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Scab in left nostril won't go away, 5 months now. Causes nose bleeding every few weeks. Cancer? If not, how can I remedy this? I am a Non smoker.

Scab in left nostril won't go away, 5 months now. Causes nose bleeding every few weeks. Cancer? If not, how can I remedy this? I am a Non smoker.

See ENT doctor: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. Five months is long enough to wait and watch, it is time to see an ENT doctor and if needed have the lesion removed. ...Read more

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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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I have a scab on the crown of my head could it be cancer?

I have a scab on the crown of my head could it be cancer?

Scab: Any nonhealing skin lesion can be malignant. If this lesion doesn't heal have your physician examine it but it may well be a nonmalignant lesion like psoriasis for example, but you will get peace of mind. ...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.?

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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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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I have a scab on my hand that I cant just pick off. Neosporin did nothing too. Could this be skin cancer? I'm only 25 though and never go tanning

How long: How long has the scab been present? What is it from originally? In general if you recall an injury to the area and the scab is adherent, just give it time. However, if the lesion just looks like a scab and isn't from a recent injury I would recommend getting it checked. If an area is not healing, or nor resolving after a few weeks have it checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a sma mole on my back that hasn't grown but has white/very light brown crust over like a scab its been there a few weeks. Could this be cancer?

I have a sma mole on my back that hasn't grown but has white/very light brown crust over like a scab its been there a few weeks. Could this be cancer?

Were it that simple: Without a photograph it's not possible to speculate on your particular growth.

But, some very basic and accurate information on skin cancer with photos is provided by the american academy of dermatology, and a link is below.

https://www. Aad. Org/public/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/types-of-skin-cancer

A virtual consult with a photo provided might also be of some help for you. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between melanoma, the other skin cancers, and moles/scabs?

How can you tell the difference between melanoma, the other skin cancers, and moles/scabs?

Skin exam/biopsy: A dermatologist can recognize the difference between these in many cases just off of a skin exam. If they still have a concern/suspicion, a biopsy can be performed to definitively identify the lesion. ...Read more

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I noticed a scab on the side of my nose today but don't remember scratching it. It looks like it could be bleeding. Could it be cancer?

I noticed a scab on the side of my nose today but don't remember scratching it. It looks like it could be bleeding. Could it be cancer?

Unlikely: It is common to have small scab especially in very dry air. Removing the scab may cause tear to superficial nasal vessels causing bleeding. ...Read more

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Scab on face for 2 years, heals then opens & bleeds on a continuous cycle. Had a biopsy and they said it wasn't skin cancer. HELP it's ugly and stings?

Scab on face for 2 years, heals then opens & bleeds on a continuous cycle. Had a biopsy and they said it wasn't skin cancer. HELP it's ugly and stings?

Non-healing lesion: Even though this is not cancerous I would consider removing the lesion. Discuss with your doctor or dermatologist. There is little reason to have such a lesion on your face, this could be some type of a tract or the opening to a cyst. Seek another opinion if you do not get satisfaction. ...Read more

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I found a spot on my nose that looks like it could be skin cancer but I was able to peel it off like a scab is it?

Possibly: Sounds more like skin damage from the sun called Actinic Keratosis. Go to your primary care physician and they should be able to freeze it off. ...Read more

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I have a small circular scab on side of my foot for a while, I picked it off &theres a chunk missing with red dot present. Could it be skin cancer?

I have a small circular scab on side of my foot for a while, I picked it off &theres a chunk missing with red dot present. Could it be skin cancer?

Need more info: It is unlikely to be skin cancer. Did you hurt that site? Was it subject to constant rubbing from shoes or something else? For now watchful waiting is appropriate. If the lesion does not bleed, ulcerate, become foul smelling or has a discharge, you may give it time to heal.
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Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Concerned about 1mm sore beside eyebrow that hasn't healed over a month. No change in size no scab. Looks like red dot. Can this be skin cancer?

Not likely: A 1mm lesion is likely benign and represents either a blood blister, hemangioma or focal inflammatory/vascular extravasation from bug bite. Is it raised? Does it itch? It is very unlikely that a pinpoint red 1mm macule is cancerous. If you are worried, a visit to the dermatologist will give you the reassurance you need. ...Read more

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I have 5-7 lumps on my neck, behind ear, spine. They start out like a small hard lump or large lump and scab over. I'm 22. is this cancer? It don't hurt

I have 5-7 lumps on my neck, behind ear, spine. They start out like a small hard lump or large lump and scab over. I'm 22. is this cancer? It don't hurt

Possibly infection: If the lesions end up with scabs it sounds more likely that these lumps are infection such as a boil or abscess. However, I tend to be conservative and the lumps should be evaluated and if necessary a biopsy may be taken or if there is discharge then a culture could be taken. See a medical provider. Good luck ...Read more

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Is there a visual distinction from a lupus sore or cancer sore? Small scab at tip of nose. Scab not healing. I have sle with discoid as symptom

See a dermatologist: The best course is to have a dermatologist evaluate the lesion. A biopsy may be needed to establish the cause. ...Read more

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Small 3/8" scab-lump on scalp won't heal. Been there over 6 months. Does not change in size or hurt. Just won't go away. Afraid its cancer?

Scalp lump: Most skin conditions like this should be evaluated by a physician. In sun exposed areas, tissue damage results in changes in the nature and texture of the skin, including benign things like seborrheic keratosis, but also skin cancers like basal and squamous cell tumors. A biopsy always takes guesswork out of the equation. ...Read more

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I have a scab on my head that won't go away.?

I have a scab on my head that won't go away.?

Stop picking it: Either stop picking it, or, if u swear up and down ur not, get it taken off! Truth is get it checked out either way. ...Read more

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I have scabs on my bald head that won't go away. How can I make them go away?

I have scabs on my bald head that won't go away. How can I make them go away?

Could be: Also tinea capitis, which is fungal infection of the scalp. If keeping it moist with ointment doesn't help, maybe Clotrimazole topical to can. Best yet, see your doctor for an exam and a treatment plan. It could be simple scabs, fungus or basal cell skin cancer. ...Read more

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I get painless red spots on the head& shaft of my penis, after sex, takes a month to go away. No condoms, same gf for 7 years. Penile cancer?

I get painless red spots on the head& shaft of my penis, after sex, takes a month to go away. No condoms, same gf for 7 years. Penile cancer?

Not likely, but. ..: This description does not sound like cancer. It may be a skin infection/ disease. Need to show these lesions to a skin doctor or your family doc. ...Read more

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I have a soar on top of my head that will not heal it scabs over but does not go away?

I have a soar on top of my head that will not heal it scabs over but does not go away?

Nonhealing Sore: The typical warning symptom for this type of skin cancer is a sore that will not heal and frequently bleeds. Yet, it can take on other forms, like:
flat, scaly patch
oozing, crusty sore,
depression centered bump,
scar looking spot without previous injury
pearly white, waxy bump with tiny blood vessels. ...Read more

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I have sore hard lumps around the crown and back of my head. They eventually scab over and sometimes go away while others appear. What causes this?

I have sore hard lumps around the crown and back of my head. They eventually scab over and sometimes go away while others appear. What causes this?

Several options: Without examining you I cannot give you a 100% answer. However, some thoughts are acne keloidalis (sometimes seen with really short haircuts), could also be a form of scalp cellulitis. I would suggest you see a dermatologist who can help clarify the answer and best recommend treatment. ...Read more

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Worried I might have skin cancer? One pink spot looks like a bite but won't go away

Worried I might have skin cancer? One pink spot looks like a bite but won't go away

See your doctor: Sometimes, it is not easy to differentiate a small basal cell carcinoma. Many times, it looks pinkish-just exactly the same as your skin color. If the spot/growth does not go away, bring it up to your doctor and your doctor can refer you to a dermatologist for better evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more