Skin cancer

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Can you get skin cancer from writing on yourself?

doctor1 MD

HI welcome to health care magic.........
As far as the present research goes , there is no documented proof that writing on oneself causes skin cancer.
Cancer happens on repeated irritation or injury, so though no documented proof says but why do you want to write on yourself???
Anyhow writing on...

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Skin cancer runs in my family. I am also a type one diabetic. I had a lesion on the underside of my breast, it has now turned dark brown and keeps growing. Also, I had a red itchy mole on my back that has now turned brown and starting to grow. Could this be skin cancer or should I not worry?

doctor1 MD

Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Yes, these skin lesions cancer be due to skin cancer.
But better to first consult dermatologist and get done clinical examination of these lesions.
Since you are having type 1 diabetes, skin infections are very common...

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Hi, a few years ago i had a mosquito bite on my leg.. or what i thought was a bite... it was itchy and it bled a few times... its healed over, but its left a brown, hard, small lump on the side of my leg. it doesn't hurt when i touch it, is it a skin cancer?

doctor1 MD

Hi ! Good morning. I am Dr Shareef answering your query.

Considering the duration of your symptoms, it seems less likely to be a skin cancer. With all probabilities it is a type of benign kind of abnormal wound healing (either a hepertrophied scar or a keloid). Hypertrophic scar is self limiting...

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By using skin lite we will get any skin cancer and any other side effects and i have been using it since one year starting all my pimpls and black spots has reduced and cleared very well and i become very white but now again i got pimples and black spots why it is like this any problem because of using skin lite it become like this please advice me to reduce black spots

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Thanks for your question.
I do understand your pain and discomfort.
As per your history is concerned Skinlite contains [2% Hydroquinone
0.025% Tretinoin,0.1% Mometasone Furoate] all component has its mild side effects but the drug hydroquinone has carcinogenic properties which has been listed...

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I have a small bump on the forward that occasionally bleeds (slightly), has been there for a couple months.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
It might be a skin cancer.

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Thank you for the query.

Face and forehead is the area where we commonly see skin cancer. Skin cancer (not melanoma) is not a dangerous disease as it does not spread to other tissues in most cases.
And skin cancer can look just...

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Can sitting in an office with a window with a small slit behind you hurt you skin and cause you skin cancer in the long run? Please note that this is a North window and there are no direct sunlight rays coming through this window at least the time i work there.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Regarding your concern of Skin Cancer

Detailed Answer:
Hello . Thank you for writing to us.

I am Dr. Kakkar ( Dermatologist). I have gone through your query and i have noted your concern.

Ultraviolet Rays (the spectrum of sun light which usually causes skin cancer) are the...

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Are there any new treatments for early skin cancer other than the 5FU typer salve that you must use for weeks? I have heard of a treatment using a intense light or lamp?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Photodynamic therapy

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Photodynamic therapy is a new treatment option in early skin cancer other than 5 FU type salve.

This treatment consists of 2 phases. First, a chemical is applied to the skin cancer.

This chemical sits on the skin cancer for several hours....

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my father had skin cancer on the left side of his head after treatment he had the all clear . After 2 / 3 years he now has lumps on his ear (the left hand side ) As my dad is 89 years of age he says nothing is wrong but i care to differ can you help he won,t go to the doctors !

doctor1 MD

Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

For sure its better to be seen by a doctor clinically because it may be the recurrence of cancer.

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

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Recent questions on  Skin cancer

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Good Afternoon, I've been diagnosed as having Skin Cancer on Scalp with Multiple Tumours(not life threatening) thankfully. Had an op 1/12/10 to remove x2 tumours and I have more over scalp&under forehead. NHS specialists say due lack NHS funding in budget-can only remove x2 per time. I was hoping to have them all taken off in one go as hospital is quite far away & I'm due back at work 17th Feb. I've now been informed I may be re-referred to Dermatology again for itchy burning scalp 24/7-depriving me of sleep. I started off there&they referred me to Plastic Surgeons whom I'm under now. I'm due to see another private specialist tonight&fear result as of getting to work. Can you advise please. Was on Tramadol but had to stop as severe reaction. I'm allergic to Penicillin. I'm feeling like emotional rollercoaster at moment&it is having impact on my life-I think world of NHS&what they've done for me-but feel I need a way forward still. I had 2nd op for skin cancer on 21/3/11 and still got itchy burning throbbing scalp-already saw dermatologist last Sept and he took swab & referred me onto Skin Cancer Surgeon-now 2nd op done-surgeon says I need dermatologist again to see as his field. I go back to work 26/4-start new post&have intensive training-painkillers are stopping discomfort. Can you advise please.

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I have vitiligo . the only normal skin pigment I have left is on both cheeks on my face . I want to get rid of it permanently . There has to be something available to help me ! I have been to a dermatologist in both Wheeling , WV and in Pittsburgh , PA . The one in Wheeling did several Fraxal ( ??) lasure treatments and then said he was done because the results weren t worth doing more . The one in Pittsburgh gave much false hope That was in the middle of March as of yet I STILL have not been given the prescriptions she recommended . They were basically for skin cancer , not approved by the FDA and both medicare and my insurance refused to pay for those reasons . today I got a call saying since they can t get them to approve the drugs good bye your on your own unless you pay for them yourself otherwise , we re done with you . the drugs were close to $300.00 with no guarantee of helping

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Hi Doctor, I have been diagnosed with skin cancer of scalp and have multiple tumours. Scalp is itchy/burning & throbbing 24/7. I had op to remove two tumours 1/12/10 and plastic surgeons advised my condition is Chronic Genealogical Defect(inherited)&since first op the tumours keep popping up all over head. Am seeking 2nd opinion. Back at work 17/2/11. Any advice please as I work call centre. Thank you. Paula.

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my name is ifrah khan.my grand mother is suffering from skin cancer since 3 years.skin cancer is on the lower side of head portion.her age is 75.she has also completed the course of radiations but beside this the cancer is increasing day by day at last the drs have suggested that there is no treatement for this beside surgury and we r afraid of operating it.plz suggest some medicine for it if possible i shall be very greatfull to u for this favour

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I have a faint smooth reddish blotchy patch on my nose that's been there for maybe 3-4 months. No one notices it but me. I have mild or seasonal exema on other parts of my body. I think it's very unlikely to be skin cancer , but what would I watch...

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I have an odd shaped mole on the underside of my right breast. It’s dark and square and about a quarter of an inch in size. Is this symptomatic of anything ?

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Hi Dr. I have a skin related issue. There is a spot of dead skin on my left leg. it's been more than 10 year for that spot and sometimes it itches and leave dead skin. I am worry that why it's being fine as I have used multiple antifungal cream....

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