Pain and Itch Could Be a Sign of Skin Cancer

New research shows both factors could be deadly in suspicious skin lesionsĀ 

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Research shows that pain and itching in certain areas could be a sign of skin cancer.

In a new study published online in JAMA Dermatology, research indicates that pain and itching could point to several different types of skin cancers. The study, conducted by the Department of Dermatology at Temple University School of Medicine, examined the relationship between pain and itch and histologic features of skin cancers in patients diagnosed with basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and melanomas.

Out of the 268 patients included in the study, almost 40 percent of skin cancer lesions were accompanied by itching, while nearly 30 percent involved pain of some kind. Most of the non-melanoma skin cancers studied, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, had more symptoms of pain and itching than with melanoma.

While more than 45 percent of the skin lesions associated with itching also had pain, 60 percent of painful lesions involved itching in or around the affected area.

To read more about the study, click here.

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