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Is a smooth itchy scaly patch on the back suggestive of skin cancer?

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Dr. Kakkar S.


Practicing since :2002

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Posted on Wed, 3 Oct 2018 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: hello I would like to consult a scaly patch on my back with a dermatologist. I will attach the report.
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 1 hour later
Brief Answer:

Fungal infection.

Detailed Answer:


I have noted your concern and I have viewed the image.

Seems like a fungal infection. I suggest you to apply a topical antifungal e.g Clotrimazole cream, twice daily for 2 weeks.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Dr. Kakkar S., Dermatologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 1 minute later
Thank you doctor, i've had this for quite a few months or even longer - its not really itchy (maybe sometimes) . I live in Australia so my concern is - is that skin cancer? The patch is pretty smooth, not rough, just a colour like that.
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 18 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Not cancer.

Detailed Answer:


It seems like a superficial fungal infection - Pityriasis versicolor. It's not skin cancer.

Hope this answers your query.

Dr. Kakkar S., Dermatologist
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