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Is Itchy Skin Ever a Sign of Skin Cancer?

Find out if itchy skin is ever a sign of skin cancer from board-certified dermatologist Ahmet Altiner in this Howcast video.


One of the more common questions I get in my clinic is "Is itchy skin a sign of cancer," and the answer is it depends. If you have a specific spot, a mole or a growth that's persistently itchy, this can definitely be a sign of skin cancer even if the color and the texture appears normal. Also, persistent itch of the entire body can be a sign of internal malignancy.

So if you have - if you're persistently itchy, even though you've used moisturizers, medicines to calm down the itch, it's important to see a dermatologist, to make sure that you don't have a cause that is internal. Most commonly, lymphomas and other types of skin cancers can present as persistent itch, and diagnosing this early, can lead to a much better outcome.

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