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Doctor insights on: Skin Cancer That Looks Like A Wart

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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 look like wart, what is this?

Skin cancer look like wart, what is this?

There are a number: Of types of skin cancer. Please have this lesion evaluated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have skin cancer, wart or just a regular mole?

How can I tell if I have skin cancer, wart or just a regular mole?

Get it examined: There are different types of skin cancer, which have different appearances. In general, any lesion which is getting larger in size is concerning. Ulceration, bleeding and itching are other concerning signs. Pain is usually not present, unless the cancer is large. Melanomas can be identified by the abcd's. I don't have room for that here. Get it checked out by your pcp or dermatologist. ...Read more

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How can a doctor exam to know if I have a mole or wart or if its skin cancer?

How can a doctor exam to know if I have a mole or wart or if its skin cancer?

Experience: An experienced physician can usually diagnose skin disorders just by seeing and examining the patient. Many lesions like moles and warts are easily diagnosed, while others need to be biopsied to determine exactly what they are. I would recommend seeing your physician for a skin check if you notice any lumps or bumps that concern you. A biopsy will prove for certain whether or not it is a cancer. ...Read more

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HIV positive, biopsied lesion/bump on face shows Verruca Vulgaris. Is is possible the warts might turn to skin cancer?

HIV positive, biopsied lesion/bump on face shows Verruca Vulgaris. Is is possible the warts might turn to skin cancer?

Very unlikely: It is highly unlikely that a common wart (verruca vulgaris) on your face would potentially turn into a skin cancer. However the risk is not zero. A long-standing wart, untreated and chronically inflamed, can potentially turn into cancer. The type of cancer is most commonly squamous cell carcinoma. We do see this in some warts under the finger nail that convert over years (5 to 10 years). ...Read more

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I am experiencing skin bumps. The following also describes me: Scaly lesions. What should I do? Not sure if warts on shin or skin cancer. Can provide pictures.

Exam needed: Your physician or a dermatologist would have to examine you in order to make a diagnosis of these skin lesions. They may well be benign, but for peace of mind, get examined. ...Read more

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I am HIV positive. Dermatologist biopsied lesions/bumps on my upper lip that are Verruca Vulgaris. Am I at risk for the warts turning to skin cancer?

I am HIV positive. Dermatologist biopsied lesions/bumps on my upper lip that are Verruca Vulgaris. Am I at risk for the warts turning to skin cancer?

Warts: Verruca vulgaris also known as warts are caused by the human papilloma virus. They're generally benign and can be treated with topical salicylic acid and/or cryotherapy if you find them aestheticically displeasing. Regardless, see your primary doctor for these treatment options. ...Read more

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I've had a scar that looks like it has blackheads on it. I know there not blackheads tho and it will not go away what could this be? Skin cancer?

I've had a scar that looks like it has blackheads on it. I know there not blackheads tho and it will not go away what could this be? Skin cancer?

See a dermatologist: For accurate assessment. We would only be guessing without ability to at least visualize the lesion. Take care. ...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

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The patch of skin on my arm looks like a bruise. Is it skin cancer?

The patch of skin on my arm looks like a bruise. Is it skin cancer?

Have the lesion: Evaluated by a dermatologist. I encourage my patients to see their dermatologist annually for a head to toe evaluation. ...Read more

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1 mm pimple under leftside tongue stung for 1 day now dosnt hurt at all been there 2 days today just looks flat and whitish with a movable skin? Cancer

1 mm pimple under leftside tongue stung for 1 day now dosnt hurt at all been there 2 days today just looks flat and whitish with a movable skin? Cancer

Canker Sore Aphthous: A usual presentation of an aphthous ulcer or a canker sore. Not a typical presentation of cancer, in this area. Common in pipe smokers or tobacco chewers... ...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?

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'm 18 & I have had eczema all my life & I've noticed that n certain parts of my body where I have a rash it looks like a bruise. Can it be skin cancer?

Eczema is quite: Difficult to treat. If it were me I'd try eliminating all dyes and fragrances from my life and/or try eating wheat free. Skin cancer is extremely uncommon at 18 but not impossible. Does it look like a bruise or on closer inspection, or is it more brownish? Sometimes areas that have been inflamed (eczema) turn brown afterwards. If you have a family history of melanoma, see MD. O/w no diagnosis ...Read more

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Teeny bump, looks like tiny whitehead pimple, on lower lashline, location where I put eyeliner. No hx of skin cancer. Sound like a cancer? Not in waterline.

Teeny bump, looks like tiny whitehead pimple, on lower lashline, location where I put eyeliner. No hx of skin cancer. Sound like a cancer? Not in waterline.

R/o Chalazion: 34 year old lady with a possible hordeolum or chalazion. Please try using a hot compress on the eye for about 10-15 minutes. Please don't burn your eye use a reasonable temperature. See the attached link. Good luck. ...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?

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 what looks like a skin tag on neck. It is red and irritated. Should I be concerned it is a nodular melanoma? Does skin cancer appear overnite?

I have what looks like a skin tag on neck. It is red and irritated. Should I be concerned it is a nodular melanoma? Does skin cancer appear overnite?

Skin tags: skin tags don't occur over night, nor do cancers.
See a dermatologist to evaluate your skin tag and have it removed.
Good luck from NYC. ...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