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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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I have had a skin pigment on my leg for 2 years and had grown and got darker. Is it skin cancer or melanoma?

I have had a skin pigment on my leg for 2 years and had grown and got darker. Is it skin cancer or melanoma?

ABCDEs: 21 year old lady with pigmented skin lesion. I suggest you visit a dermatologist. Are you fair skinned? Family history of melanoma? These are risk factors. Physicians examine and look for asymmetry of the lesion, the borders, the color and diameter of the lesion. Suspicious lesions can be biopsied and pathologically examined under microscope. May just be a "sunspot" or pigmented macule/nevus. ...Read more

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I have flaky skin on my legs and nose. I have had skin cancer on my nose. How do I stop flaky skin.

I have flaky skin on my legs and nose. I have had skin cancer on my nose. How do I stop flaky skin.

Possible dry skin: Proper use of moisturizer should help. Seborrheic dermatitis can also cause flakes, specially on the face. A dermatologist can help. ...Read more

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Possible that I might get skin cancer on my arms and legs if already on my face?

Possible that I might get skin cancer on my arms and legs if already on my face?

Yes: If ou have fair skin and significant sun exposure you should have whole body screening including arms, legs, trunk, feet and scalp. Typically basl cell carcinomas are the most common, but if you have one or more kin cancers on your face you should have check up a minimum of once a year. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of skin cancer, was using a space heater close to the skin for two months, now i have a rash between my legs.Should i go E.R?

No: Everyone needs to be familiar with early recognition of melanoma. Beyond this, other skin cancers are bumps that are not energencies. Your space heater will not give you cancer. A new rash is not skin cancer. Get seen if there is no improvement over two weeks. If this rash developed when you started a new medication, contact the prescribing physician. ...Read more

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I had scc on face, bowens on leg & now diagnosis breast cancer (focal scc also), is there a link having skin cancer & breast cancer ?

I had scc on face, bowens on leg & now diagnosis breast cancer (focal scc also), is there a link having skin cancer & breast cancer ?

Probably not: No correlation between squamous cell cancer of the skin with breast cancer. Scc of the skin- including bowen's disease which is squamous carcinoma in situ of the skin- are related to uv exposures. Breast cancer with a focal scc- is suspicious for metaplastic carcinoma of the breast- a very rare type of breast cancer. There is a relation between metaplastic cancer with brca 1 mutation. ...Read more

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I have a very light blue/purple/gray spot on my leg. It is very small. I thought it was a bruise but it does not hurt. Could it be skin cancer?

I have a very light blue/purple/gray spot on my leg. It is very small. I thought it was a bruise but it does not hurt. Could it be skin cancer?

See your derm: While skin cancer in a 21 year old is rare, it does occur occasionally. Any new skin lesion or one that is changing should be brought to the attention of your dermatologist. And remember to protect your skin. 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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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


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a 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