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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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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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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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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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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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My wife has a mole on her back that has grown and is now off white crusty. Is this skin cancer?

My wife has a mole on her back that has grown and is now off white crusty. Is this skin cancer?

Time to see your doc: Changes in the appearance of any mole warrants a trip to your friendly dermatologist. ...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. ?

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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Can't afford to finish having a spitz nevi removed I'm 46 no skin cancer history should I worry if it comes back?

Can't afford to finish having a spitz nevi removed I'm 46 no skin cancer history should I worry if it comes back?

Yes: Review your finances and talk to your doctor about a payment plan. Finish your treatment. All the best. ...Read more

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Don't want to go back to a tanning bed again because of my fear of developing skin cancer. Is it possible that i might already have it?

Don't want to go back to a tanning bed again because of my fear of developing skin cancer. Is it possible that i might already have it?

Impossible to tell: The risk of tanning is related to the amount or dosage of radiation that your receive. Try to limit the radiation that your receive and keep a close eye on your skin as you get older. The tanning effect may not manifest itself for years. ...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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I've had seb. dermatitis 2.5 yrs. and sometimes I itch scalp back and it bleeds. I fear skin cancer? I try not to itch, but sometimes can't help it.

I've had seb. dermatitis 2.5 yrs. and sometimes I itch scalp back and it bleeds. I fear skin cancer? I try not to itch, but sometimes can't help it.

There is no cure for: seb derm, so if itching starts again you likely need prescription medications. Also make sure the diagnosis is correct by seeing dermatologist ...Read more

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My path results came back from a lump i had removed saying i had basal cell carcinoma, does this mean I have skin cancer or just the lump is cancerous?

My path results came back from a lump i had removed saying i had basal cell carcinoma, does this mean I have skin cancer or just the lump is cancerous?

See a dermatologist: The best treatment for a biopsy proven basal cell carcinoma (bcc) is to have it surgically removed. However, bccs come in various subtypes from mild to more aggressive, and it it important to choose the best treatment. For areas on the head and neck , and cosmetically sensitive areas see an acms fellowship trained mohs surgeon. Visit http://www.Skincancermohssurgery.Org/ for more information. ...Read more

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Strawbery blonde wih many freckles, have noticed several shiny bumps on skin (face, back of neck & arms) only 28 and worried it could be skin cancer?

Get checked: It is not too early to get a full body skin cancer examination to evaluate all marks and determine if any should not be there. Use a sunscreen with an spf of 30 or greater and reapply every two hours. ...Read more

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I have had a dark red raised bump on my back for about 2 months - looks like a combination of a pimple and blood blister. Could this be skin cancer?

I have had a dark red raised bump on my back for about 2 months -  looks like a combination of a pimple and blood blister. Could this be skin cancer?

Skin lesion: Any lesion on the skin that has increased in size or changed in appearance should be evaluated by your doctor. If it has changed it should be removed. ...Read more

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DERMATOLOGY : Fleshy colored skin tag or skin cancer near my eye. I scratched it off but it grew back. What is this & how can I get rid of it?

DERMATOLOGY :  Fleshy colored skin tag or skin cancer near my eye.  I scratched it off but it grew back.  What is this & how can I get rid of it?

You need to see a: dermatologist to have lesion removed, since you have had MOHS surgery I suggest you go to that dermatolgist and have it removed so you won't have to worry and it can be tested. hope that helps ...Read more

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I'm 26 weeks pregnant & just found out I have a basal cell skin cancer. Do I need to be concerned? Had a mole biopsied that came back as basal cell.

I'm 26 weeks pregnant & just found out I have a basal cell skin cancer.  Do I need to be concerned?  Had a mole biopsied that came back as basal cell.

See dermatologist: Basal cell cancers tend to grow fairly slowly so delaying treatment until after your pregnancy may be ok. But it really depends where it is and how extensive it is and what kind of basal cell cancer it is. You might be able to have it removed under local anesthesia especially in the second trimester. You should talk to a dermatologist to go over the options. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

A condition in which some element of your skin--which is one of the most complex organs in the body--degenerates into cancer. The three most common types of skin cancer 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 and ...Read more


Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

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