Skin Lesions TampaSkin lesions of any kind can cause you to ponder your risk of skin cancer. Men and women from Tampa and surrounding areas such as Channelside, Hyde Park, West Shore, and beyond may feel a little more concerned than most due to the prevalence of sunny weather in our part of the country. If you are concerned about moles or other skin lesions or you want to learn more about how your skin type influences your overall risk for skin cancer, a consultation and examination with Tampa dermatologist Dr. Milan Lombardi is a great first step to take.
In many cases, it is possible to identify whether a skin lesion is simply an area of pigmentation or sun damage or if it is what we call an actinic keratosis. This form of sun damage is also referred to as AK or a precancerous lesion. Actinic keratoses may look like a small flesh-toned bump or like a tan, pink, or red mole. These growths may lie flush on the surface of the skin or they may be slightly raised. They can also vary quite a bit in size.
Touch is often the best sense to employ when identifying actinic keratosis, as lesions often have a rough texture. Sensations like a prickly feeling, tenderness or itching in a skin lesion may also indicate abnormality in the skin cells that have collected in that area. Potentially pre-cancerous skin lesions will most often develop on an area of the body that is routinely exposed to the sun. Remember, if you have used an indoor tanning bed at any time, skin lesions may appear anywhere on the body where UV exposure has occurred.
Commonly exposed areas include the:
Hundreds of conditions and diseases may affect our largest organ. The good news is that there are treatments for each of them. Let us help you preserve your skin. Schedule your visit in our Tampa dermatology office today.
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