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Are white spots on my skin a form of skin cancer?

Are white spots on my skin a form of skin cancer?

Need to see: See your doctor or better yet a dermatologist. Many skin lesions can be white and be normal. A dermatologist can check your skin and help diagnose and treat if necessary. Some causes of white spots include idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis to vitiligo. Skin cancer does not typically present as white spots. ...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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Hi just a quest I've been dianoised with skin cancer im on a waiting list at hos for surgury to have it cut out in the meantime 2 more spots have come?

Hi just a quest I've been dianoised with skin cancer im on a waiting list at hos for surgury to have it cut out in the meantime 2 more spots have come?

Check with dermatolo: You don't indicate what kind of cancer; basal, squamous or melanoma, nor how long you've been waiting for surgery. The Best thing to do is let dermatologist look at the new skin lesions and biopsy them if he thinks it necessary. ...Read more

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Cluster of tiny flat spots like freckles under skin on thigh, started reddish and turned light brown. Is this cause for concern re skin cancer?

Cluster of tiny flat spots like freckles under skin on thigh, started reddish and turned light brown. Is this cause for concern re skin cancer?

Spots: It's difficult to state with 100% confidence or accuracy without looking at an individual lesion, however if there is any change in size, color or shape of any lesion especially any new lesion which was not present before, it is important that you visit a dermatologist for further evaluation as it may need a skin biopsy to rule out skin cancer. ...Read more

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My mom has found skin cancer spots and she has made her own "blood root remedity". She claims its working. Is this safe? I'm very concerned.

My mom has found skin cancer spots and she has made her own "blood root remedity". She claims its working. Is this safe? I'm very concerned.

Dermatology eval: Skin cancer can be serious and should not go without proper diagnosis and treatment. Your mother should see her dermatologist for evaluation. If the skin spots look suspicious your doctor will do a biopsy and discuss treatment options. It is possible the spots on your moms face are not skin cancer but she should have it checked to be sure. Please do not let her ignore it or self treat it. ...Read more

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I noticed 3 small browner spots on my hands skin that I have never seen or noticed before. Does this mean something bad? Like skin cancer or?!?

I noticed 3 small browner spots on my hands skin that I have never seen or noticed before. Does this mean something bad? Like skin cancer or?!?

Pigment changes: It's very unlikely these brown spots are cancer. Most likely they are moles that darken with age. To be safe, see a dermatologist and have them evaluated. ...Read more

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I have brown spots on lips? I have 4 of them and they look kind of like freckles and are flat as well. Is this some sort of skin cancer?

I have brown spots on lips? I have 4 of them and they look kind of like freckles and are flat as well. Is this some sort of skin cancer?

See Ender's Game: The movie — teen actor has it too. It is unlikely to be cancer. Peutz jaeger's syndrome, associated with GI avm's is a possibility. Ask your pcp/iternist first. But no rush. ...Read more

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Brown spots on breasts can be squeezed like a pimple and hard stuff comes out of it is it skin cancer??

Doubtful: Sounds like sebaceous cysts based on your description but you should seek further evaluation. Typical skin cancers do not produce secretions. ...Read more

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Brown spots on breasts can be squeezed like a pimple and hard stuff comes out of it is it skin cancer or normal??

Spots: This sounds like small sebaceous cysts which you can express the somewhat harder material from. Hard to further say with certainty without examining, but it does not sound like skin cancer. ...Read more

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I have red spots that occasionally show up on my arms and sometimes are itchy they usually come and go. I'm wondering if they could be skin cancer?

Unlikely : Skin cancer usually is a slow growing lesion which doesn't go away on its own. Precancerous lesions such as actinic keratoses can go away if you use enough sun protection. Rashes also commonly can come and go. I recommend seeing a dermatologist when you have an active lesion for an evaluation and potential skin biopsy. ...Read more

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Bad sunburn on back+stomach 10days ago. Done peeling now have brown freckle like spots on back of shoulders where burn was worst. Is this skin cancer?

Sun protection: Sun exposure can cause skin cancer, but this happens over many years of exposure. It is important to have good sun protection at all times. However, for severe sunburns, it does take time to heal from the exposure. Please see your doctor if these spots do not clear up in 2weeks as he or she may have some recommendations for helping your skin heal. ...Read more

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Curious why I have a brown spot on my left thighs? It's lik3 a beauty spot or big brown dot . Worried that can it be skin cancer?

Curious why I have a brown spot on my left thighs? It's lik3 a beauty spot or big brown dot . Worried that can it be skin cancer?

Skin : A number of skin growths can cause a "brown dot " (moles, warty bumps, freckles, or even early skin cancer, etc. ) have a dermatologist evaluate the area to determine the diagnosis and treat if needed. ...Read more

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Skin itch? I have one small spot on my upper back that I he's like crazy for a few months. Should I have it checked for skin cancer

Skin itch? I have one small spot on my upper back that I he's like crazy for a few months. Should I have it checked for skin cancer

Get checked, yes.: Any change in the skin is worth getting checked to be safe. Itching can be a sign, but does not mean cancer for sure. Only an exam and biopsy can tell. See http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/skin-cancer/about/skin-cancer-symptoms ...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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Can a white spot, which has been on the skin for many years without changing, be a skin cancer?

Handling Skin Lesion: I recommend having a full body skin check by a dermatologist performed at least once each year or more often as recommended by your healthcare professional. A "white spot" which has been present for a few years should be evaluated and, if appropriate, tested by taking a small tissue sample (biopsy) to test for the presence of skin cancer. ...Read more

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Can skin cancer come and then fade away? Then return again when in the sun. Or is this an age spot?

Can skin cancer come and then fade away?  Then return again when in the sun.  Or is this an age spot?

Yes it can: Melanoma/moles can regress spontaneously and recur. So be sure to consult a dermatologist and get proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Without going to a dermatologist, are there any ways to tell an age spot from skin cancer?

Without going to a dermatologist, are there any ways to tell an age spot from skin cancer?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with
asymmetry boarders that are irregular
color differences within the same mole
diameter greater than 6mm

also, any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...Read more

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I found an odd dotted-orange spot roughly three square inches on my neck. Is it skin cancer?

I found an odd dotted-orange spot roughly three square inches on my neck. Is it skin cancer?

Need to examine: It is not likely to be cancer, but you should have it examined and if needed have it biopsied and examined by a pathologist for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Flesh colored pus came out of a spot in my skin that is red with a black spot. What could it be? Skin cancer maybe?

Time: Depends on hoe long you had the spot of dis colored skin. Could be abscess. Best to be checked by your physician right away. ...Read more

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Pink spot on thigh that is very dry only itches if I touch it. When I rub over it I can feel it's a little raised. Hoping not skin cancer?

Pink spot on thigh that is very dry only itches if I touch it. When I rub over it I can feel it's a little raised. Hoping not skin cancer?

See your derm: Any new skin lesion or one that is changing should be brought to the attention of your friendly dermatologist. While skin cancers in 25 year olds are not common it does happen occasionally.

Remember to protect your skin by limiting your exposure to UV radiation and when you are out wear sunscreen and cover up as much as possible. ...Read more

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Red oval spot on my soulder, 1" at its widest, 3/4" smallest. I've seen a dermatologist about it, and he said that it wasn't skin cancer. Opinion?

Red oval spot on my soulder, 1" at its widest, 3/4" smallest. I've seen a dermatologist about it, and he said that it wasn't skin cancer. Opinion?

ABCD's: Remember your abcd's when thinking of melanoma. Look for moles with
asymmetry boarders that are irregular
color differences within the same mole
diameter greater than 6mm

also, any new mole or old that starts to itch, bleed or ulcerate should be of concern. Another rule is the ugly duckling rule. Which refers to a mole that looks distantly different from the others on your body. ...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?

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've a spot near my lip, just appeared. Worried its skin cancer. I was hiking for 5 days, but wore sunscreen. New freckle? Scar from chapped lip?

I've a spot near my lip, just appeared. Worried its skin cancer. I was hiking for 5 days, but wore sunscreen. New freckle? Scar from chapped lip?

Evaluation : Without seeing the area of concern, it would be impossible to give an accurate assessment. Suggest you visit your primary care doctor or dermatologist for an annual skin assessment, so they can evaluate your concern in person. ...Read more

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I have a very light blue/purple/gray spot on my leg. It is very small. I thought it was a bruise but it does not hurt. Could it be skin cancer?

See your derm: While skin cancer in a 21-year old is rare, it does occur occasionally. Any new skin lesion or one that is changing should be brought to the attention of your dermatologist.

And remember to protect your skin. Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and try to cover up as much as possible when outdoors for prolonged periods of time. ...Read more

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Bright red spot the size of dime showed up on thigh a few days ago. No border, no pain or itchiness. Bumpy/rough texture. Skin cancer? 20 yr old Female

Bright red spot the size of dime showed up on thigh a few days ago. No border, no pain or itchiness. Bumpy/rough texture. Skin cancer? 20 yr old Female

Cancer not likely: Suspect minor injury. If it fails to evolve through healing during next 2 weeks, consider alternative diagnosis and biopsy. Avoid antibiotics and antiseptics. Leave open. Wash gently in shower. ...Read more

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Rapidly growing, even boardered, uniform colored brown spot on neck. Seeing derm in 3 weeks. Gp concerned about skin cancer. Low risk its melanoma? I'm 21

Rapidly growing, even boardered, uniform colored brown spot on neck. Seeing derm in 3 weeks. Gp concerned about skin cancer. Low risk its melanoma? I'm 21

ABCDE of melanoma: Check out http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/abcds-of-melanoma-skin-cancer as quick reference to ABCDEs of skin cancer. You didn't mention size but it's change/growing thus evolving. While melanoma is rare in 21yo, I agree that evaluation is key. May need biopsy for absolute proof. ...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