HomeAnswersDermatologybiopsyI have a sore on my leg for a long time with a history of cancer. What could it be?

I have a strong history of cancer. Should I concern about the sore in my leg?


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Answered by

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Nithila. A

Published At June 22, 2019
Reviewed AtDecember 6, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have sore on my leg for a long time. More than a year, I did shave part of my leg at one point. It became like a sore, but I have a strong history of cancer.

Answered by Dr. Shanza Ikram


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your case. In my opinion, your lesion should be biopsied as early as possible as you have a long-standing history of cutaneous cancer, and I fear it could be slow-growing skin cancer. I have two to three differential diagnosis.

1. Nodular squamous cell carcinoma.

2. Nodular non melanocytic melanoma.

3. Basal cell carcinoma.

4. Keratoacanthoma.

The Probable causes

1.Sun-exposed area. 2.White race and, 3 Past history of cancer.

Investigations to be done


Treatment plan

Need excision as early as possible.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

So can those can be treated?

Answered by Dr. Shanza Ikram


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, all the mentioned diseases can be treated. Treatment for nodular sqamous cell carcinoma, melanoma or basal cell carcinoma is excion followed by chemotherapy if required depending upon stage or grade of carcinoma. However, keratoacanthoma is a benign condition it is either excised or cauterized. Does not require any chemotherapy.

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

Dr. Shanza Ikram
Dr. Shanza Ikram


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