Science Questions

Sat, 2nd Oct 2004

Part of the show Skin Diseases and Skin Cancer

Question

Frances asked:

I've got small white lumps on my face, any ideas what these might be?

Answer

That's a tough one, especially on the radio, to be able to make a guess as to what that is. Of course skin cancer usually comes as a single bump, so someone with something that's popping up a lots of bumps is less likely to have cancer, so maybe that's not so much of a worry. I'm thinking lots of people get those tiny little white cysts that come up under the eyes, which are little tiny collections of dead skin cells, and they usually work to the surface. But some people can get a few more, under the eyes and over the cheeks - it is a pure guess, as it is impossible to know without seeing the person.

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