I’ve heard it doesn’t spread, so do I need to worry about getting it?

Is basal cell skin cancer dangerous? I’ve heard it doesn’t spread, so do I need to worry about getting it?

See below: Basal cell cancer almost never metastasizes, but untreated, will continue to grow. It is easily treated at an early stage, but if its growth involves vital structures, treatment can be disfiguring. In extreme cases, it can cause death. The moral of the story: as cancers go, it is not bad, but as for all cancers, it should be treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Does skin cancer itch?

It can: Certain skin cancers, basal cell can instill an inflammatory respond in the surrounding skin which can "itch." best to see a doctor if you have a questions. ...Read more

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How does skin cancer grow?

Local growth mostly: Mostly skin cancers (like all cancers) grow locally, spreading both side to side as well as down. For melanomas in particular, deep growth is more dangerous. Cancers also can jump (or metastasize) via lymphatic vessels or blood vessels. This can lead to spread to local lymph nodes or distant sites like the lungs, liver, brain, etc. ...Read more

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How do you get skin cancer?

How do you get skin cancer?

Sun damage: The most important risk factor is sun exposure, and the damage that comes from that. Other things can contribute including your genetics and family history. Wearing appropriate clothing and use of sunblock is the most important thing you can do to help skin cancer. ...Read more

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How does skin cancer begin?

How does skin cancer begin?

Sun damage: With rare exception, most skin cancers are caused by sun damage. Any new skin bump which is new, enlarging, and changing is concerning. The older you are, and the more sun exposure you have had, the higher the risk of skin cancer. Melanomas risk is remembered as abcd: asymmetry, irregular borders, irregular coloration, diameter >6mm. If in doubt, have it check out 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