If you have an area of skin that looks different from the surrounding skin, you may be dealing with a skin lesion. While many skin lesions are harmless growths that don’t require any medical treatment, others are signs of a potentially serious disease. In either case, you don’t have to attempt to grin and bear them.
Read on to learn more about skin lesions, including reasons to take them seriously.
A skin lesion can take several different forms, including:
If you’ve noticed a change in your skin, including what appears to be a skin lesion, it’s wise to consult a professional. It’s especially important to seek care for a skin lesion that shows potential signs of cancer.
Skin cancer usually shows up as a mole of sorts. You can also have precancerous growths on your skin that could evolve into cancer if they go untreated.
Signs your mole may be cancerous include:
Skin cancer can also show up as a wart-like growth or oozing, open sore that won’t heal.
All of these signs might indicate a type of skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or melanoma. While basal cell and squamous cell cancers are the most common, melanoma is the most serious form.
Whether your skin lesion seems to be a cancerous or precancerous mole, or you simply want to do away with a bothersome cyst or discoloration, Dr. Forgione-Rubino and her team will customize a treatment plan.
Dr. Forgione-Rubino removes skin lesions in her office, usually through surgery using a local anesthetic. She also provides laser treatment for noncancerous skin lesions, which guards against scarring. These treatments are painless and require little to no downtime.
If needed, cells from your suspicious mole are sent in for a biopsy to determine if it’s cancerous. If it turns out that it is, we discuss your next best steps with you. Thankfully, most cases of skin cancer are quite treatable, and often curable, when addressed early on.