How Fast Actinic Keratosis Turns into Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

Actinic keratosis Though most squamous cell carcinomas were once actinic keratoses, most AK’s will not turn into cancer. However, it’s impossible to predict which lesions will eventually begin undergoing a malignant transformation. [...]

Should Blacks Do Monthly Self-Exams for Skin Cancer?

Don’t let the media’s portrayal of skin cancer patients fool you. Blacks and other dark skinned people need to do monthly self-exams because they too can get any of the three major skin cancers: [...]

Can an Irritated Skin Tag Turn into Cancer?

Skin tags are common and depending on their location are prone to irritation including bleeding. Can an irritated skin tag, however, actually transform into cancer such as melanoma? […]

Should Very Dark Skinned Children Wear Sunscreen?

It’s definitely important to apply sunscreen on your very dark skinned child, says a dermatologist who specializes in patients of color. Sunscreen advertisements always show fair skinned people putting it on. Advertising is very powerful, [...]

Bump Under Eyelid: Skin Cancer or Chalazion Cyst?

What are the hallmark features that would point towards skin cancer vs. a chalazion cyst if you have a bump under the eyelid? Many people quickly think of cancer when they discover a “bump” somewhere [...]

When a Skin Sample Is Sent for Biopsy: Handling the Anxiety

It’s just plain total anxiety when a skin sample is sent off for a biopsy, especially when you did not expect this to happen, and all you can think of is “What if it comes [...]

What Percentage of Actinic Keratoses Become Squamous Cancer?

There’s a percentage range of actinic keratoses turning into squamous cell carcinoma, which is why these seemingly harmless skin lesions should never be ignored. Furthermore, the appearance of very early squamous cell carcinoma can mimic [...]

24 Conditions that Mimic Melanoma to the Naked Eye

Some melanoma mimickers are other forms of cancer, but most are benign. Many people will present to a doctor with what they fear is melanoma, when in fact, it turns out to be a benign [...]

Hard Pimple that Won’t Go Away After 2 Months May Be Cancer

The warning is real: A hard “pimple” that’s still there after a few months with no sign of going away may be a deadly cancer. "The most concerning things that can present in this manner [...]