Skin Cancer

The abnormal growth of skin cells can result in skin cancer. They commonly occur in the regions of the skin that are exposed to the sun but can develop in other places also. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, actinic keratosis, and melanoma are some of the most common skin cancer.

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I used a self-tanner and it makes me feel like I have skin cancer. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a question that always makes me nervous when I use a self-tanner. I feel like I have had skin cancer all these years.   Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems you have developed freckles. Freckles or ephelis are common in individuals who sunburn easily and do not tan. However, it is uncommon among people who have dark skin. I suggest you use 30 % Trichloroacetic acid cautery (TCA) or topical treatment with Depiwhi...  Read Full »

I scratched a mole, thinking it was a blood blister, and now it has left a brown spot. Could this be melanoma?

Query: Hello doctor, After walking in the woods and finding ticks on my dog, I did a skin check on my body. I noticed an area on my calf that had turned into a purple and dark-raised area. I thought it was a blood blister and scratched it off. I now realize that the dark spot was a previous mole that must...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have reviewed the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Bleeding and irregular margins indicate a suspicious lesion. A fair skin tone, increasing age, family history of skin cancer, prolonged exposure ...  Read Full »

I lost my mother and grandfather because of cancer, and now I have a strange growth on the left side of my scrotum. Can it be skin cancer?

Query: Hi, I have something starting to grow on the left side of my scrotum. It looks like skin cancer. I lost my mother and grandfather due to cancer. Both had skin cancers removed but died of other cancers and their complications. So I am worried it is skin cancer. My current medications include medical ...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello,Welcome to read your query and understand your concern.I request you to attach a clinical picture of the lesion. So, I can help you better.Regards.  Read Full »

Being appointed as a cop, I fear skin cancer as I will be working under the sun all day. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have been appointed as a cop. I am happy, but I am in an increased state of panic. As I will be working under the sun all day, I fear skin cancer. Are there any tips to avoid skin cancer even though I am exposed to the sun for the whole day? What are the preventive measures to follow?...  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you use a good sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 50. You can use vitamin C and Niacinamide based serums at night.  Read Full »

I have a small non-painful red pimple on my scalp, and I am worried if it is a melanoma. Can you please help?

Query: Hi doctor, I discovered a tiny red pimple on my scalp. It is not painful or itchy. I suffer from health anxiety. Bleeding happens from constant scratching. Is it a skin cancer like melanoma? Please help me, doctor. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Please send a clear photograph of your skin lesion. Also, please do not scratch your scalp and wash your scalp two to three times a week. Thank you.  Read Full »

I got a shave biopsy for melanoma in situ. Did the cancer cells get into my bloodstream?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question about the biopsy that I had done. It was a shave biopsy, and it came back as melanoma in situ. I got a wide excision done, and it looks like there is still some of this mole left that was missed by the shave. If there was still melanoma cells in this left over part of...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and concern. Melanoma is a malignancy of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes), located predominantly in the skin. The careful examination of lymph nodes can be determined by the staging of melanoma and the metastasis, that is, spread to oth...  Read Full »

Is a hair growing out of a papule on the scalp indicative of an appandageal tumor?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small pink growth on my scalp. I noticed this about ten months ago. It does not seem to have changed much, if at all, in that time. However, I recently noticed the skin around the area is a little bit dry and red. There seems to be hair growing out of the pink spot. It is not...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand that you are concerned. Papules over the scalp are difficult to diagnose sometimes without skin biopsy. A few differential diagnoses are: 1) It can be a benign appandageal tumor of the scalp, originating from hair or sweat or apocrine gland. There are ...  Read Full »

Why do I have cracked nipple and a mole on my breast with difficulty in breathing?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 15 years old and I have some concerns about my body. My nipple is cracked and inverted in my breast. I do not whether it is normal or it is a sign of cancer. I noticed before some years and it was inverted. But I thought it was normal until I found it uncommon. I have a problem with...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have a cracked and inverted nipple. Please mention whether your family members have a history of breast cancer and do you have discharge from the lump in the breast. If it is not there, then you can have nipple eczema and you can apply a moisturizer twice daily. Som...  Read Full »

I read that self-tanning creams can cause cancer. Is it true?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 32 years old. I was using self-tanning creams around seven years all year long. I have stopped for the last two years. I am worried because I have read that self-tanning creams are causing cancer and tumors. Is it true? Are they out of my system or will it take years to appear if t...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, self-tanning lotions are known to cause skin cancer. Please stop using it and avoid exposure to sunlight without a sunscreen. Use a sunscreen with SPF 50 or more, apply every fourth hourly. Look for any changes in the skin, any bumps that look different, any c...  Read Full »

Do severe dysplasia of squamous epithelium suggest carcinoma in situ?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother fell on her right arm. A few days later she noticed a wound on the dorsum of the right arm but was not sure if it was from the fall. She did not care for it nor treat it. About a week later she started disinfecting and covering it but decided to visit a dermatologist as she ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the attachment. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This could be cancer. However, there is no harm in waiting for a week or 10 days and then perhaps go for an excision if it does not heal by then. Cutaneous SCC (squamous cell carcinoma) is u...  Read Full »

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