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How do I know if I might have skin cancer?|
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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology
3 doctors agree
In brief: See a dermatologist
The best way to diagnose a skin cancer is to see your dermatologist.
He or she will examine the spot and determine if a skin biopsy is necessary. Often times, a dermatologist can tell by looking at a spot if it is cancer or not. If you have a spot that bleeds, doesn't heal, or grows rapidly, it may be signs of skin cancer. Fortunately, most are easily treatable in the office.

In brief: See a dermatologist
The best way to diagnose a skin cancer is to see your dermatologist.
He or she will examine the spot and determine if a skin biopsy is necessary. Often times, a dermatologist can tell by looking at a spot if it is cancer or not. If you have a spot that bleeds, doesn't heal, or grows rapidly, it may be signs of skin cancer. Fortunately, most are easily treatable in the office.
Dr. Margaret Mann
Dr. Margaret Mann
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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Melanoma ABCD
Melanoma is the most feared skin cancer.
We screen with abcd's. A-asymmetry; b-irregular boders; c-varied color; d-diameter >6mm. Any lesion with any of these characteristics should be seen asap.

In brief: Melanoma ABCD
Melanoma is the most feared skin cancer.
We screen with abcd's. A-asymmetry; b-irregular boders; c-varied color; d-diameter >6mm. Any lesion with any of these characteristics should be seen asap.
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman
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Dr. Joseph Mele
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: See your skin doctor
A dermatologist can biopsy anything suspicious to get the diagnosis.
Short of that, even experienced skin doctors are wrong as much as 10% of the time.

In brief: See your skin doctor
A dermatologist can biopsy anything suspicious to get the diagnosis.
Short of that, even experienced skin doctors are wrong as much as 10% of the time.
Dr. Joseph Mele
Dr. Joseph Mele
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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine
In brief: Only with biopsy
Although only a biopsy can tell you if you have skin cancer, there are warning signs such as fast growth, irregular border, very dark, itching, bleeding, and new hair growing in it.
Sometimes none of these symptoms appear so you should always check with dermatologist.

In brief: Only with biopsy
Although only a biopsy can tell you if you have skin cancer, there are warning signs such as fast growth, irregular border, very dark, itching, bleeding, and new hair growing in it.
Sometimes none of these symptoms appear so you should always check with dermatologist.
Dr. Steven Charlap
Dr. Steven Charlap
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: See your derm
The best way is to have a complete skin examination by your friendly dermatologist.

In brief: See your derm
The best way is to have a complete skin examination by your friendly dermatologist.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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