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Are there any correlation between chronic skin inflammatory conditions & skin cancer ?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes, remote: Skin overlying an area of long standing chronic osteomyelitis may develop squamous cell carcinoma.
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Yes: The best known example is squamous cell carcinoma. These sometimes arise from non-healing wounds that are continually traumatized. Sometimes regenerating tissue works "overtime" and genetic errors creep in which accumulate and result in cancer formation.

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Any relation between chronic skin inflammatory conditions & skin cancer ?

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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 19 years experience
Can increase risk: Chronic inflammatory skin conditions such as those from autoimmune conditions tend to increase the risk of non melanoma skin cancers. Particularly squamous cell carcinoma. This risk is usually due to changes in the immune system together with immunosuppression from drugs being used to treat the disease. Also patients who have had lots of phototherapy are at an increased risk.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Are there any relation between skin inflammatory conditions & skin cancer ?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Any site with long standing inflammation can accumulate deleterious changes that may lead to cancer. Skin oner the site of chronic osteomyelitis is know to develop squamous cell cancer.

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