Moles, freckles, and skin rashes are just a few examples of the many types of lesions that can appear on your skin. While some lesions are harmless, others are irritating, unsightly, or potentially cancerous. The professional team at Midwest Regional Health Services, a medical home in Omaha, Nebraska, has extensive experience performing skin lesion removal. If you’re concerned about a lesion, call the office to schedule an appointment or use the convenient online booking feature.
Skin lesion is a broad term referring to any type of growth on your skin or to an area of your skin that looks different from the surrounding skin. Some types of lesions are harmless, while others signal an infection or skin cancer.
Acne, freckles, and skin rashes are common lesions. Other types of skin lesions include:
The lesions in this list are generally harmless, except for one: moles. The cells inside moles can start to grow abnormally and turn into melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer.
The top cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, either from sunlight or a tanning bed. These are the primary types of skin cancer and how they may appear:
The most common type of skin cancer, BCC may look like raised pink or white bumps, bumps that resemble moles, a sore that heals and reopens, or a flat, scaly scar.
SCC, the second most common skin cancer, often begins as dry, scaly lesions called actinic keratoses. These lesions are benign at first, then they gradually become cancerous.
Though melanoma is the least common skin cancer, it’s the most deadly type. Melanoma often develops from an existing mole, but it can also appear as a new mole-like skin lesion.
When a mole begins to transform into cancer, its appearance changes. Moles that get bigger or change their shape or color should always be examined by your provider at Midwest Regional Health Services.
Your provider at Midwest Regional Health Services examines all the lesions on your skin, identifying any that should be removed for health reasons. Skin lesions are always removed if they pose a risk for cancer. They’re also removed if they’re infectious, painful, uncomfortable, itchy, or bleeding. You can also choose to have any lesion removed if it affects your appearance.
The experts at Midwest Regional Health Services have extensive experience using several techniques to remove skin lesions. Your provider chooses one of the following methods, depending on the size, location, and type of lesion:
Some lesions, such as actinic keratoses and seborrheic keratoses, may be treated with topical medications.
If you’re concerned about a skin lesion, call Midwest Regional Health Services or use the online booking feature to schedule a skin exam.