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does skin cancer itch?

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Dr. Krishna Narayanan
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes: Sometimes can happen because of irritation of sensory nerve endings.
Dr. Archibald Miller
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Inflammation: A skin cancer can break down, and cause irritation, with itching, but it is not a common side effect.
Dr. Curtis Wong
Plastic Surgery 33 years experience
Skin cancer itching: It can happen though most skin cancers are asymptomatic. Any symptomatic lesion should be evaluated by a physician.
Dr. Michael Kulick
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
It can: Certain skin cancers, basal cell can instill an inflammatory respond in the surrounding skin which can "itch." best to see a doctor if you have a questions.

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Last updated Jan 1, 2017

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