Skin lesions are abnormal growths or areas of tissue on the skin that can be caused by various factors, such as infections, injuries, genetics, or exposure to environmental factors. There are many types of skin lesions, and they can vary in appearance, size, and texture.
Here are some common types of skin lesions:
- Moles: Moles are usually brown or black and can appear anywhere on the body. Most moles are harmless, but some can develop into melanoma, a type of skin cancer.
- Warts: Warts are caused by a viral infection and can appear as small, rough bumps on the skin. They can be spread through direct contact and are often found on the hands, feet, and genitals.
- Skin tags: Skin tags are small, soft, benign growths that can appear on the neck, armpits, and groin. They are typically harmless but can be removed for cosmetic reasons.
- Seborrheic keratoses: Seborrheic keratoses are benign, wart-like growths that appear on the skin. They are usually brown or black and can have a rough, scaly texture.
- Actinic keratoses: Actinic keratoses are small, scaly patches of skin that are caused by sun damage. They are usually found on the face, scalp, and hands and can develop into a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma.
- Basal cell carcinoma: Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that usually appears as a small, shiny bump on the skin. It is usually caused by sun exposure and is the most common type of skin cancer.
- Melanoma: Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can develop from a mole or other skin lesion. It is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.
If you notice a new or changing skin lesion, don't hesitate to reach at 425-677-8867 and schedule an appointment! Early detection and treatment can help prevent serious complications, including the spread of cancer.