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My uncle has a spot on his back it is pretty big and black scabed and has just recently gotten larger with a nasty crater looking thing in it he has had it for ten years and its gotten bigger what are the chances that it spread to other areas of his body?

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine

In brief: Depends!

It's hard to say if this can spread.
But if it is a type of skin cancer it could. Tell him to get checked out. A biopsy is easy and painless and, if it is shown to be a type of cancer, the proper treatment can be done to prevent or delay further spread. Any longstanding skin abnormality can become cancerous at any time. If it changes in appearance, see doc!

In brief: Depends!

It's hard to say if this can spread.
But if it is a type of skin cancer it could. Tell him to get checked out. A biopsy is easy and painless and, if it is shown to be a type of cancer, the proper treatment can be done to prevent or delay further spread. Any longstanding skin abnormality can become cancerous at any time. If it changes in appearance, see doc!
Dr. Susan Rhoads
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Dr. Timothy Beck
Internal Medicine

In brief: Needs examination

Sounds like this lesion needs to be looked at soon by his primary care physician.

In brief: Needs examination

Sounds like this lesion needs to be looked at soon by his primary care physician.
Dr. Timothy Beck
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