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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

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

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Do you know if there are differnt kinds of dermatologists like that just deal with acne and rashes and moles but not skin cancer?

Do you know if there are differnt kinds of dermatologists like that just deal with acne and rashes and moles but not skin cancer?

No: The specialty will encounter all types of disorders of the skin. Dermatologists are all trained to examine biopsy and treat lesions. That said some specialize only in cancer surgery most notably MOHS surgery involving skin cancers with resection and closure of the wound. Not all dermatologists perform this surgery. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Get regular checks with your dermatologist
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Use SPF 30 sunblock
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Stay out of sun from 10am to 2pm
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How to I check my moles for skin cancer?

How to I check my moles for skin cancer?

Learn your ABCD's: Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. If you have a skin lesion which is growing, ulcerating, bleeding, or otherwise changing, get it seen as well for evaluation and possible biopsy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Skin cancer does skin cancer only come from moles?

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does skin cancer only come from moles?

Nope: There are several different kinds. Some may develop from existing moles while other will not. Remember to limit your exposure to uv radiation and see your friendly dermatologist for complete skin examinations. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
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Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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Does having a lot of moles give you a higher potential for skin cancer?

Does having a lot of moles give you a higher potential for skin cancer?

Dysplastic moles: Moles are proliferations of nevus cells. Most moles are benign. Some can transform into melanoma. Many believe that the transformation is gradual. Before turning into melanoma, moles are said to be 'atypical' or 'dysplastic'. When an individual has many atypical moles (as in dysplastic nevus syndrome), then the risk of having a melanoma is higher. ...Read more

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Link between skin cancer and moles/freckles?

Link between skin cancer and moles/freckles?

Yes: Melanoma is a skin cancer starting from pigment producing cells called melanocytes. Moles which change color, have irregular borders, grow or bleed would be concerning features that mole has evolved into a melanoma. Best to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Research ways to naturally increase your body's immune function:
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Almost seems like it can a regular mole, so what is the possibility of skin cancer?

Almost seems like it can a regular mole, so what is the possibility of skin cancer?

ABCD melanoma: When in doubt, ask your pmd to check on the mole for you to confirm. It will be suspicious if there is change in the size ( gets bigger), looks asymmetric, has different colors, irregular border and if you have symptoms like bleeding, itches etc. The image here gives you an example how the melanoma looks like. However sometimes, the abnormality is not that dramatic. Ask your doctor to check it. ...Read more

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Melanoma (Definition)

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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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more

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