Skin “lumps and bumps”, clinically referred to as skin lesions, are very common among all age groups, especially those with extensive sun exposure. Some of the lesions, based on their appearance, or their recent change in size or color, may be considered “suspicious” and it’s recommended that the lesion undergo biopsy for diagnosis or complete removal. Biopsies or complete removal of appropriate lesions can be performed right in our office under local anesthesia usually in less than 30 minutes. Patients can typically go right back to their previous activities, with little or no pain.
Skin cancer will develop primarily on areas of sun-exposed skin such as the Face, lips, ears, neck, chest, arms, hands, and legs. Cancerous lesions take many forms. They can appear as waxy bumps, asymmetrical moles, hard red nodules, or scaly areas of skin. A doctor should be notified as soon as abnormal changes in your skin are noticed, in order to determine the cause.
Moles are growths on the skin that are typically brown or black in color. Instead of spreading throughout the skin, cells that make up a mole grow in a cluster and change color as they are exposed to the sun. They can appear alone or in groups, and by adults on average will have between 10 to 40 moles by age 30.
Most moles change slowly over time, and are not dangerous. However, if differences in shape, size, or color are noticed, a doctor should be contacted to evaluate the condition.
Sebaceous cysts arise from sebaceous glands, which secrete oils that lubricate skin and hair. They are generally round in shape, smooth to the touch; and made up of keratins, fibrous tissues, or fluids. Sebaceous cysts can be caused by an overproduction of testosterone, swollen hair follicles, or blocked sebaceous glands. Most cysts are not dangerous or harmful; however, they may require antibiotics or other medical attention for removal.