Both a precancer and an atypical mole may look unusual, but each has unique characteristics. An expert explains the differences.
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The brave men and women who serve our country know they accept some risks, but they may not know that one of them is skin cancer. We asked Jonathan L. Bingham, MD, a Mohs surgeon in Great Falls, Montana, and a flight surgeon with the Montana Air National Guard, to tell us more about this danger.
We asked Elizabeth Buzney, MD, outpatient clinical director of the Department of Dermatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and assistant professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, how to use sunscreen most effectively.
There’s a lot of information out there about sunscreen safety, and not all of it is reliable. We asked a top expert to address some common questions about sunscreens.
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 […]
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?
Hopefully you’ve been careful this summer, but you may still have acquired some damage. If this year’s warmest months (and all of the previous summers) have left you with dark spots, fine lines and other signs of sun damage, it is possible to improve the situation.
My father was diagnosed with a small squamous cell carcinoma on his ear. He says it’s nothing and refuses to go back and have it removed. What can I do to convince him he’ll be better off with treatment?