By Robert J Weiss, M.D. P.C.
November 11, 2014
Category: Uncategorized


                         Although  I have diagnosed and treated literally thousands of skin cancers over the years,in my

experience  it has been unusual for the great majority of patients with these to complain of

symptoms such as itching or burning or pain associated with them. 

                        In fact ,many of the most serious skin cancers I found were in patients totally unaware of their

presence. In particular, I remember one elderly lady whose malignant melanoma I  saw through the thin

blouse  she was wearing on a hot summer day as she was going through my office door to leave.

                       With that in mind I find it very interesting that a recent study showed that more than one-third

of cancerous skin lesions itch-especially basal cell carcinomas. In addition,the study also indicated that

about 30 % are painful-especially squamous cell carcinomas.

                      To me,the bottom line as already stated in my above blogs is to report not only a change in

the size,color or shape of your skin lesions but also any skin symptoms such as burning,itching,tender ness

or pain to your healthcare practitioner.