Neoplasms of the Skin
Neoplasms of the Skin

Neoplasms of the Skin

by Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Primary neoplastic disease of the skin is common. If caught early, nearly all cases of skin cancer are curable with a complete excision and appropriate margins. Usually, although a biopsy is needed for an accurate histologic diagnosis, a presumptive diagnosis can be made via patient history and examination.

Skin neoplasms account for the largest percentage of malignancies in the world today. They are often divided into melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers. The latter can be further subdivided, with the two largest groups being squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas. Although the propensity for these cancers to metastasize is low, they often cause significant local destruction of anatomic structures. Melanomas, on the other hand, have a high propensity to metastasize if not treated promptly, which is why early recognition and treatment are crucial.

There are many other neoplasms of the skin, a few of which will be discussed here. Most importantly, one should understand the risk factors and basic morphology of concerning skin lesions to more accurately determine when dermatologic consultation is warranted.

Course Details

  • Videos 8
  • Duration 0:30 h
  • Quiz questions 15
  • Concept Pages 14


Your Educators of course Neoplasms of the Skin

 Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Stephen Holt, MD, MS

Dr. Stephen Holt is the Associate Program Director for Ambulatory Education in the Primary Care Program at the Yale School of Medicine in Connecticut, USA.
He obtained his PhD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2004. Currently, he is Director of the Addiction Recovery Clinic and Codirector of Clinician Educator Distinctions Pathway at Yale School of Medicine.
Because of his achievements, he earned the Faculty Teacher of the Year award from the Yale Primary Care Residency Program in 2009 and 2017.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Holt teaches courses on Physical Examination, Dermatology, and Rheumatology.

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Very helpful!
By Rick H. on 10. February 2022 for Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) vs. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

I have never had this explained so clearly. Thank you!

Lecture is great
By Irfan A. on 06. April 2021 for Neoplasms of the Skin


Always clean presentations and great information.
By Renan A. on 02. January 2021 for Melanoma vs. Benign Melanocytic Nevus

Very well prepared lections. The explanations are clean and nice without theatrical exaggerations.

By sandro s. on 24. November 2020 for Neoplasms of the Skin

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