Why should an elderlyperson be concerned about skin cancer?

Skin cancer can kill. Skin cancers can be deadly and/or disfiguring. If healthy enough to undergo treatment, i always recommend treating skin cancers, no matter how old someone is.

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Rapidly growing, even boardered, uniform colored brown spot on neck. Seeing derm in 3 weeks. Gp concerned about skin cancer. Low risk its melanoma? I'm 21

ABCDE of melanoma. Check out http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/abcds-of-melanoma-skin-cancer as quick reference to ABCDEs of skin cancer. You didn't mention size but it's change/growing thus evolving. While melanoma is rare in 21yo, I agree that evaluation is key. May need biopsy for absolute proof. Read more...

How much sun exposure would it take for someone to get skin cancer. I went sun tanning for the first time in a long time and I am a bit concerned?

Hard to say. There are different susceptibilities with differing skin types & genetic backgrounds. There is clear data suggesting more risk with sunburns before the age of 21 than in later life. At this point we just recommend people be realistic. Tanning booths are a cosmetic aid that feeds your perception of what looks good.Their risks are known. A yearly physical including skin exam is a worthwhile tradeoff. Read more...

My mom has found skin cancer spots and she has made her own "blood root remedity". She claims its working. Is this safe? I'm very concerned.

Need pathology. There are several kinds of skin cancers. First, before any treatment is instituted, one must get the proper diagnosis. Read more...
Won't work. If your mother truly has some sort of skin cancer (there are many) "blood root remedy" will not work for any of them. I can't speak to the safety of it. As stated by another doc, getting the proper diagnosis (will require biopsy) is the most important first step. For certain types of skin cancer in early stages, all that sometimes is required is removal of the growth during the biopsy. See doc. Read more...
Dermatology eval. Skin cancer can be serious and should not go without proper diagnosis and treatment. Your mother should see her dermatologist for evaluation. If the skin spots look suspicious your doctor will do a biopsy and discuss treatment options. It is possible the spots on your moms face are not skin cancer but she should have it checked to be sure. Please do not let her ignore it or self treat it. Read more...

I was told I have a small ovarian cyst. I am 59 years old and had skin cancer excision in the public area two years ago. Should I be concerned?

Little concern. If the skin cancer was not a malignant melanoma and was completely excised, this should be of no further concern. As for the ovarian cyst, your gynecologist is best qualified to evaluate, advise you, treat you and recommend the type of follow-up it requires. Read more...

My dr thought rash was ring worm, not sure, very itchy and is spreading. I' m concerned of skin cancer, would skin cancer spread fast like that?

A biopsy would tell. No, not usually. I would recommend that you go with the treatment that your doctor gave to you first, and if that isn't helpful within a couple of weeks, you should ask for a biopsy. This can be done easily, and most family doctors do this. Then you'll know for sure if it is a skin cancer. Read more...
It's ringworm. . Actually a fungal infection not a worm. Treat with an anti fungal tablet and cream and will likely be gone within the week. Read more...
Unlikely. However, skin cancer can occasionally spread very quickly. If the lesion is not improving with proper therapy, a biopsy is definitely recommended. Read more...
Not usually. If you are concerned about the diagnosis, the safest thing to do would be to seek a second opinion. Sometimes having fresh eyes look at the problem can be a great thing. Read more...
Biopsy . If you are concerned of the possibility of a skin cancer, a small skin biopsy can be done and the results are usually ready within a week and can easily tell the difference between skin cancer and different rashes. Consult a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment. Read more...

Hi I have a small, about 1x2mm abnormal looking mole on the palm of my hand. I am extremely scared it might be skin cancer. Should I be concerned?

Skin lesion. The size is very small as you described, what abnormality you see is not clear, if something there for yrs and have not been changing, it is most probably benign, if you see recent change in size, shape and color have it examined by a dermatologist. Read more...

Concerned about 1mm sore beside eyebrow that hasn't healed over a month. No change in size no scab. Looks like red dot. Can this be skin cancer?

Not likely. A 1mm lesion is likely benign and represents either a blood blister, hemangioma or focal inflammatory/vascular extravasation from bug bite. Is it raised? Does it itch? It is very unlikely that a pinpoint red 1mm macule is cancerous. If you are worried, a visit to the dermatologist will give you the reassurance you need. . Read more...