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I`m having deep pain where skin cancer was

10/26/2006

Question:

I was wondering if I should seek medical attention? I had skin cancer removed about 8 mo`s ago and I`ve developed a very deep sharp pain where it was removed from.

Do I need to be concerned about it or is it just from the surgery? Thank you

Answer:

Post surgical scars can sometimes have varying sensations ranging from itching to pain. Sites of prior skin cancer also have to be checked for possible recurrence. However, pain, is not a common symptom for recurrence.

If it is to a degree that causes noticeable discomfort, it should be checked by a physician.

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Response by:

Elma D Baron, MD Elma D Baron, MD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
Director, Skin Study Center
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University