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Can a pimple turn into a form of cancer?

Can a pimple turn into a form of cancer?

No: Pimple is where one of the glands/ducts get obstructed and small infection and pus forms. Many of these and recurring forms are acne. There are many treatments. Some people develop scars but cancer is not a risk that is significant. However any situation that constantly irritates the same spot could eventually lead to a cancer is always possible. It's best to keep skin clean. ...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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Pimple on breast turn to cancer?

Pimple on breast turn to cancer?

Not likely: But if there are any concerns about a lesion on the breast - please have it medically evaluated. ...Read more

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Are pimples on your breast a sign of cancer?

Are pimples on your breast a sign of cancer?

Typically not: Pimples are usually not a sign. Most cancers are either detected during self breast exams as a "lump", or on mammogram when they are too small to feel. One type of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer, CAN present with skin changes called Peau d'orange (dimpling of the skin that looks like an orange peel) It can also cause nipple retraction. If you have these symptoms see your doctor ASAP. ...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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Can basal cell cancer or carcinoma be mistaken for a pimple?

Can basal cell cancer or carcinoma be mistaken for a pimple?

Yes: Basal cell cancer can look like a pimple but with two differences. Pimples are usually tender/painful and typical change over 1-2 weeks and often go away in 2-3 weeks. Basal cell cancer is slow growing and will get bigger in size over 6-12 months time. ...Read more

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I have a growth underneath my skin under my scrotum is it just a pimple to pop or is it cancer?

I have a growth underneath my skin under my scrotum is it just a pimple to pop or is it cancer?

Not likely to: Be cancer. Don't pop it, but you can soak in warm water in a tub and use soap. The adjacency to your rectum, not the cleanest part of your body, makes "popping" a bad idea. See a doctor to make the call and do the dirty deed if needed. ...Read more

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I have a white/pinkish pimple on my tongue. My health anxiety makes me think it's cancer. It just appeared about 4 days ago?

I have a white/pinkish pimple on my tongue. My health anxiety makes me think it's cancer. It just appeared about 4 days ago?

Health anxiety: That's a common problem and CBT therapists are really good at helping you lessen it. Often it's a good idea to have an exam and explanation of the results along w/ what they would look like if you had the illness. This will rule out your fear and educate you. Being in the dark is scary - facts are a light. You can learn in CBT if you seriously try. Best! ...Read more

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I've had a pimple-like bump on my back for 8 months, it recently began bleeding, turning from colorless to light pink, could it be a form of skin cancer?

I've had a pimple-like bump on my back for 8 months, it recently began bleeding, turning from colorless to light pink, could it be a form of skin cancer?

Hopefully not...: ...But I would urge you to visit your doctor or even better a dermatologist for a proper evaluation. Sometimes you cannot tell by just looking and it is best and safest to take it off. ...Read more

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Went walking last night. Came home had lil blood in panties, lil when wiped. Have a pimple down there and hemriods. I'm scared of colon cancer.

Went walking last night. Came home had lil blood in panties, lil when wiped. Have a pimple down there and hemriods. I'm scared of colon cancer.

Get check up: If you ahve bleeding, it is a good idea to have a doctor check you and help you find a solution. It is unlikely that you have colon Cancer. Yet bleeding from your rectum can be due to colon cancer and the hemorrhoids can hide colon cancer in some cases. Usually colon cancer occurs in 50+ year olds. But a medical check up now and a good medical record will help you to stay healthy. ...Read more

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1 mm pimple under leftside tongue stung for 1 day now dosnt hurt at all been there 2 days today just looks flat and whitish with a movable skin? Cancer

1 mm pimple under leftside tongue stung for 1 day now dosnt hurt at all been there 2 days today just looks flat and whitish with a movable skin? Cancer

Canker Sore Aphthous: A usual presentation of an aphthous ulcer or a canker sore. Not a typical presentation of cancer, in this area. Common in pipe smokers or tobacco chewers... ...Read more

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Can breast cancer look like a pimple?

Can breast cancer look like a pimple?

Not usually: There are a number of different types of breast cancers and they can have different appearences including a generalized inflamation of the breast -- like a bad rash or sunburn. If the pimple is limited to the skin and not connected to a deeper mass it is unlikely to be anything other than just a pimple. How big is this pimple? If it does not resolve in a week or 2 have an md look at it. ...Read more

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Brown spots on breasts can be squeezed like a pimple and hard stuff comes out of it is it skin cancer??

Brown spots on breasts can be squeezed like a pimple and hard stuff comes out of it is it skin cancer??

Doubtful: Sounds like sebaceous cysts based on your description but you should seek further evaluation. Typical skin cancers do not produce secretions. ...Read more

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Flesh coloured bump at upper lip line grows turns white after a month then puss came out. Pimple or cancer?

Flesh coloured bump at upper lip line grows turns white after a month then puss came out. Pimple or cancer?

Get it seen: I'm betting it's a small epidermoid inclusion cyst. See if your physician can tell you and perhaps excise it when things settle down. Nobody -- not even Hollywood "pretty boys" -- has a perfect face, and you're likely to have a scar here, and a pretty good story to go with it. Try and keep your hands away from it and get seen soon. ...Read more

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Brown spots on breasts can be squeezed like a pimple and hard stuff comes out of it is it skin cancer or normal??

Brown spots on breasts can be squeezed like a pimple and hard stuff comes out of it is it skin cancer or normal??

Spots: This sounds like small sebaceous cysts which you can express the somewhat harder material from. Hard to further say with certainty without examining, but it does not sound like skin cancer. ...Read more

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There's something white on my tongue, like a wart, tuber or a white pimple. Is it a sign of cancer?

Can't tell here: White abnormalities (not just taste buds) should be seen by a dentist or md (perhaps ear, nose, throat doc). Cancer unlikeky at your age. Get examined. ...Read more

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I'm 22 and have 6 to 8 lumps on my head neck and higher back. Their not pimples. It's scaring me I think cancer is in my lymph nodes?

I'm 22 and have 6 to 8 lumps on my head neck and higher back. Their not pimples. It's scaring me I think cancer is in my lymph nodes?

Get them checked: At your age they might be lymph node cancer, which is quite treatable if you get a diagnosis & get started. It might also just be inflamed lymph nodes if your scalp/skin has issues with rash/bug bites, skin infection, etc. You can suffer with the pain of not knowing or get moving and find out. Its up to you to do something. ...Read more

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Infected pimple on left side of face, swollen/painful lymph node under jaw also left side. Should I be worried about cancer? Or is it the pimple

Infected pimple on left side of face, swollen/painful lymph node under jaw also left side. Should I be worried about cancer? Or is it the pimple

Reactive node: Any inflammation, irritation, or infection involving the face, mouth, throat, ear, and scalp can cause enlarged, tender local lymph nodes. Cancer is very unlikely. ...Read more

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Have four dental cleanings per year. Plus recent exam. Noticed white pimple of sorts on floor of mouth. Internet screams cancer. Should I be worried?

Have four dental cleanings per year. Plus recent exam. Noticed white pimple of sorts on floor of mouth. Internet screams cancer. Should I be worried?

Internet Diagnosis: A lesion (if that is what it is) such as yours cannot be diagnosed over the internet. You visit your dentist four times per year and have what appears to be a healthy, solid relationship. It would be so much better to express your concerns to your dentist, someone who has seen you many times and can certainly alleviate your concerns. ...Read more

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I have pimples that when you pop them there is clear fluid that drains out I have had cancer 2 times someone said it has to do with WBC should I be?

I have pimples that when you pop them there is clear fluid that drains out I have had cancer 2 times someone said it has to do with WBC should I be?

Sebum: Clear fluid from pimples is indicative of sebum, which is a naturally produced substance derived from sebaceous glands. I do not believe this condition has anything to do with white blood cells, but with your history, I would still encourage you to seek dermatologic care to not only get treatment, but peace of mind. ...Read more

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Got this pimple bump like thing on the back of my neck and 4 weeks ago got bad sunburn blisters on neck sholders and scalp. Is it cancer bump?

Got this pimple bump like thing on the back of my neck and 4 weeks ago got bad sunburn blisters on neck sholders and scalp. Is it cancer bump?

Get a medical examin: If this bump is growing in size, then you need to get it checked soon. Your doctor can guide you as to its nature (? Benign or malignant) and also remove it if it does not go away on its own which many of the benign conditions do in a matter of 1-2 months. Good luck. ...Read more

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Feel lump on rt side of nostril crevice where it meets cheek. Can't see it. Hurts to touch or scrunch my nose. Reaccuring. Pimple? Sinus cancer?

Duration?: Sounds like a small furuncle (boil) in the melolabial crease. Depending on the duration of symptoms, time and warm compresses may help. Persistent symptoms may warrant a physician visit and antibiotics or biopsy. ...Read more

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I've a red pimple-like spot on nose, near wart removal. I feel so anxious it's cancer. I have an apt soon, but what can I do/look for in meantime?

I've a red pimple-like spot on nose, near wart removal. I feel so anxious it's cancer. I have an apt soon, but what can I do/look for in meantime?

Probably nothing: Skin lesions that are malignant ie squamous Ca, basal cell Ca appear as areas of superficial ulceration, with some bleeding and rescabing. If there is a small red area near previous wart, probably inflammatory. Use A&D ointment q day for about 2 wks and see what happens. If progression to ulceration then try EFUDEX (fluorouracil). ...Read more

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Teeny bump, looks like tiny whitehead pimple, on lower lashline, location where I put eyeliner. No hx of skin cancer. Sound like a cancer? Not in waterline.

Teeny bump, looks like tiny whitehead pimple, on lower lashline, location where I put eyeliner. No hx of skin cancer. Sound like a cancer? Not in waterline.

R/o Chalazion: 34 year old lady with a possible hordeolum or chalazion. Please try using a hot compress on the eye for about 10-15 minutes. Please don't burn your eye use a reasonable temperature. See the attached link. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more