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Presence of acne for a patient with breast cancer - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have acne at the age of fifty nine with a history of breast cancer and melanoma. Could this be a sign of cancer recurring somewhere?
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   may i know your age please ?
User :   I am 59
Doctor :   and since when you have been noticing this problem ??
Doctor :   can you tell me what all medications are you on ?
User :   I had never had spots till five years ago when I got a lot of spots on my face. I was then diagosed with breast cancer. After surgery the pots went. They recurrwed last year and I was then diagnosed with melanoma. After surgery the spots went. The last few mionths they have recurred and I wionder whether another cancer may be lurking somewhere
User :   I am on tamoxifen
Doctor :   for the breast cancer you also underwent chemo ?
User :   no
Doctor :   any diet supplements you are taking ?
User :   no supplements . on healthy diet
Doctor :   ok now there are few conditions that can cause this
Doctor :   usually at your age some time a cream containing vit E are the culprit
Doctor :   but since you also have a history of melanoma, we would definitely would like to get them examined by a dermatologist
Doctor :   There are many other types of skin conditions that are often mistaken for acne, such as peri-oral dermatitis, acne rosacea and keratosis. But a visit to a dermatologist should quickly identify the source of skin problems.
Doctor :   are you with me ?
Doctor :   acne per se is not a precursor of any cancer
User :   yes. I think that was what worried me, that presence on cancer might be causing the spots, as they disappered after getting rid of the cancer the last two times
Doctor :   but we dont want to take any chances and a physical examination is must so that we can pinpoint the cause and you can treated accordingly
Doctor :   no thats not how cancer comes and goes
Doctor :   i can assure you
User :   ok. thank you. I will do that.
Doctor :   so just set up an appointment and i am sure things will be fine
Doctor :   dont worry
Doctor :   your most welcome
User :   ok ,thanl you
Doctor :   take care of your self
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