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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?

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

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What does skin cancer look like? I have a growth that's been on my shoulder for several years now and it continue to grow and I have pictures if u ned

What does skin cancer look like? I have a growth that's been on my shoulder for several years now and it continue to grow and I have pictures if u ned

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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Look like a crator with hole with infectin in it is this skin cancer possible?

YES: ..But i certainly do not have near enough information to give you an assessment. See your doctor, and he/she may refer you to a dermatologist or surgeon. In the meantime, keep the area clean with basic soap and water, and avoid stringent chemicals, such as hydrogen peroxide. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does skin cancer of the nose look like?

Skin cancer: An average basal cell cancer can be pink and flat or crack and bleed. Best to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What are early symptoms of skin cancer?

What are early symptoms of skin cancer?

Depends: Early skin cancer or pre-cancerous lesions are usually detected by a lesion on the skin that doesn't improve over time. Some lesions can be scaly, ulcerated, or change in appearance to make a healthcare professional become suspicious that a skin cancer is present. Melanoma is a pigmented lesion that changes in size, has border irregularity, or has lymph node involvement. See your physician. ...Read more

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What can I do to detect skin cancer early?

What can I do to detect skin cancer early?

Examine all over: It is important for you to examine your entire body as skin cancer can occur anywhere, not only on areas exposed to the sun. You should be familiar with your birthmarks, blemishes, and moles so you know what they look like and can spot changes. As you examine your skin, look for changes in the size, color, shape, or texture. If you see anything concerning, see a dermatologist! ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of early skin cancer?

What are some symptoms of early skin cancer?

ABCD's for melanoma: Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameter >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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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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What early signs of skin cancer?

Classic is a sore : That does not heal for the squamous and basal types, and a new variegated colored mole that grows outwardly and upward. Bleeding from either tells you to hurry up and get it taken care of. ...Read more

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What are some early signs of skin cancer? I have random marks all over my skin from years back that never go away?

What are some early signs of skin cancer? I have random marks all over my skin from years back that never go away?

Skin cancer: Skin cancer signs may include a spot or bump that is changing size, color, or shape. Also an area that does not heal may represent a skin cancer . See a dermatologist for any suspicious areas and a routine skin exam. ...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)

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