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Skin tag, cancer or ingrown hair?

Skin tag, cancer or ingrown hair?

Neither: Skin tag (medical term is acrochordon) is a small benign tumor that forms primarily in areas where the skin forms creases, such as the neck, armpit, and groin. They may also occur on the face, usually on the eyelids. Acrochorda are harmless and typically painless, and do not grow or change over time. ...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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I have a lump under my skin near my vagina. It isn't painful but im scared. What is it? Is it a cyst, cancer, or ingrown hair.

I have a lump under my skin near my vagina. It isn't painful but im scared. What is it? Is it a cyst, cancer, or ingrown hair.

Get examined: You need to see a GYN MD tp visually assess the lump in real time and be able to tell you what it is and what needs to be done about it, if anything. ...Read more

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What are ingrown hair lump and cancer lump?

What are ingrown hair lump and cancer lump?

Do not be misled!: Any lump which is growing can be cancerous... So it needs to be checked by a doctor unless you are sure what you are dealing with. There is nothing clear cut about an ingrown hair lump... I do not know what it is, so, if you have a lump, either it is benign or cancerous. Benign lumps are temporary(a few exceptions) and they do not grow steadily. They are often due to infections(painful) or a lipoma. ...Read more

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How to differentiate between an ingrown hair, razor bump, cancer, or lymph node?

How to differentiate between an ingrown hair, razor bump, cancer, or lymph node?

Ask your doctor: A superficial lump in an area in which you shave is most likely an inflammatory reaction to the irritation from shaving, or from a blocked hair follicle. Cancer is unlikely, and lymph nodes are not superficial. Also, ingrown hairs and razor bumps likely come on quickly and will go away if you leave them alone, but a cancer won't. See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I'm 21. I color my hair is there anything wrong can happen like skin cancer or something else? Is ammonia bad for skin? Give some tips. Thanks.

I'm 21. I color my hair is there anything wrong can happen like skin cancer or something else? Is ammonia bad for skin? Give some tips. Thanks.

Too many variables : If done correctly, coloring one's hair does not lead to skin cancer based on the literature. Chemical caustics like ammonia in low concentrations and time exposure are also safe. It's hard to give tips beyond this. ...Read more

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I have a path on my face that takes away my skin and hair pixels. I've had it sense I was born. And it keeps spreading. Is it skin cancer?

I have a path on my face that takes away my skin and hair pixels. I've had it sense I was born. And it keeps spreading. Is it skin cancer?

Need exam: The patch may be harmless, but a dermatologist (skin doctor) should look at it to determine why it is spreading. It is not likely to be cancer, but it could be. In any case, it might need attention now. ...Read more

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Skin cancer under hair, possible?

Skin cancer under hair, possible?

Sometimes: Skin cancers most often develop on areas of sun-exposed skin including the scalp, face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms, dorsum(top) of hands, and legs. However, they can form in areas that are rarely sun-exposed such as the palms, fingernail/toenail beds, and even the genitals. Not all skin changes are due to skin cancer. A physician can check any skin changes that worry you and make suggestions. ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could skin cancer make your hair quit growing?

No.: Hair growth is not affected by localized skin cancer. Though, patients can lose hair if they are getting chemotherapy for certain types of cancer. ...Read more

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Can laser hair removal lead to skin cancer?

Can laser hair removal lead to skin cancer?

Not likely: Anything is possible but laser hair removal has been very popular worldwide for over ten years and with the number of people enjoying it we haven't observed a jump in skin cancer. The wavelengths of light typically used for hair removal are in the range of 550-1100nm while those of uva and b, typically felt to cause skin cancer are in the 10-300nm range. ...Read more

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Are there risks for laser hair removal? Skin cancer?

Are there risks for laser hair removal? Skin cancer?

No cancer risk: You're only 19. Make sure that you really want that hair removed. You may meet someone wonderful in the future who likes a hairy guy. Try shaving for now. ...Read more

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If a doctor cuts a skin cancer out of your eyebrow will hair regrow to cover it?

If a doctor cuts a skin cancer out of your eyebrow will hair regrow to cover it?

No, but...: If skin is removed that contains hair follicles, the resulting scar will not regrow hair. Often, when these cancers are removed from the brows, the adjacent skin can be moved over, resulting in a natural looking brow without a gap in the hair. ...Read more

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I've a red spot on my forehead near hair (like cherry angioma), doesn't bleed, but sensitive. I did scratch. Tight ponytails = hair loss? Skin cancer?

I've a red spot on my forehead near hair (like cherry angioma), doesn't bleed, but sensitive. I did scratch. Tight ponytails = hair loss? Skin cancer?

RED SPOT ON FOREHEAD: DEAR DOROTHY5
I AM SORRY, BUT I CANNOT SEE THIS "RED SPOT".
SHOW IT TO YOUR REGULAR DOCTOR, OR BETTER YET, LET A DERMATOLOGIST CHECK IT OUT.
AND I DO NOT KNOW HOW LONG YOU HAVE HAD IT. ...Read more

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Is there any correlation between laser hair removal with gentlemax pro and skin cancer? Or breast cancer, in case of hair removal on chest area?

Is there any correlation between laser hair removal with gentlemax pro and skin cancer? Or breast cancer, in case of hair removal on chest area?

No, none: There is no effect on the odds of developing breast cancer from such procedures. Yet breast cancer develops in one of 8 women in their lifetime... So there is always the risk of coincidence in some cases. Therefore, you need to know the natural risks here, as well as family history of breast cancer can increase the odds. ...Read more

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Bugbite-like growth on scalp for 4 weeks. At first skin color, but now looks red inflamed. Symmetrical, clear borders, not bloody. Looks like one patch of eczema. Black hair, 28 yr male, no family history. Biopsy is pending. What type of skin cancer?

Bugbite-like growth on scalp for 4 weeks. At first skin color, but now looks red inflamed. Symmetrical, clear borders, not bloody. Looks like one patch of eczema. Black hair, 28 yr male, no family history.
Biopsy is pending. What type of skin cancer?

Possibly SSC or AK?: May not be cancer. Traditionally squamous cell cancer (SSC) was infrequent under-age 40. But the incidence is increasing in this age range. The risk increases with use of Tanning booths and living in the Sun Belt. You lesion may be actinic keratosis(AK) (a precursor to SSC), SSC or a non-cancerous skin condition. It would not be Melanoma.see http://bit.ly/1Pj9osP + http://bit.ly/1FTMrdN ...Read more

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Can laser treatment for facial hair cause vitamin d deficiency or skin cancer?

Can laser treatment for facial hair cause vitamin d deficiency or skin cancer?

Neither is caused: By laser hair removal treatments, most of which utilize infrared laser wavelengths. This is non-ionizing energy and will not cause skin cancer. Drink milk daily and you will have plenty of vitamin d, especially if you are in the sunlight for 10 or 15 minutes a day as well. ...Read more

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Can laser treatment for facial hair lead to a vitamin d deficiency or cause skin cancer?

Can laser treatment for facial hair lead to a vitamin d deficiency or cause skin cancer?

No: Neither has ever been reported. The wavelengths used are not in the spectrum to cause either condition. ...Read more

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