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Could this be skin cancer?

Hi Dr,

I have had this one growth since 2010 that resembled a mole on my scalp. I am an African male who is getting bald, so I mostly shave my head. I used to irritate the growth a lot whenever shaving my scalp and it got bigger. I went to a dermatologist a while ago and she said its not cancer but rather a wart. He then gave me Salicylic acid that I spray and freeze the wart off (its cold but actually burns). It did not work.

It has now started to itch.

Previous symptoms were hard, whiting bumps on scalp that I could never scratch off even with a skin drying medication.

Lately however over the past 3 months more growths have started to appear on my head. I have uploaded images on the following links. Could this be skin cancer? I am in South Africa by the way - I spend most of my days indoors. Sensitive skin to the sun and sweat a lot when exposed to the sunny hot African weather.

The pictures:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/9517865/skin-problems/back_neck_1.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/9517865/skin-problems/back_neck_2.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/9517865/skin-problems/behind_left_ear.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/9517865/skin-problems/biggest_growth_1.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/9517865/skin-problems/biggest_growth.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/9517865/skin-problems/biggest_top_left_head.jpg
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/9517865/skin-problems/upper_back_neck.jpg
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Hello,
From the photographs these growths look like warts caused by HPV rather than skin cancer. Warts are small painless growth on skin caused by Human Papilloma Virus. These can be light or dark. They are usually oval in growth and raised forming rough surface in the skin. Get them examined and biopsied from a dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.






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