There are numerous different growths that can develop anywhere on the skin.  As people age, more growths may develop. A consultation with your dermatologist can help establish the diagnosis of the skin growth and most importantly whether it is considered non-cancerous, pre-cancerous, or cancerous.   Sometimes, when the diagnosis is not clear based on the clinical exam, a biopsy procedure may be recommended by your dermatologist to clarify the diagnosis.

Examples of common benign growths include seborrheic keratoses, nevi (mole), angiomas, and milia.

An example of a common precancerous growth is an actinic keratosis.  These should be treated to prevent potential development into skin cancers.

Examples of common cancerous growths include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.  These should be treated in a timely fashion to prevent local tissue destruction, spread to other parts of the body, and death.

If you have a new, changing, or any suspicious growth, you should see your dermatologist for an evaluation of that growth.

Call Wall Street Dermatology today for a consultation on a skin growth.