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Old 05-09-2011, 07:20 AM   #1
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old scar suddenly itchy and irritated... possible skin cancer?

Several years ago, my dad burned his wrist on the muffler of his car. It healed fine and he did not seek medical treatment. It left a scar that was dark in pigment about the size of a nickel. It has been healed and the scar has been there for about 3-4 years. Just in the last few weeks, the scar has become red and itchy and dry looking. He has been putting cortisone cream on it which temporarily relieves the itching but does not heal it at all. When I google melanoma, similar symptoms and photos come up. Is it possible this has turned into melanoma or is this a typical reaction to a burn scar? He does wear a watch that rubs up against it (worn the same watch for 10+ years) and he receives monthly B12 shots but is not on any medications otherwise. Thanks for any input!!!

 
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Re: old scar suddenly itchy and irritated... possible skin cancer?

Hi, there are many types of skin cancer. Not all are malignant. I have had four mole types removed from my nose called (Keratoses Carcinoma). A biopsy revealed they were not malignant. I would suggest any suspicious type mole or skin discoloration be investigated by your Dr. Mine kept itching and one grew rapidly which had to be cut out , the others were treated with Liquid Nitrogen. It could just be his watch rubbing on the old wound. Better be safe than sorry, get his Dr to decide. Solofelix.

 
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