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How do you know if you have skin cancer on your back and butt?

How do you know if you have skin cancer on your back and butt?

Biopsy: See a doctor so that if needed a biopsy may be taken to be examined by a pathologist for definitive diagnosis. ...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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Used space heater close to skin for 3-4 months. Notice multiple small on my butt leading to mid back. Skin cancer?

Used space heater close to skin for 3-4 months. Notice multiple small on my butt leading to mid back. Skin cancer?

Doubt it: Is it erythema ab igne? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythema_ab_igne Everybody does ill-advised things and I'm really glad you didn't do something more serious. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Ive got a lot of boils in my butt. Maybe dec. 2014. Till now i already had 10+ boils. Is it sign of skin cancer or blood cancer or what?

Ive got a lot of boils in my butt. Maybe dec. 2014. Till now i already had 10+ boils. Is it sign of skin cancer or blood cancer or what?

Your doctor can help: Frequent infections (boils) can be due to diabetes(high blood sugar) or due to poor heigene especially if you are over weight. Bathing and liberal use of soap twice daily(morning/evening) would help. Also get your blood sugar checked. On rare cases, there is immune deficiency which can be checked for by an internist, so go see one. ...Read more

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Should a full body skin cancer screening include examining buttocks and genitalia?

Should a full body skin cancer screening include examining buttocks and genitalia?

Yes absolutely: Yes absolutely, whole body including genitalia and buttocks.. Eyes should be checked for melanoma; the most aggressive cancer of skin cancers. Moles on skin surface characteristic cancer pattern; asymmetric; color change, growth in diameter. Be sure to wear sunblock even if cloudy during day and especially when sun UV light strongest between 10:00AM and 2:00PM ...Read more

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Could a black painful lump on the back be skin cancer?

Could a black painful lump on the back be skin cancer?

Need evaluation: All skin lesions need to be evaluated by trained eye , some one at your age ( 17 ) probably not serious , is true , only after seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a small scab on my back I'm afraid it may be skin cancer. ?

I have a small scab on my back I'm afraid it may be skin cancer. ?

Be proactive: hi I don't have any mention of your age so determining the probability of this been cancer is a bit harder the best thing to do is to have it examined. A good skin examination will reveal if you need to have any concerns. the best thing to do now is to have a physician look at your scab and the rest of your skin. best wishes and happy holidays ...Read more

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A black scab appeared on my back. How can I know if it's skin cancer?

A black scab appeared on my back. How can I know if it's skin cancer?

Sure it's a scab?: The word "scab" usually means dried blood (like on a skinned knee). Dangerous skin cancers (melanomas) can be black but usually begin as flat dark spots that do not protrude upward from the skin until later. All black skin lesions should be evaluated by a physician ASAP! Please show this to your doctor immediately. Good luck. ...Read more

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Skin itch ? I have one small spot on my upper back that I he's like crazy for a few months. Should I have it checked for skin cancer

Skin itch ? I have one small spot on my upper back that I he's like crazy for a few months. Should I have it checked for skin cancer

Get checked, yes.: Any change in the skin is worth getting checked to be safe. Itching can be a sign, but does not mean cancer for sure. Only an exam and biopsy can tell. See http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/skin-cancer/about/skin-cancer-symptoms ...Read more

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What are some early signs of skin cancer? I have random marks all over my skin from years back that never go away?

What are some early signs of skin cancer? I have random marks all over my skin from years back that never go away?

Skin cancer: Skin cancer signs may include a spot or bump that is changing size, color, or shape. Also an area that does not heal may represent a skin cancer . See a dermatologist for any suspicious areas and a routine skin exam. ...Read more

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How fast does basal cell skin cancer spread if the doctors report came back "deep"?

Very very slowly: While basal cell carcinoma can metastasize and spread from the skin, it is very unlikely to do so unless they are very big (larger than the size of your fist). For the most part, bcc are slow growing cancers that can destroy surrounding tissue if neglected. So if you have been diagnosed with one, i would followup with your dermatologist or mohs surgeon soon to get it treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more