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Biopsy on lip and leg yesterday with 10 spots frozen on face. What are the signs that these may be cancerous? (red hair, blue eyes, fair skin)

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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: ABCD's

Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma.
Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body.

In brief: ABCD's

Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma.
Look for moles with asymmetry boarders that are irregular color differences within the same mole diameter greater than 6mm also any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body.
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Dr. Stephen Berns
Pathology
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In brief: Wait for biopsy rprt

The microscopic features used to distinguish cancer from benign are numerous.
Generally, if you have a lesion that won't heal or looks particularly irregular, there is a risk that it could be skin cancer. However, a final diagnosis usually needs a microscopic evaluation (biopsy).

In brief: Wait for biopsy rprt

The microscopic features used to distinguish cancer from benign are numerous.
Generally, if you have a lesion that won't heal or looks particularly irregular, there is a risk that it could be skin cancer. However, a final diagnosis usually needs a microscopic evaluation (biopsy).
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
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In brief: Signs of Skin Cancer

Basal cell carcinoma may appear as: a pearly or waxy bump a flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion squamous cell carcinoma may appear as: a firm, red nodule a flat lesion with a scaly, crusted surface melanoma signs include: a large brownish spot with darker speckles a mole that changes in color, size or feel or that bleeds a small lesion with an irregular border.

In brief: Signs of Skin Cancer

Basal cell carcinoma may appear as: a pearly or waxy bump a flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion squamous cell carcinoma may appear as: a firm, red nodule a flat lesion with a scaly, crusted surface melanoma signs include: a large brownish spot with darker speckles a mole that changes in color, size or feel or that bleeds a small lesion with an irregular border.
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