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Skin Cancer

Lump on back

10/28/2010

Question:

I`m 17 years old and I have noticed a small, gray lump on my back. It does not hurt unless I touch it and when I touch it (as in pinch it) it stings. Is it possible it might be some type of skin cancer? I hardly ever go out in the sun and I have never used a tanning bed in my life.

Answer:

There are many possibilities with regard to a lump on the back, including benign conditions such as cysts which can sometimes sting when pinched. It is true that skin cancers can grow on the back as well. As this situation requires an actual evaluation by a physician, it is best to go see a dermatologist to be certain.

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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