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Basal cell carcinoma biopsy possible if ingrown hairs?

Basal cell carcinoma biopsy possible if ingrown hairs?

I agree: Bcc is possible on any part of the skin. However, ingrown hairs are not a risk factor for bcc. ...Read more

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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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About 5 ingrown hairs on the bump, could it be basal cell carcinoma?

About 5 ingrown hairs on the bump, could it be basal cell carcinoma?

Probably not: Hairs do not generally grow on a bump. This is more likely to be a compound nevus (mole). However, if it should change, seek the advice of a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Relationship between basal cell carcinoma and ingrown hairs?

Relationship between basal cell carcinoma and ingrown hairs?

None, that I know of: I think sometimes patients think they have an ingrown hair when they actually have a small basal cell skin cancer. Otherwise, i can think of no real relationship between these two conditions. Basal cell carcinoma is a form of skin cancer usually caused by exposure to ultraviolet light (sun, tanning bed, welding torch, etc.) ingrown hairs are, well, ingrown hairs... ...Read more

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Could a basal cell carcinoma have a dark hair growing out of it?

Could a basal cell carcinoma have a dark hair growing out of it?

Yes: Usually skin cancers ruin the local hairs fairly early, but having one is no proof it isn't something nasty. Get it seen if you have any concern. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a pt with history of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma (father died of malignant melanoma and sister has had a melanoma removed) to take enbrel (etanercept) for ra? Red hair, blue eyes.

Immunosuppressant: Enbrel (etanercept) is an immunosupressant to minimize yuur bodies attack of itself. Anything that lowers your immune system may increase your risk for certain cancers such as lymphoma, basal and squamous cell cancers, particularly if you are already fair skinned. Good sun block, wide brimmed hats, minimize sun exposure, etc. Your doctor should be able to discuss the relative risks of treatment of enbrel (etanercept). ...Read more

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Could basal cell carcinoma at an early age (28 y/o f) be a indicator of worse cancer to come? I use all the precautions and don't tan.

Could basal cell carcinoma at an early  age (28 y/o f) be a indicator of worse cancer to come? I use all the precautions and don't tan.

Possibly yes: Unfortunately some basal cell cancers may not be directly related to sun exposure and I have seen this in certain individuals as young as 5 years old with a genetic disease that predisposes them to recurrent bcc. Having one bcc in isolation doses still place you at a higher risk for a second bcc. I would advise close follow up with a dermatologist for routine surveillance examinations. ...Read more

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I am worried about basal cell carcinoma of the skin?

I am worried about basal cell carcinoma of the skin?

Stay out of sun!: Or use a sunscreen with an spf over 15 always! the ultraviolet damage is cumulative, so the damage to your exposed skin lasts a lifetime--look at the neckline area compared to the covered breast skin in an older man or woman! if you have a bcc it must be removed, but rarely spreads or kills (unless irritated or ignored). See a plastic surgeon, not a non-surgeon. ...Read more

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What happens if I have a basal cell carcinoma on my foot?

Yes: Basal cell carcinoma can appear on any part of the body. It is mostly related to sun exposure and skin damaged by the sun. Face, hands, legs and feet are usually the most exposed to the sun damages. ...Read more

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Do i need to be awake during surgical removal of basal cell carcinoma on the nose?

Maybe: It really depends on the size of the cancer, the doctors preferences and you as an individual. In my experience almost all of patiients tolerate it quite well under local anesthesia, however I have treated some patients with very large tumors requiring a significant reconstruction who would be done under a general anesthetic. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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How can I be sure that my basal cell carcinoma on my forehead has been cured completely after surgery?

The pathology report: When a basal cell is removed and sent to pathologist for evaluation of the margins. If the margins were clear , that means the basal cell was removed completely. ...Read more

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Ingrown Hair (Definition)

Our hair follicles are meant to erupt and to grow straight out of the skin. Often, a hair may turn into the channel out of which it should grow, and penetrates the skin, causing swelling and irritation. This may happen because of blockage or with very curly hair. These are not always a problem unless the hair does not erupt and then possibly leads to infection ...Read more


Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more