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If you have a skin cancer and you exfoliate the area, will it cause the skin cancer to spread or even go internal/to blood stream?

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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

There is no evidence to support this claim.

In brief: No

There is no evidence to support this claim.
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Richard Tholen
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Theoretically, yes

But unlikely. Most important, exfoliation is not a treatment for any kind of skin cancer.
If you have a non-healing, enlarging, or irritated area, or an irregular, dark, asymmetric "mole" larger than a pencil eraser, excisional biopsy (not a shave biopsy ever for the latter dark possible melanoma) is needed. Exfoliation is for rough skin, not possible skin cancer-containing areas. See a doctor.

In brief: Theoretically, yes

But unlikely. Most important, exfoliation is not a treatment for any kind of skin cancer.
If you have a non-healing, enlarging, or irritated area, or an irregular, dark, asymmetric "mole" larger than a pencil eraser, excisional biopsy (not a shave biopsy ever for the latter dark possible melanoma) is needed. Exfoliation is for rough skin, not possible skin cancer-containing areas. See a doctor.
Dr. Richard Tholen
Dr. Richard Tholen
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In brief: Depends

First rule in skin cancer treatment is to remove entire lesion with normal margins, you do not not ' exfoliate' .
Basal cell cancers do not not spread out side, are locally invasive, squamous cell cancer, and melanomas will spread by incomplete removal.

In brief: Depends

First rule in skin cancer treatment is to remove entire lesion with normal margins, you do not not ' exfoliate' .
Basal cell cancers do not not spread out side, are locally invasive, squamous cell cancer, and melanomas will spread by incomplete removal.
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