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Skin Cancer That Looks Like A Wart
I am probably just overreacting, but I am worried that I may have skin cancer. I have a strange looking mole and what looks like a swollen wart. Do I?
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
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
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
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
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?
Red odorous bumps looks like pimples under penis head partner had cancer causing HPV but treated could she give me genital warts? Or is it yeast inf?
Need to be seen: This is probably an infection -- several come to mind, including chancroid -- and your physician needs to see it. ...Read more
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
Can hpv cause skin cancer? I got what looks like a scc on my leg could hpv have caused this? I had it for over ten years. Worried of possible spread
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
Have the lesion: Evaluated by a dermatologist. I encourage my patients to see their dermatologist annually for a head to toe evaluation. ...Read more
Could this be skin cancer? I have a mole that recently appeared on my shoulder that is three different colors. I'm also very fair-skinned and a natural redhead, so I'm covered in freckles on my shoulder. The mole is clearish, and it looks as though the co
Can you have skin cancer at 35? I have a spot that looks like the pics on web of melenoma on my nose. I'm scared, its noticeable and it peels.
Yep: You should show that lesion to your friendly dermatologist. ...Read more
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
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'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
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.
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
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?
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
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