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What happens during a skin cancer screening visit?

What happens during a skin cancer screening visit?

Full body exam: Docotor will examine face, neck, trunk and extremities lookin off any suspicious lesions. If necessary the dermatologist will also examine lymph nodes, inside of mouth. Suspicious lesions if any will be biopsied. A follow up examination will be scheduled depending on findings and skin cancer, and family history. ...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 happens during a skin cancer screening? Do they take biopsy tests?

What happens during a skin cancer screening? Do they take biopsy tests?

Exam +/- biopsy: First, your doctor will examine your skin primarily by looking at it. If any suspicious lesions are noted, he may recommend biopsy or treatment with liquid nitrogen. This is done in the office, and is not a big ordeal. ...Read more

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Does washing your hands 30 times during the day cause cancer? Also does leaning over your computer screen cause skin cancer?

Does washing your hands 30 times during the day cause cancer? Also does leaning over your computer screen cause skin cancer?

No to both: For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can photography or computer imaging be used for skin cancer screening?

Can photography or computer imaging be used for skin cancer screening?

Yes: There are several on-line services that will give you and estimate as to whether a picture of your skin lesion is malignant. ...Read more

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Should a full body skin cancer screening include examining buttocks and genitalia?

Should a full body skin cancer screening include examining buttocks and genitalia?

Yes absolutely: Yes absolutely, whole body including genitalia and buttocks.. Eyes should be checked for melanoma; the most aggressive cancer of skin cancers. Moles on skin surface characteristic cancer pattern; asymmetric; color change, growth in diameter. Be sure to wear sunblock even if cloudy during day and especially when sun UV light strongest between 10:00AM and 2:00PM ...Read more

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For a skin cancer screening by dermatologist do i have to get naked or no? My genitals dont recieve sunlight so i dont see why i would

Skin Cancers: While sun exposure is the most important risk factor for skin cancer, many potentially lethal skin cancers develop in protected sites like the soles of the feet, scalp and genital areas. It's important to be thoroughly examined, but this can be done with respect and dignity. ...Read more

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Had new derm perform a thorough skin cancer screening. He didn't use a dermoscope but a magnifier with light. Is this tool equally appropriate? Normal results using it.

Skin: if a Dermatologist told you that you are skin cancer free then he is correct, he would have used the dermascope if he felt that there was an area of concern. So relax and enjoy life. ...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. Warren Foster
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more