Lymphoma of the Skin

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Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Staging TOPICS

Can lymphoma of the skin be found early?

This type of lymphoma first appears in the skin, so it is usually found earlier in the course of the disease than many other types of cancer. Unfortunately, it is sometimes hard even for experienced doctors to diagnose skin lymphomas right away because they often look like other skin problems such as infections or eczema.

The best approach is to see a doctor if you notice symptoms that might be from a skin lymphoma (or another type of skin cancer). This includes any new lesion (abnormal area) on the skin, especially if it is raised, if it doesn’t go away, or if it is growing.

Last Medical Review: 08/04/2014
Last Revised: 02/24/2016