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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 life time...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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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 also. 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

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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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I have 4 new moles on scalp can they be skin cancer?

Not sure: Sorry, but without looking and feeling, really unable to tell. Best to see your doctor for evaluation. Best of luck. Dr R 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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Is it true picking at sores from Seborrheic dermatitis on scalp cause skin cancer bc they don't get chance to heal? I try not to but it's hard.

Is it true picking at sores from Seborrheic dermatitis on scalp cause skin cancer bc they don't get chance to heal? I try not to but it's hard.

No that is not true: But instead of picking first try salicylic acid shampoo and see dermatologist for great topical prescriptions to remove scales Read more

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Four Doctors say brown dark bumps itchy and burn is Atopic Eczema behind and inside ears and scalp Asian female tan skin, worry skin cancer. Thoughts?

Four Doctors say brown dark bumps itchy and burn is Atopic Eczema behind and inside ears and scalp Asian female tan skin, worry skin cancer. Thoughts?

Doubt cancer: On location, it may actually be seborrhea. That's easy to manage though not curable. It may be infected / impetigenized whichight explain burning. Read up on this and ask your pharmacist what might be worth trying. 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 too much heat on head from dryers cause skin cancer?

Can too much heat on head from dryers cause skin cancer?

NO: That will not cause skin cancer, but constant exposure to sun (actinic rays), insensitive individuals may result skin cancer, not occasional heat from deers. Read more

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Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...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