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I have dry brown spots under my armpits and they're spreading up my arm and down my sides. So I have cancer? Is it an infection? What do I do?

I have dry brown spots under my armpits and they're spreading up my arm and down my sides. So I have cancer? Is it an infection? What do I do?

See a doctor: This forum is great for general questions, but this sounds like something you should go see your doctor and/or a dermatologist for. ...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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Random brown spots appearing on my left fore arm. Does not hurt or ich. Curious what it is. Does not seem like cancer tho.

Random brown spots appearing on my left fore arm. Does not hurt or ich. Curious what it is. Does not seem like cancer tho.

Nothing serious: It is not Cancer. Most cancers are raised bumpy lesions. You are too young to have Cancer of the skin anyway.
But watch these spots over the next few months. If they increase in size (check if they are growing in size) then you may need to consult a physician and get it evaluated. ...Read more

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I have a light brown spots on the arm, near the armpit and lately has spread throughout me back a large stain, what can you do?

I have a light brown spots on the arm, near the armpit and lately has spread throughout me back a large stain, what can you do?

See your doctor: You need to be evaluated by a physician or dermatologist. From the above, it sounds like you have other medical problems that could be causing the skin discoloration. ...Read more

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I have dark brown spots on my lower abdomen. And it has spread to my arm what could it be? Can you advise me what to do?!

I have dark brown spots on my lower abdomen. And it has spread to my arm what could it be? Can you advise me what to do?!

Go see a dermatologi: It could be ring worm infection especailly if the brown spots itch.
I would advise you to go see your family doctor or a skin specialist (dermatologist). ...Read more

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Hello doctor I am 22 years old I recently seen some thing growing on my arm its like brown spots but wrinkly its spread to my chest it doesn't itch or?

Hello doctor I am 22 years old I recently seen some thing growing on my arm its like brown spots but wrinkly its spread to my chest it doesn't itch or?

Send us a picture: You can upload a picture of the rash at www. Imgur. Com
the picture will be tagged with its own URL website

You can resubmit the question to us again with the URL address listed and we will be able to view it. This is all done anonymously. ...Read more

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I have brown spots under my armpit... they are not itchy but seems to spread... I noticed the first spot 2 weeks ago and now, I have like 8 more spots?

I have brown spots under my armpit... they are not itchy but seems to spread... I noticed the first spot 2 weeks ago and now, I have like 8 more spots?

It may be simple: hyperpigmentation, a relatively benign concentration of the skin pigment melanin...although this would not occur preferentially in the armpits. Acanthosis nigracans is hyperpigmentation, often in body folds such as armpit/axilla, typically occurring in those <40 yrs, possibly inherited and associated with glandular conditions including obesity, diabetes, thyroid disease. See Dermatologist ...Read more

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I have dark brown spots underneath my armpit area, through out the sides of my ribs aswell. I am over weight, and im 28. What can it be?

I have dark brown spots underneath my armpit area, through out the sides of my ribs aswell. I am over weight, and im 28. What can it be?

Insulin resistance?: Hard to say without seeing it, but I would suspect acanthosis nigricans, which is a darkening and thickening of the skin (which ends up looking "velvety") in the flexural creases, like the underarms, the neck, the popliteal fossa (inner elbow) and the groin. This is a sign of Insulin resistance, which is the mechanism by which overweight people eventually may develop diabetes. ...Read more

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I have 3 brown spots. One under my arm, one on bicep area and one on my vulva. Why do I have these? They're just spots. Not raised or anything.

I have 3 brown spots. One under my arm, one on bicep area and one on my vulva. Why do I have these? They're just spots. Not raised or anything.

Skin lesions: Dark spots on the skin can be completely benign moles, or can be precancerous growths, or skin cancer. The best way to know is to visit your primary care physician, who can look at them and decide if a dermatology eval is indicated. If any of them look concerning, a dermatologist can do further analysis. Concern if any of them are new, growing fast, irregular borders, black. ...Read more

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I have this bruise like thing on arm and it has reddish brown spots around it. It doesn't hurt but itches and now I have a fever. What could it be?

I have this bruise like thing on arm and it has reddish brown spots around it. It doesn't hurt but itches and now I have a fever. What could it be?

Celluliltis of arm: Because of the fever go to your physician for evaluation and treatment
You will likely require antibiotic therapy
If fever is above 101F best go to ER for immediate evaluation
Staph aureus, Group A streptococcus are common skin invading infecting organisms ...Read more

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I have dry, brown, itchy spots under my armpits and they're spreading now. So I have cancer? Is it an infection? What do I do? I have no insurance= (

I have dry, brown, itchy spots under my armpits and they're spreading now. So I have cancer? Is it an infection? What do I do? I have no insurance= (

Hard to say: It's very difficult to diagnose rashes without seeing what it looks like but it may be a fungal infection (sort of like jock itch). You can try looking up clinics if money is an issue. Otherwise, you can call doctors and ask for the cash rate - it's difficult I know but something we've tried to solve with our website - sorry you're not in texas where most of doctors are. ...Read more

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I have painful swollen lymph nodes under my arm pits and along the sides of my breasts. Should I worry? They have been this way for four weeks. I have no other signs of infection. They are really painful. Could it be cancer?

Yes: It is unusual to have breast cancer causing enlarged lymph nodes without a mass in your breast but not impossible
you should see your doctor and have your situation evaluated
an ultrasound and mammogram would be helpful in your work up. ...Read more

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Lymphnodes on left side of my body enlarged and painful- no infection, no Lyme, no HIV, no cancer, and now my hand and arm are physically cold?

Lymphnodes on left side of my body enlarged and painful- no infection, no Lyme, no HIV, no cancer, and now my hand and arm are physically cold?

Nondiagnostic: Has a physician examined you? It is unusual for enlarged, tender lymph nodes to occur con only one side of the body with a systemic disease. Where in your body are the lymph nodes? If they are localized, they are usually reacting to infection/inflammation in that area. Your physician, who knows all the findings, is best qualified to advise you. ...Read more

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I have brown spots on my arms and it's spreading brown ring spots red in middle some are flat?

I have brown spots on my arms and it's spreading brown ring spots red in middle some are flat?

Spots: Brown spots can be due to various reasons. It's hard to diagnose without looking at rash. Can you re post the question with photos or see your doctor. ...Read more

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Could these brown spots on my penis be early signs of cancer?

Could these brown spots on my penis be early signs of cancer?

Penile cancer: Is quite unusual, and without an exam or picture, hard to tell what you mean by "brown spots". Check with your doc, urgent care or a urologist...Do not go to an er. This can likely be resolved with an expert look, if not a biopsy. ...Read more

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The tip of my ears got sunburned it has pealed but there is small brown spots could this be cancer or just a freckling?

The tip of my ears got sunburned it has pealed but there is small brown spots could this be cancer or just a freckling?

Sunscreen: If the sunburn just recently occurred and this is the first major sun damage to the area it is highly unlikely for any cancerous lesion to be present as the type that is most common (basal cell carcinoma) is the result of repetitive significant sun damage. Monitor the area and be sure to use sunscreen daily of at least SPF 30 and look for one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. ...Read more

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I have brown spots on lips? I have 4 of them and they look kind of like freckles and are flat as well. Is this some sort of skin cancer?

I have brown spots on lips? I have 4 of them and they look kind of like freckles and are flat as well. Is this some sort of skin cancer?

See Ender's Game: The movie - teen actor has it too. It is unlikely to be cancer. Peutz jaeger's syndrome, associated with GI avm's is a possibility. Ask your pcp/iternist first. But no rush. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more