Everyone eventually develops growths of some kind on their skin. They can be associated with aging or could be inherited. People often want noticeable growths removed for cosmetic reasons even if they are non-cancerous. Lesions will also be removed if they are symptomatic; bleeding, painful, red or itchy, or if the dermatologist suspects one to be cancerous.
There are many benign skin growths, some common examples include Nevi, Epidermoid Inclusion Cysts, Digital Mucinous Pseudocyst, Xanthelasma, Hemangioma, Seborrheic Keratoses, and Actinic Keratoses.
Any changing skin lesion, especially moles, should be evaluated by a dermatologist to check for skin cancer. Worrisome signs in a mole include asymmetry, irregular borders, irregular pigmentation, larger than a pencil tip eraser or itchiness. Other types of skin cancer, including basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma often present as slowly growing bumps or scaly patches that may bleed and resist healing.
If you have a changing or concerning lesion, please make an appointment with us for an evaluation. Early detection is the key for cure with skin cancer!