Each week, Health and Beauty Expert Sue Chung will discuss skin health topics suggested by members of the HealthCentral community. To ask Sue a question, send an email to email@example.com . That old phrase about a cure being worse than the disease could have been invented specifically for cancer. Cancer alone can do a number on your health. However, the treatment works by controlling the rapid growth of cancerous cells and the harsh nature of the therapy often results in a variety of side effects and physical reactions that leave your skin red, raw, sensitive and sore. Radiation therapies target cancer cells by slowing their rate of proliferation. New skin cells form in the deeper layers of our skin and move outwards rapidly in order to replace the dead cells we slough off at the surface on a daily basis. The similarly fast-paced rate of turnover for both kinds of cells means that radiation interferes with our healthy skin cells as a type of collateral ...
We sometimes get questions from our members about white spots on the skin and whether this is an indication of skin cancer, for example:
Kayla writes , “I have white spots that are spreading from my neck, back, arms, chest and belly…help me.”
Chic writes , “I have a small area of white skin under my lower eyelid…HELP!”
Trevor writes , “How do I know the type of skin cancer I have because I have white spots at the corner of my eyes and the beds of my fingers?”
It is important to notice any changes in your skin, including changes in color, and to bring these changes to the attention of your doctor for a skin cancer screening. However, white spots only rarely indicate skin cancer.
Causes of White Spots
White spots, or patches, on your skin are usually caused by either vitiligo or tinea versicolor. Eczema can also sometimes cause white patches.
Vitiligo destroys cells that produce pigment for your skin. Althoug...
Alternative Names Strawberry mark; Vascular skin changes; Angioma cavernosum; Capillary hemangioma; Hemangioma simplex Symptoms Skin markings that look like blood vessels Skin rash or lesion that is red The different types of birthmark have their own appearance and typical location: Cavernous hemangiomas may appear as a red-blue spongy mass of tissue filled with blood. Port-wine stains are most often located on the face. The size varies from very small to over half of the body surface. Salmon patches are small, pink, flat spots. They are small blood vessels (capillaries) that are visible through the skin. They are most common on the forehead, eyelids, upper lip, between the eyebrows, and on the back of the neck. Salmon patches may be more noticeable when the infant cries or during temperature changes. Strawberry hemangiomas may appear anywhere on the body, but are most common on the neck and face. They consist of small, closely packed blood vessels. Signs and tests A health care provider should ...
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