How do you know when skin growths require treatment in Chicago, IL?
As we have continued to hear a great deal about skin cancer and the dangers of sun exposure, many people have become a bit concerned about the moles and skin growths they notice on their body. Growths may be a number of different colors, from brown to red, and may be flat or raised. Essentially, moles and skin growths are unique from one to another. No two look identical, which can make it difficult to determine if treatment may be needed. Chicago, IL dermatologist Dr. Jonith Breadon helps her patients get to know their skin and she provides care ranging from routine skin cancer screenings to mole removal.
Is it a mole or is it skin cancer?
The more acquainted we are with our own skin the better we will be at recognizing potential concerns. Through self-examinations performed on a monthly basis, you can get to know your skin and have better control over your health and wellbeing. It’s that simple. If, during a routine self-examination, suspicious characteristics are noticed in a mole, a consultation with your dermatologist should be made.
A genuine mole is one that has been present since birth. All other moles and skin growths are the result of other factors, such as sun exposure. One of the key factors in the recognition of suspicious lesions is continuity. A mole should remain unchanged throughout your life. It should have a uniform shape, color, and size. If a mole changes to a different color, shape, size, or texture, it needs to be evaluated. Evaluation should also be scheduled for moles that are multiple colors, bleed, are large, or that are irregularly shaped.
Abnormal characteristics are warning signs. They do not necessarily mean that you have skin cancer or melanoma. During your consultation with Dr. Breadon, you can learn how to perform monthly self-exams and to identify characteristics that are abnormal for the moles that currently exist on your body.
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What happens if a growth is cancerous?
The good news about skin cancer is that there is great potential for cure when detection and treatment occur in the early stages. When skin cancer is not treated right away, there is an increased risk of recurrence at some point. In the office of your experienced dermatologist are several treatment options for the different types of skin cancer. Treatment is developed around type, size, location, and severity.
Abnormal cell growth is not the only reason a person may want to have a mole or skin growth removed. A growth that is in a very visible location or in a spot where it becomes irritated by clothing, shaving, or another activity can be troublesome. Dr. Breadon provides mole removal treatment that can improve your comfort and appearance.
Schedule your skin cancer screening by calling (855) 400-3818.