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Actinic keratosis commonly presents as a scaly papule or a small rough scaly patch , commonly on sun-exposed areas. The scales are typically described as adherent and are difficult to peel off . As the name 'actinic' suggests, this is due to excessive cumulative sun exposure thr...
13 Sep 2019
There are a number of skin conditions that can present with scaly skin patches. Common causes include: Fungal infection. Fungal infection occurs when the immune system of humans cannot prevent a fungus from taking over the infected area. Psoriasis. Psoriasis is a sk...
10 Sep 2019
Hi, To prevent further UV damage, avoid further UV exposure, use protective gears (UV protective clothing, sun-hats, umbrella), and regular use of high-quality sunscreens. Oral sunscreens may give additional benefits. To repair damage that has already been done, consider using...
21 Aug 2019
SPF or Sun Protection Factor indicates the level of protection against UVB radiation . Other than the visible light that we can see with our naked eye, the sun transmits UV radiation to the ground as well, which is invisible to us. 95% of these UV rays are UVA rays , with the rem...
19 Aug 2019
Thank you for the question. There are different types of skin cancer. They can be divided into 2 groups - 1) Melanoma and 2) Non-melanoma skin cancers. 1. Melanoma or cancer of the mole is the most serious of the skin cancers as it has a potential to spread and metastasize and ea...
11 Mar 2019

How Do You Know If Your Mole Is Cancerous? An Experienced Skin Doctor Gives Us The Low-Down

How Do You Know If Your Mole Is Cancerous? An Experienced Skin Doctor Gives Us The Low-Down

Moles are kind of like our old friends. After all, they tend to stick around longer than some people in our lives. 

Ranging in size, shape, and colour, most moles seem to be pretty harmless. Some find them a nuisance because they appear at undesirable spots, while others consider their moles to be a special thing that make them unique.

But what if that mole that you've dismissed is potentially a sign of skin cancer?

Here's what an experienced dermatologist, Dr Stephanie Ho, has to say about the questions that she always gets asked.

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If your dermatologist finds an abnormal mole or growth that appears suspicious, then a simple test known as a biopsy needs to be done. It is a quick test that takes 5-10 minutes and a small skin sample is removed after a quick numbing injection. 1-2 stitches are usually applied to...
6 Sep 2018
Hi Shan Shan, The most important step everyone can take to minimize their risk of skin cancer would be to take sun protection seriously. Wearing a hat, regular sunscreen, avoiding mid-day sun and never ever going under a sun bed would be a good start. Routinely checking ...
6 Sep 2018
During your skin check with your dermatologist, you will often be asked some questions and examined to assess your risk for development of skin cancers. This may include: Fair skin that burns easily History of severe sunburns or sunbed use Multiple abnormal moles ...
6 Sep 2018
Yes apart from the most dangerous melanoma, there are 2 other types of skin cancer. Skin cancer can be broadly divided into non-melanoma skin cancer or the more dangerous melanoma. Non-melanoma skin cancer includes basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). ...
6 Sep 2018
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