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Atypical Mole Syndrome/Dysplastic Naevus Syndrome
A condition where a person has a large number of moles and the moles are irregular in appearance. Sometimes this syndrome can run in the family.

Actinic/Solar Keratosis
A precancerous condition. Thick, scaly areas of skin.

Basal Cell Carcinoma
A type of skin cancer that arises from the basal cells, which are cells found in the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin.

Benign
Not cancerous, not malignant.

Biopsy
Removal of a sample of tissue or cells

Breslow Thickness
A measuring scale of thickness for malignant melanoma.

Dermatology
The specialist treatment of skin disorders

Dermatologist
A doctor who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of skin disorders

Dermoscopy
The technique used to view and record a mole or lesion on the skin.

Excision
Removal by surgery

Histology
The study of body tissues and cells by examination under a microscope.

Malignant
Cancerous.

Pathologist
A doctor who examines cells and identifies them.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Cancer that begins in squamous cells. These cells are found in the tissue that forms the surface of the skin.

 
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