Skin cancer may not top the list of things parents worry about, but those with a family history of the disease may wonder about their child’s risk. Here’s what you need to know about childhood skin cancer, and when it’s time to take your child to a dermatologist.
Skin Cancer Information
Imagine visiting the dermatologist with concerns about a strange growth on your arm. You breathe a sigh of relief when your doctor tells you that the spot is an actinic keratosis (AK), meaning it isn’t malignant…for now. It may stay benign, but it could also turn into a potentially life-threatening form of skin cancer.
Early detection of skin cancer can save your skin and, in some cases, even your life. Watch for these clues, and if something doesn’t heal, is growing or just doesn’t seem right, see a dermatologist right away.
What happens to your biopsy tissue sample after your dermatologist ships it off to the lab?
Knowing when and what to biopsy is an important skill set for a dermatologist, but getting an accurate diagnosis is still a complicated process. That’s where a dermatopathologist comes in.
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