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What is the most common type of skin cancer?
Basal Cell Carcinoma normally looks like a “dark mole”.
Which subtype of Basal Cell Carcinoma has the characteristic of being “deeper-than-average” and has a tendency to “invade” the surrounding tissue?
Pigmentation in a Basal Cell Carcinoma is a sign that it’s more harmful than average.
Reports of Basal Cell Carcinoma metastasis are so rare that, for all practical purposes, most will consider it a “non-metastasizing” type of skin cancer.
Patients who are immunosuppressed, such as those who have had a kidney transplant, are at much higher risk for Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
A “poorly-differentiated” SCC is considered less atypical than a “well-differentiated” SCC.
Which type of skin cancer is responsible for the majority of deaths?
Basal or Squamous Cell Carcinomas, if left untreated, can turn into Melanoma.
Of the family members listed, please check those whose history of melanoma is significant so far as increasing the patient’s own risk of having melanoma. HINT: You need to check more than one.
Just one blistering sunburn during childhood can double the risk of melanoma in one’s lifetime.
A patient has noticed a dark spot arising on an an underwear-covered area. Because it’s on a location that has never been exposed to the sun, she doesn’t have to worry that it could be a melanoma.
All moles >6 MM in diameter are suspicious (regardless of their appearance) and should be biopsied.
A patient calls the office worried because she has noticed a dark/changing spot on her leg. Because she states that it’s “perfectly flat”, she can be reassured that it can’t be a melanoma.
The majority of patients who are diagnosed with melanoma do not die from melanoma.
Which of the two factors is most important when considering the significance of a given melanoma.
“SLN” stands for….
A dome-shaped and centrally crusted nodule has quickly arisen on the forearm of a patient who has a long history of sun exposure. He thinks it’s a cyst. Which type of skin cancer best fits this description?