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Can a pimple or red bump on the nose lead to skin cancer?

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Answered by

Dr. Saira Mohsin

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At November 9, 2019
Reviewed AtMay 14, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have a zit or pimple on my nose. I had it for a few years. I was never worried about it. It does not look too extreme or anything. But someone mentioned about skin cancer sometimes starting as small red bumps that do not go away. I am not sure if it is possible to have a pimple for years. Or is it something to be concerned about?

Answered by Dr. Saira Mohsin


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Please upload the pictures of affected areas for an exact diagnosis.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

I have attached the photos.

Answered by Dr. Saira Mohsin


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Do not worry, it is not cancerous. You just observe it for any change in color, size or shape. If it changes then you should go for biopsy, otherwise, just observe it. It seems like benign nevus or sebaceous cyst (benign means noncancerous).

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Saira Mohsin
Dr. Saira Mohsin


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