Q: My dermatologist would like to biopsy a mole on my forearm. I know this involves removing some skin — should I be concerned about the pain? A skin biopsy is a routine procedure performed by dermatologists: A sample of skin is removed to diagnose a skin lesion or mole. A small amount of anesthetic […]
Skin Cancer Information
I recently had a skin cancer removed, and I’m worried about recurrence. I know I’m now at higher risk for more skin cancers, but can that same cancer come back even after it’s been treated?
The term “mole mapping” most commonly refers to the monitoring process for a patient who is at a high-risk for developing melanoma.
I noticed a small scaly patch on my forehead. It seems like dry skin, but sometimes it’s itchy and forms a little scab when I scratch it. I’ve had it for a while. Should I see a doctor just for that?
You learn that a friend has skin cancer and you instantly start to worry. After all, you grew up together; you spent your summers on the beach, often competing to see who had the “best color.” If he has skin cancer, you are at risk too, right? Before you panic, ask yourself the following questions.
Q: Can a cancerous mole cause pain below the skin?
Even with my background in beauty and skin health, words like dysplastic nevus and metastatic are not words I have used every day and can be worrisome when you hear them used in your dermatologist’s office. So, for my first blog post, I thought I’d share some of my recently acquired knowledge with our readers.
You might already know that catching a cancer early means a more favorable prognosis. But it can be difficult to comprehend just how big a difference early detection makes with melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Melanoma should never be underestimated, but treating a tumor early rather than after it is allowed to progress could be lifesaving.
The desire to avoid unpleasant symptoms and medical costs is a good enough motivator for many of us to develop healthy habits. In the hope that it will prevent illness, we eat well, exercise, wash our hands and take vitamins. Avoiding skin cancer is no exception — we wear sunscreen, seek the shade and cover up with clothing to reduce our risk of developing the disease. Unfortunately, though, even those with the most diligent sun protection regimen aren’t immune.
Sometimes identifying a potential skin cancer isn’t so straightforward. Skin cancer comes in many forms, and tumors don’t always display the most well-known characteristics of the disease.