Benign and Malignant Skin Lesions
More than 1 million people are expected to develop skin cancer this year, according to the National Cancer Institute. While most skin cancers form in older people as a result of sun exposure or in people who have weakened immune systems, it is essential that everyone participate in routine health maintenance exams that include skin inspection.
While many skin lesions are harmless and simply require monitoring, removal of suspicious skin lesions can reduce the risk they will develop into a malignancy, or cancer. In fact, almost all skin cancers can be cured by early surgical removal.
If your lesion requires biopsy, or a surgical sample of the lesion, this can be done in our office or as an outpatient as indicated. The lesion will be looked at under a microscope to help with the proper diagnosis.