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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous Cell Carcinoma Is Common Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. It commonly develops from a precursor lesion called actinic keratosis. However, it is less deadly than its better-known cousin, melanoma. Among the 3 main types of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma sits solidly in the middle in terms of incidence and mortality. Over 1 million cases of squamous cell carcinoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year. (1) This cancer can be locally destructive and rarely metastasizes. Need to know only the basics about squamous cell carcinoma before going back to watching […]

Introduction to Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is extremely common, so common that it’s the most common type of cancer. Without further ado, here is an introduction to skin cancer. The statistics are scary. It’s more common than breast, prostate, and lung cancer combined. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 5 million people are treated for skin cancer every year in the U.S. alone. Think it won’t happen to you? Well if 1 in 5 people develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and you know more than 5 people, then either you or someone close to you will have skin cancer in their lifetime. Is […]

How To Tell if A Mole is Cancerous: Use ABCDE

The ABCDE Tool Helps Determine Whether A Mole is Suspicious Do you ever wonder how to tell if a mole is cancerous or totally benign? Every once in a while, I’ll get a new text message from a friend who wants my opinion. They want my opinion on a new mole or freckle that they had never noticed before. For example, last week one of my friends from California sent me a message saying: “Hey ms dermqueen, are freckles on palms or soles of feet a reason to be alarmed? Do they have to be removed?”  Of course every case […]