Common Types of Skin Lesions
Normal moles that can show up anytime throughout your life. They have a healthy round shape, as well as an even, not jagged border and are tan, brown or flesh-toned.
Melanoma lookalikes that can up your risk for disease, and possibly even morph into it. Your Radiant Complexions Dermatology provider will decide if it’s best to keep a close eye on the mole for changes or biopsy it.
Precancers that can lead to squamous cell carcinomas. It usually appears on sun-exposed areas (scalp, ears) and can be treated with liquid nitrogen or a prescription cream.
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
The most common form of skin cancer. Usually pearlescent and reddish pink in color (like a pimple), it most often occurs on your face, shoulders or scalp. It’s not likely to spread and it’s almost always completely curable if detected and removed early.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
The second most common form of skin cancer. Like BCC, it usually appears on UV-drenched areas like your face, shoulders or scalp. If removed early, SCC is nearly 100 percent curable, if left untreated it can destroy surrounding tissue.
Appears suddenly or develop in an existing mole. It’s usually asymmetrical and dark brown or black. Look for it on your legs, a common location and on your head, where the disease is deadliest. Melanoma is the most fatal form of skin cancer but has a 99 percent survival rate if detected before the tumor spreads beneath the skin.
When Applying Your Sunscreen,
Don't Forget These Key Spots!
Scalp / Hairline
Melanomas found here are deadlier than anywhere else on the body. Doctors think it’s because they’re detected later since hair can hide them.
It’s the leading area for facial skin cancers.
Unlike the upper lip, it’s not shaded from UV rays by the nose.
Left Side of the Face
UV rays can penetrate glass, so driving a car puts this half in greater danger. If you’re more likely to be a passenger, the reverse is true.
These are hot spots for actinic keratoses, precancers that often turn into SCCs.
Melanomas are more common here in women than men, probably because women want suntanned legs and are more likely to skimp -- or skip sunscreen.
Summer sandals and flip-flops leave them more exposed.