Post # 1
For the past year or two, SO has had these weird skin-taggy things in his genital area. They don’t bother me or gross me out, and I haven’t “caught” them or anything. Some are skin-colored, some are darker brown, and one is super dark brown. They all basically look like skin tags or moles, not genital warts (and I wouldn’t really care if they were warts, anyway).
Anyway we weren’t even worried abotu it for a while, until I found out it’s possible to get skin cancer in areas not exposed to the sun. First off- why? how? But anyway, I don’t want to fret too much about this so I wanted to know if any of you know anything about skin cancer.
Would skin cancer just be ONE mole/mark, or would it come the way his do– tons of them, some closely-spaced, other farther away? They’re mostly in the pubic hair area, not really on his penis. They’re painless and don’t bleed. Some are more rounded, some are flatter/wider. Should I rule out skin cancer for the mean time? He’s seeing a doc next week but I’d like to stop worrying before that!
Post # 3
@pictureaccount: I’m not an expert but just wanted to comment to give ou some thread love and to say you’re doing the right thing by getting professional advice. Hope all goes well.
Post # 5
@michiru4ever: Good images- it looks the most like a combination of a skin tag and a normal dark mole. It doesn’t look like any of the melanoma stuff- all the bumps are perfectly circular/oval, no weird irregularities.
Post # 6
@pictureaccount: I would definitely get it examined by a professional, especially if any of the marks have changed/grown. However, just because someone has moles/warts, doesn’t mean it’s cancerous. In fact, I’d guess that most people have some sort of skin anomaly somewhere on their bodies.
Post # 7
@housebee: They appeared in the past 1-2 years but he says they haven’t changed, just that they sprouted and stayed.
Post # 8
@pictureaccount: I really, really doubt that it’s skin cancer. It’s just unlikely in a place that rarely sees sun. Unless he’s a nudist? I was camping once and we were next to a nudist campsite (not participating lol) and I saw a really old guy oiling his big old hairy balls with baby oil… so he might have genital skin cancer. But your guy who is probably not a nudist who sunbathes his junk? Doubtful. I hope the laugh helps lower your anxiety. Yes this really happened to me! His balls were literally blinding.
Post # 9
@michiru4ever: LOL no he’s not a nudist. I do know that melanoma sometimes shows up in areas not exposed to the sun…but it doesn’t really look like the melanoma’s I’ve seen (and do melanomas show up as many different bumps, or just one??)
Post # 10
@CatyLady: Thanks I appreciate that 🙂
Post # 11
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I’m a cancer research nurse, and yes, melanoma can definitely be in areas that aren’t exposed to the sun. There are usually multiple lesions — I’ve seen dozens on the insides of just one patient’s thighs.
That said, it could also be BCC (basal cell carcinoma), which is less dangerous than melanoma but should still be examined to avoid metastasis. It is probably worth consulting a physician.
Post # 12
It’s a good idea to get them checked out to be safe, but most likely they are skin tags. Some people are just more prone to getting them than others.
And as far as I know you can get most cancer’s anywhere, without cause.
Post # 13
@pictureaccount: warts can look like skin tags. But skin tags also look like skin tags! Glad he’s getting checked out. My Mum had a malignant melanoma on her arm. She looked at it one day and just knew. She dropped everything she was doing and went straight to the doctor. She needed a couple of excisions to get it within safe margins – all okay. The bad moles are what they call an ‘ugly duckling’ – looks different to other moles, irregularly shaped, changes in its appearance. I have heard that the danger zone for melanomas is the soles of your feet, and your backside. My SO had a couple of really sinister looking moles removed, that ended up not being moles at all!
Good luck, I hope it’s nothing more than a couple of harmless skin tags!