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Are Blackheads And Cancer Linked
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
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
Can picking a blackhead on the underside of my breast increase my risk of breast cancer? I pop it every once in a while but it always comes back.
NO: It is a skin condition, unrelated to breast cancer don't worry, go for regular check ups by your doctoer. ...Read more
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
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
I have a lump in my earlobe that has been there for 3+ months. I thought it was acne but its not. Is it cancer?
Probably not: It may be a cyst. A doctor's examination will likely answer this question quickly! ...Read more
I have some big acne like structures on my chest since last ten years. How can I check if they are a skin cancer?
See your doctor: Have the areas biopsied.Get a more detailed answer ›
National nutrition month - do you believe hato mugi really has the benefits of reducing bloating, acne, lowering blood sugar, and fighting cancer?
No.: But it tastes like it might have some of those benefits. ...Read more
I have like 5 black heads on the side of my breast should I be worried being that my sister had breast cancer?
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
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
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?
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
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
Given minocycline for acne. Read side effects & wondered how can it cause Thyroid cancer & Lupus. Asked Dr. & he had no idea. Rare side effects?
Benzoyl peroxide is known to be mutagenic and can cause cancer. Is 10% BP that is usually used as acne treatment actually safe to use on daily scale?
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
Do you know if there are differnt kinds of dermatologists like that just deal with acne and rashes and moles but not skin cancer?
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
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?
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
I have spots on testicles like acne scars but never had pimples on my sack what's going on cancer?
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
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
Since my colposcopy I have lower back pain, darker urine, pelvic cramping on the right & acne. I have a leep procedure 2morow. Could I have cancer?
Comedone Extractor: Wash face w gentle cleanser 2x/day ; use oil free products. No oily hair or heavy foundations. Exfoliate occasionally. Try not to pop pimples. Avoid touching face (cradling chin in hands). Remove makeup before bed. Shower after strenuous exercise. Consider otc products (salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide). If > mild acne see dermatology (discuss meds, comedone extractor, pore strips, etc.). ...Read more
Blackhead treatment: A blackhead occurs when the opening to a hair follicle is blocked with dead skin cells, oil (sebum) +/- bacteria but the pore is open at the skin surface, allowing the material to darken. I recommend that you see a skin care specialist- spa or medical aesthetician for the instant gratification of "removing" it. For ongoing management, opt for a topical agent to accelerate skin cell turnover. ...Read more