Sounds like. An incomplete exam ask.
Check. It is important to have a good rapport and speak your mind when interacting with your doctor. Let them know you have learned that skin cancer may be found on the genitals and that you want to be safe, perhaps you have noticed an area of concern, either way let them know, it's important. The entire body including the scalp, mouth, nails, hands and feet should be examined thoroughly.
Can I get skin cancer even if I never go out in the sun? Should I get a check up at dermatologist just incase?
You should. Always get a full body skin exam by a dermatologist at least once a year. It is important to have regular check ups with any doctor so that you can stay happy and healthy.
Dermatologist. Have a dermatologist evaluate the lesion for signs of malignancy or possible biopsy.
Yes. Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer can be hereditary (inherited through your genes).
Red oval spot on my soulder, 1" at its widest, 3/4" smallest. I've seen a dermatologist about it, and he said that it wasn't skin cancer. Opinion?
F/u with derm. Nothing can substitute clinical examination. We can not say much without examining you. From the very limited description given - it does not sound like skin cancer. My suggestion is to f/u with your dermatologist.
Depends. It depends on the color, the texture, the type of borders. Indeterminate skin lesions need to have a biopsy to determine exactly what they are if there is any question. Many innocent looking skin lesions can be observed on a regular interval without biopsy as long as they are not growing. Take a digital picture with a ruler next to it, and save it. Repeat every 6 months to assess its growth.
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.
My optometrist said he thinks I have a skin cancer on my eyelid and wants to remove it for me. Is this ok or should I see a dermatologist instead?
Probably OK. If he/she is trained and has experience, then no problem. If you're not comfortable with that, then you can see a dermatologist.
Not recommended. Optometrists are not usually trained to to biopsies or surgery of eyelids. I suggest you see either a dermatologist or ophthalmologist. Possibly even oculoplastic specialist.
Pink, crusty bump on skin. Won't go away now for about a week. How long should I wait to see a dermatologist? Can it be skin cancer?
Hard to say. It;s hard to say what this is, but given that it has persisted for a week, and doesn't seem to be going away the best plan is to have it checked by a dermatologist. It may be a patch of nummular dermatitis or eczema, but we are always concerned about other diagnoses like squamous cell.
Dermatologist. It is typically not a cancer at all. Make an appointment with a derm and have it checked out to get a plan and know what it is you are dealing with.
Suspicious. Your lesion sounds suspicious enough that I would make an appointment to see your friendly dermatologist.
Skin cancer screening I noticed that not too many dermatologist list skin cancer screening in their profiles or competancies. Is that because they can all do it? Or is there something in particular I should ask for?
All. All dermatologists are trained to do skin cancer screenings during residency. Read more about the abcde's of moles at the link below. I hope that helps!
Most. All dermatologists have been trained in the detection of skin cancers. Once they enter practice however some dermatologists perform more or less skin cancer cases than their fellow colleagues.
Yes. Family practice doctors and general surgeons also do biopsies and send them to a pathologist.
Sometimes. It depends on whether the doctor is willing to perform a skin biopsy. While a skin lesion may look like cancer, the only way to accurately diagnose it is to perform a skin biopsy.
Biopsy. Skin cancer is determined by the results of a biopsy. A dermatologist is the most likely physician to do this test; however, a surgeon or other qualified physician could potentially do a skin biopsy and come up with the diagnosis.
Yes. Dermatologists actually cure 80-90% of skin cancers including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.
Do your research. Seeing a good dermatologist for an evaluation/exam for skin cancer is important. Make sure your dermatologist is thorough and does a complete examination (even hands/feet/scalp). Skin cancer is very treatable, but must be found first. If you require surgery for your skin cancer, select a dermatologist who does a lot of skin cancer surgery (most do already). Also, ask friends and family.