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I have red/purple marks on the top of the crack on my buttocks. Worried it might be skin cancer.?

I have red/purple marks on the top of the crack on my buttocks. Worried it might be skin cancer.?

One consideration...: ...but since we don't have access to a picture of your lesion (s), we can only advise that you get examined locally ASAP to be sure. ...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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My body is covered in what looks like pimples. They keep growing & filling with a milky puss & crack open & seep blood then get deeper. Skin cancer?

My body is covered in what looks like pimples. They keep growing & filling with a milky puss & crack open & seep blood then get deeper. Skin cancer?

Skin cancer: You definitely do not have skin cancer, it sounds more like an infectious process caused either by bacteria or virus. You would definitely benefit by a trip to a dermatologist ...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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I've 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?

I've 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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Do I have skin cancer?

Do I have skin cancer?

Needs evaluation: Do you sores that will not heal? Pale skin or red hair? Have you had common exposure to bright sunlight with frequent sunburns? Are there nodules on your skin that are growing irregularly. Check with your dermatologist if any of these are present. ...Read more

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Is skin cancer hereditary?

Is skin cancer hereditary?

Can be: There can be a family component to many cancers including skin cancers. This should not be taken lightly. Sun exposure is another large risk factor for skin cancer. The two together can be very dangerous. If you have a strong family history, lots of sun exposure, or any enlarging skin lesions, be evaluated by your local doctor and/or dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can skin cancer be treated?

How can skin cancer be treated?

Usually surgery: Most skin cancers are treated initially with surgical excision. In some cases, depending on the type of tumor, other modalities may be employed. These include radiation, chemotherapy, photodynamic therapy, cryotherapy, and others. ...Read more

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How harmful is the skin cancer?

How harmful is the skin cancer?

Depends > what kind: Depends as to what kind --- 1. Basal cell carcinoma > most of the times less harmful 2. Squamous cell carcinoma > more harmful 3. Malignant melanoma > very very harmful. ...Read more

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Skin cancer types, what are they?

Skin cancer types, what are they?

Many: Most common
basal cell carcinoma
squamous cell carcinoma
melanoma
in that order. ...Read more

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What to do if I have skin cancer?

See a doc.: Most skin cancers are diagnosed by biopsy of the skin. If you are concerned that you have a skin malignancy, see a physician or other provider or go to a clinic. Treatment may include excision of the lesion and/or in some instances treatment with a topical solution / ointment. Do not neglect or ignore a skin cancer, as some can have serious health impacts. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of skin cancer?

What are the symptoms of skin cancer?

It depends: There are different types of skin cancers. For melanoma, it can present as mole or pigmented lesions that changes color, grows, ulcerates and bleeds. For squamous cell ca, early stage starts like tiny skin plaques with thick flicky skin that can grow ulcerate with heaved up margins. Basal cell ca may have different forms but check with you physcian if not sure. ...Read more

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Is skin cancer hereditary in any way?

Is skin cancer hereditary in any way?

Yes, but it varies: The most common factor causing skin cancers is sun exposure. There are some genetic disorders which make an individual more prone to developing a skin cancer. Different families and/or syndromes have different risks of cancer. If you have any skin lesions which are suspicious, be sure to have them checked out. If you have a strong family history, see your dermatologist early. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Which are the symptoms of skin cancer?

Changes: Changes in size, shape and thickness associated with bleeding from existing or recent lesions. Please have the lesion evaluated by a specialist for biopsy ...Read more

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What defines the stages of skin cancer?

What defines the stages of skin cancer?

TNM: Cancers are generally staged according to a t-n-m classification. A tumor is scored based on characteristics of the tumor, nodal spread, and metastasis. So, based on the size or depth of a skin cancer, it will receive a certain t score. The n score is based on whether it has spread to lymph nodes, and the m score tells you if it has spread to a distant site. The combination gives the staging. ...Read more

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Can skin cancer be cured at this point?

Can skin cancer be cured at this point?

Majority are cured: Majority of skin cancer- like squamous cell, basal cell cancer- even melanoma- will be cured with surgical resection- if caught early. However if melanoma/cancerous mole is not caught early and already spreads to other distant organs then that would make it incurable. Other skin cancers such as skin lymphoma (cutaneous t cell lymphoma) - can be also difficult to cure- however it is treatable. ...Read more

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What are the initial signs of skin cancer?

What are the initial signs of skin cancer?

Changing lesions: Lesions that are most concerning for cancer are non healing and frequently bleed or crust. Cancers such as basal cell cancers can have overlying vascularity called telangiectasias which are pathognomonic. Melanoma can be asymmetric, have irregular borders, pigment changes, be large in diameter and evolve or change over time. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I may have skin cancer?

Seek input: See your doctor, who may refer you to a dermatologist, general surgeon, or plastic surgeon. You may well be wrong, so seek professional evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could it be that I have skin cancer at age 15?

Could it be that I have skin cancer at age 15?

A possibility: It is unlikely for a 15 yo to get the most common types of skin cancer, namely squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma. However, the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma, can certainly occur in a 15 yo or even in younger patients.
Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults aged 25-29 ; the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults aged 15-29. ...Read more

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What is the natural way of dealing skin cancer?

What is the natural way of dealing skin cancer?

Skin cancer tx: There is no natural way of dealing with skin cancer. They need to be surgically removed. Some skin cancers, like early basal cell carcinoma and early squamous cell carcinoma can be treated with topical applications of an immune system stimulating cream. More developed versions of these need to be surgically removed. Melanoma always needs surgical treatment. ...Read more

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How would you determine if you have skin cancer?

How would you determine if you have skin cancer?

Skin cancer: Most skin cancers are the result of excessive sun exposure/tanning. Genetics play a strong role too. Any skin lesion that is changing size, color, shape or an area that does not heal is suspicious for skin cancer and should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why would skin cancer not be considered a real cancer?

Skin Cancer: Skin cancer is absolutely considered a real cancer and should not be ignored! However, there are many types of skin cancer that have different prognoses. Some of the less invasive types, such as basal cell carcinoma, are occasionaly referred to as "good" cancers. Although no cancer is good cancer, these types tend to spread less frequently and have excellent prognoses if treated properly. ...Read more

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What is the signs of skin cancer to a guy in his 20's?

What is the signs of skin cancer to a guy in his 20's?

Same as guy in 50s: Ulceration. Bleeding. Growth, change, variable pigmentation, and more. ...Read more

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What are my chances of having skin cancer? Is it common?

Very: If you are light-skinned and have a lot of sun exposure, you can almost expect to get skin cancer. Keep an eye on your skin, and have someone help for where you can't see. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What would you do to decide if you have skin cancer or not?

See Dermatologist: See dermatologist or a plastic surgeon.
Let them examine and tell you > if you have a skin cancer.
Sometimes they may take a biopsy before diagnosing. ...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