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What is skin cancer?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Neeraja Mattay
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Abnormal cells

Skin cancer has become a concerning condition which affects approximately one in every five people today.
There are several types of skin cancer, each of which is the result of abnormal cellular activity. Common forms of skin cancer are basal and squamous cell carcinomas and melanoma. Early treatment is ideal for optimal prognosis. Learn more about skin cancer at http://dermdocs.com/.

In brief: Abnormal cells

Skin cancer has become a concerning condition which affects approximately one in every five people today.
There are several types of skin cancer, each of which is the result of abnormal cellular activity. Common forms of skin cancer are basal and squamous cell carcinomas and melanoma. Early treatment is ideal for optimal prognosis. Learn more about skin cancer at http://dermdocs.com/.
Dr. Neeraja Mattay
Dr. Neeraja Mattay
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cancer of skin cells

Skin cancer is cancer that occurs in the various types of cells that make up the skin.
For example, squamous cancer is cancer that occurs in the surface cells/squamous cells while melanoma is cancer in the melanocytes or pigment cells responsible for our skin color. Basal cell carcinoma is cancer in the cells of the basal layer. These are the major types but they're many others. Best of luck.

In brief: Cancer of skin cells

Skin cancer is cancer that occurs in the various types of cells that make up the skin.
For example, squamous cancer is cancer that occurs in the surface cells/squamous cells while melanoma is cancer in the melanocytes or pigment cells responsible for our skin color. Basal cell carcinoma is cancer in the cells of the basal layer. These are the major types but they're many others. Best of luck.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Fawn Winkelman
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Info

Examine all lesions for the abcde's of skin cancer: a(asymmetry) one half is not like the other half), b(border) irregular, poorly defined or scalloped border, c(color) multiple colors of tan, brown, dark black, red, white, or blue, d(diameter) greater than 6mm or a pencil eraser, e(evolving) changing in size, shape, or color, or bleeding.

In brief: Info

Examine all lesions for the abcde's of skin cancer: a(asymmetry) one half is not like the other half), b(border) irregular, poorly defined or scalloped border, c(color) multiple colors of tan, brown, dark black, red, white, or blue, d(diameter) greater than 6mm or a pencil eraser, e(evolving) changing in size, shape, or color, or bleeding.
Dr. Fawn Winkelman
Dr. Fawn Winkelman
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Dr. Sewa Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Lets be more specifi

That is a big and wide open question.
The simple answer is that it is a cancer arising from your skin. Commonly skin cancer can be one of 3 types: basal cell carcinoma squamous cell carcinoma melanoma. If you have any concern that you may have any of the above, you should get a medical examination done to confirm it.

In brief: Lets be more specifi

That is a big and wide open question.
The simple answer is that it is a cancer arising from your skin. Commonly skin cancer can be one of 3 types: basal cell carcinoma squamous cell carcinoma melanoma. If you have any concern that you may have any of the above, you should get a medical examination done to confirm it.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Dr. Sewa Legha
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Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: A serious condition

When the skin undergoes abnormal growth, most types do to sun or uv light exposure.
You need to have this evaluated even if it appears non significant.

In brief: A serious condition

When the skin undergoes abnormal growth, most types do to sun or uv light exposure.
You need to have this evaluated even if it appears non significant.
Dr. Alan Jackson
Dr. Alan Jackson
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