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I've had a scar that looks like it has blackheads on it. I know there not blackheads tho and it will not go away what could this be? Skin cancer?

I've had a scar that looks like it has blackheads on it. I know there not blackheads tho and it will not go away what could this be? Skin cancer?

See a dermatologist: For accurate assessment. We would only be guessing without ability to at least visualize the lesion. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Do acne pills give people cancer?

Do acne pills give people cancer?

No: I'm not sure what 'acne pills' you are taking, but if you are on retinoic acid ('retin-a') it canbe toxic to your liver but it won't cause cancer; in fact it is being used as a treatment for some cancers. ...Read more

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I found a black head pimple thing on my breast could it be cancer?

I found a black head pimple thing on my breast could it be cancer?

Get a mammo and US.: Sorry, I'm very skittish when it comes to findings on the breast. And there are skin changes associated with breast cancer. I'm not saying you have cancer, believe me. Chances are great that you don't. But I'd be safe and get tested, especially if breast cancer runs on your family. Better to be safe. ...Read more

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About a week ago I got what looked like a black head on my back and I picked at it and now it's a scab. Could it be skin cancer.?

About a week ago I got what looked like a black head on my back and I picked at it and now it's a scab. Could it be skin cancer.?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide an opinion without examining the lesion. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an in-person evaluation. ...Read more

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Could acne be caused by a hormonal imbalance from testicular cancer?

Could acne be caused by a hormonal imbalance from testicular cancer?

Not likely: If you're worried about cystic acne, see a dermatologist. If your worried that you may have testicular cancer based on an abnormal testis self exam, see a urologist. The two conditions are not related. ...Read more

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I have like 5 black heads on the side of my breast should I be worried being that my sister had breast cancer?

I have like 5 black heads on the side of my breast should I be worried being that my sister had breast cancer?

Sorta: Having a sister with breast cancer makes you have a higher risk, You should follow screening guide lines.



black heads are probably not related to breast cancer. ...Read more

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CBC results = normal WBC except for one type (don't know which one) that is a little elevated - she said it could be caused by acne, scared of cancer!

CBC results = normal WBC except for one type (don't know which one) that is a little elevated - she said it could be caused by acne, scared of cancer!

Not a screening tool: A CBC by itself is not a very good screening tool for cancer. The results you reported are not consistent with a blood cancer and beyond that it provides little evidence either way. If your listed anxiety disorder makes you worry continually about cancer, or anything else, work on the issue with a therapist who can confer with your doc to see if or when additional studies would be worthwhile. ...Read more

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Is it possible that testicular cancer cause a hormonal imbalance causes cystic acne on the back?

Is it possible that testicular cancer cause a hormonal imbalance causes cystic acne on the back?

Possible: Sertoli-leydig cell tumors and germ cell tumors may rarely produce elevated circulating levels of androgen. One sign of that happening is acne. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with acne necrotica on my scalp and have had it for years. Will treatment ever really get rid of it? Can it turn to cancer?

I was diagnosed with acne necrotica on my scalp and have had it for years. Will treatment ever really get rid of it? Can it turn to cancer?

Acne Necrotica: Treatment for acne necrotica consists of oral tetracyclines, anti staphylococcal agents and anti bacterial shampoos, tretinoin and topical antibiotics and in severe cases accutane.But all of them should be taken under the supervision of a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hi, I have popped what I think was acne on my lip. It's just one dot and for the past two weeks it's been there. I'm not sure if its a zit or cancer?

Hi, I have popped what I think was acne on my lip. It's just one dot and for the past two weeks it's been there. I'm not sure if its a zit or cancer?

Probably acne: Two weeks is a very short time - and sometimes a pimple on lip heals more slowly because of the constant movement. Keep it clean. If it doesn't heal completely within the next couple of weeks, or gets worse - should be seen by a dermatologist just to make sure. Most likely just a pimple. ...Read more

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I have a family history of skin cancer. Is it safe for me to get ozone acne therapy when I get facials? I had it done recently and it worked wonders. However, I read afterwards that ozone is a toxic substance...?

I have a family history of skin cancer. Is it safe for me to get ozone acne therapy when I get facials? I had it done recently and it worked wonders. However, I read afterwards that ozone is a toxic substance...?

Ozone is a toxic: Substance but only if you're breathing it. Most ozone is literally in the stratosphere, 6-10 miles above the Earth. You need not worry as long as the therapist knows what s/he is doing. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Is it safe to use laser resurfacing for acne scars if you had radiation for cancer years ago?

Is it safe to use laser resurfacing for acne scars if you had radiation for cancer years ago?

Yes: Doublecheck with the physician who'll administer the laser, but unless you have old radiation dermatitis or telangiectasias in the area, you'll probably be fine. Congratulations on your recovery from cancer. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Every since my radioactive iodine treatment after thyroid cancer I have had bad acne. Could this be related? I had the treatment in june of 2010.

Every since my radioactive iodine treatment after thyroid cancer I have had bad acne. Could this be related? I had the treatment in june of 2010.

Indirectly related: It would be very unlikely for the radioactive iodine to induce acne, but another change that probably happened around the same time is taking thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone tablets could affect the balance between estrogen and testosterone, by changing the amount of sex hormone binding protein made by the liver. Lab tests could help your doctor know if this was causing your acne. ...Read more

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Given minocycline for acne. Read side effects & wondered how can it cause Thyroid cancer & Lupus. Asked Dr. & he had no idea. Rare side effects?

Given minocycline for acne. Read side effects & wondered how can it cause Thyroid cancer & Lupus. Asked Dr. & he had no idea. Rare side effects?

Rare adverse event: In few susceptible patients minocycline can trigger the immune system & cause "drug induced autoimmune disease". Minocycline remains a safe drug but you need to be ware of these very rare side effects. Best wishes ...Read more

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How can I treat recurring hair loss, acne in a person with pcod and family history of cancer?

How can I treat recurring hair loss, acne in a person with pcod and family history of cancer?

Spironolactone.: The above and no birth control pills.
Use doses up to 100 mg twice daily, with gradual increased dosage schedule to 200 mg. ...Read more

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Do you know if there are differnt kinds of dermatologists like that just deal with acne and rashes and moles but not skin cancer?

Do you know if there are differnt kinds of dermatologists like that just deal with acne and rashes and moles but not skin cancer?

No: The specialty will encounter all types of disorders of the skin. Dermatologists are all trained to examine biopsy and treat lesions.
That said some specialize only in cancer surgery most notably MOHS surgery involving skin cancers with resection and closure of the wound. Not all dermatologists perform this surgery. ...Read more

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I'm taking diane-35 for acne but I'm worried about side effects, can it really cause breast cancer? And do you recommend this pill overall?

I'm taking diane-35 for acne but I'm worried about side effects, can it really cause breast cancer? And do you recommend this pill overall?

OCPs and Acne: I always offer ocps (oral contraceptive pills) as therapy for women with acne. There is always risk with any medicine, but I don't think ocps cause breast cancer. If you have family risk, you should consult with your doctor before taking it. ...Read more

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Saw ob yest he did vaginal exam-didnt discuss acne cysts-seeing here a doctor says I may have cancer of the adrenal cortex. Still a possible diagnose?

Saw ob yest he did vaginal exam-didnt discuss acne cysts-seeing here a doctor says I may have cancer of the adrenal cortex. Still a possible diagnose?

See an Endocrinologi: It is not difficult to make a diagnosis of adrenal cancer if you have sign and symptoms of this condition. All it takes is a ct scan of the abdomen which can/should be done if there is definite suspicion based on steroid excess (cushing;s syndrome like features). But you should first go see an internist or an endocrinologist to help you address this issue. ...Read more

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I have spots on testicles like acne scars but never had pimples on my sack what's going on cancer?

I have spots on testicles like acne scars but never had pimples on my sack what's going on cancer?

See a urologist: This could be a form of hidradenitis suppuritiva. It is unlikely to be cancer but you still should see a urologist. ...Read more

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Hello. I have dry eyes and taking restasis for that and I had big dose of rai in may for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne.

Hello. I have dry eyes and taking restasis for that and I had big dose of rai in may for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne.

Dry eyes ; accutane: Accutane is very, very drying. If you already have severe dry eyes, you should see your eye doctor and discuss the risks of making your eyes even dryer. Your doctor may be able to help increase your eye's lubrication with the placement of punctal plugs. But the key next step is to see your eye doctor. ...Read more

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I have dry eyes and take restasis for that and I had a big dose of rai for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne since it cause dry eyes to?

I have dry eyes and take restasis for that and I had a big dose of rai for thyroid cancer can I take Accutane to treat acne since it cause dry eyes to?

Small risk: Accutane can cause conjunctival irritation and secondarily eye dryness. If your eyes are dry to begin with and you add the dryness of accutane, then your dryness can increase. At your age I would have expected acne to be attenuated but you certainly can try Accutane with an understanding of the risks. ...Read more