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Is swollen lump on hand a sign of basal skin cancer?

I am a 67 year old female with a raised a raised lump on the top side of my hand. It is red and swollen with a crusty scab and it hurts when it s bumped or even touched. I have seen my primary care provider and he thinks it might be basal cell skin cancer but I m concerned with how much it s grown in the last couple of weeks. I will see a dermatologist this week and I m worried.
Thu, 5 May 2016
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Hi,
Thanks for posting in HCM.
I have read your description and understand your concern.
Raised lump present on the top side of your hand could be a ganglion cyst or dermoid cyst or an abscess.
It is not necessarily mean that all raised lumps are malignant or that it is a cancer.
It could be determined by means of clinical examination. To know weather it could be cancerous or not, a biopsy needs to be taken and sent for histopathological studies.
Based on the histopathological report, it should be addressed.
Hence, kindly wait for the proper diagnosis to be made and get the necessary consultations as you have planned so that it would be suitably treated.
Hope the information provided would be helpful.
All the best.
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