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Skin Cancer

Basal carcinoma cell indicating skin cancer

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If your bronze permatan would make David Dickinson envious, and you regularly fry yourself on sun-drenched beaches or pay for blasts of the artificial stuff at a salon, then you could be increasing your risk of skin cancer. Since the 1980s the number of cases has rapidly increased, reaching around 69,000 new diagnoses every year. Melanoma indicated by the presence of malignant moles is one of the main types of skin cancer. However, not all moles are harmful, usually only those that either suddenly appear or are irregular in colour or shape. There are also non-melanoma types of cancer which include basal cell (a smooth bump or a flat crusty and scaly spot) and squamous cell cancer (a red lump or a flat scaly crust-like lesion). You can still venture out into the daylight, but check your skin regularly and use high factor protection in the sun. If in doubt, consult your GP.

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On my head I have a circular red rash with a dark (Orange) ring around it. It is an oval shape about the size of a finger nail, I am 19 anyone know what this could be? Also it doesn't hurt or irritate and had only been noticed in the last 3 weeks.





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I have a mole which I've just noticed has developed a white centre. Should I be worried?





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I am 13 years old and I have a mole on my jaw and it gets darker every year. the mole is 5mm should I be worried??





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Hi, I have been getting small spots like sores for some time now.my doctor said he thought it might be acne and prescribed me antibiotic cream. this didn't help. I have a couple on my shoulder and they have been there for weeks and don't seem to clear up. they feel sore and rooted and when the scab comes of it looks like small cells underneath. I feel too petty going back to the doctors with this but I have never had spots my whole life and now at 27 I am getting these. Could this be skin cancer?





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I'm a 14 year old girl, and I have a mole on my vagina lips! I've had it ever since I was born and I'm scared to shave and that people will be disgusted by it!! Help?!





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I have a mole inside my belly button and it peels and gives off a smell and leaves brown marks :/ anyone got advice?





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I have a small mole on my face and just today it started bleeding and its really itchy. What should I do?





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I have a lump under the skin on my groin, it's gotten bigger over the last two weeks and is slightly purple. It's painful and also feels irregular, it's not soft but it's not hard either. I'm an 18 yr old female and a little embarrassed about revealing my private parts to a doctor. I really don't know if I should brave it?





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Hay my partner has lumps big..pimplis all over there face. Its quit embarassing as this effects our relationship and wanted to know if there was any solution. Its heomnal and his body is always hot. His tired hot water steaming and creams but they dont work. Is there a specialist that can look at his condition as we dont know quit what it is?...





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I got a small flat scaly red patch on my left wrist a few weeks ago and it's not going away, I've noticed that i now have one on my other wrist and on my face. I'm slightly concerned that it could be something like Bowens disease. The patches are roundish and about 1cm big.





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