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How will i know what does an early cancer skin lesion look like?

How will i know what does an early cancer skin lesion look like?

Depends: Basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, melanomas and merkel cell carcinomas, to name a few of the more common skin cancers, can all look different. If you have a lesion you are concerned about see a doctor to have it checked. ...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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What does skin cancer look like?

What does skin cancer look like?

Varies: There are several different types of skin cancers. Squamous cell the skin begins as a small nodule and as it enlarges the center becomes necrotic and sloughs and the nodule turns into an ulcer. Basal cell patients present with a shiny, pearly nodule. Melanoma patients have an irregularly appearing pigmented lesion. ...Read more

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What does skin cancer look like?

What does skin cancer look like?

ABCD: Just remember the abc's. A- asymmetric or irregular b- bleeds c- color changes d- diameter or size enlargement. ...Read more

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What might skin cancer look like?

What might skin cancer look like?

Growing sore: Skin cancer often begins as a small bump that looks like a “pimple that doesn’t go away”. It gradually enlarges, and sometimes bleeds. The cancer may appear red, pearly, scaly, flesh-colored, or darker than the surrounding skin. If you have a growing spot that doesn't heal, you should see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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What does squeamish skin cancer look like?

What does squeamish skin cancer look like?

Crusty or ulcerated: I think you mean squamous cell carcinoma. It can vary in appearance from a red, occasionally bleeding patch of skin to a deep ulcer. Sometimes the skin can be thickened over a reddish base as well. Biopsy is the only way to know for sure. ...Read more

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Skin cancer look like wart, what is this?

Skin cancer look like wart, what is this?

There are a number: Of types of skin cancer. Please have this lesion evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Could skin cancer look like a birth mark?

Could skin cancer look like a birth mark?

Yes, but....: Most birth marks are not skin cancer. Signs to look out for are asymmetry, irregular borders, different colors within the area, and a birth mark that grows. If you have any concerns, please show your doctor. ...Read more

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What does squamous cell skin cancer look like?

What does squamous cell skin cancer look like?

Different things...: Squamous cell skin cancer (scca) can take different appearances. In general the lesion will progressively enlarge. It is usually scaly and dry appearing and can have ulceration. It may bleed, esp. If picked at. It may be painless or itch. Early ones usually don't hurt. There are some benign skin lesions which mimic scca. Have any suspicious lesions examined and/or biopsied. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can skin cancer look like a birth mark and be mistaken for one by tests?

Yes: A "birthmark" by it's name is a benign discoloration that is present from birth (or a very young age). Birthmarks can change in size, shape or color, but they keep their general appearance. If you are concerned about skin cancer, the area needs to be biopsied. A pathologist will look at the cells under a microscope and give you a diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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