Suspicious Skin Lesions Removal Bend, OR

Although skin lesions, in general, do not require any type of special treatment, suspicious skin lesions may become candidates for removal if they start to become troublesome to the patient. Prior to the removal of suspicious skin lesions, doctors will first consider how long it has been there, if the lesion has changed, if it is bleeding, or tender, or if the patient is becoming concerned that it might be cancerous.

What are the types of suspicious skin lesions?

If the skin lesion is suspected to be a basal cell carcinoma then it will show signs of bleeding, ulceration, will be locally destructive, and will rarely spread to other parts of the body, but will be indicated for removal to ensure the patient’s safety. Suspected squamous cell carcinomas occur mainly on the areas that are chronically exposed to the sun including the head and the back of the hands. These lesions have the potential to spread to other parts of the body, so proper observation and diagnosis is needed. Suspected melanoma occurs in persons that have had excessive sun exposure, have a large number of moles, have a family history of melanoma, or are in the older age groups.

How are suspicious skin lesions detected?

If a suspicious skin lesion is detected, it would be helpful to know the ABCD’s of checking for precancerous lesions.

A – Asymmetry – Does half of the lesion look different from the other half?

B – Border Irregularity – Are the edges of the lesion uneven, ragged, or blurred?

C – Color – Does the lesion have a variety of colors?

D – Diameter – What is the size of the lesion?

What should be done if suspicious skin lesions are detected?

  • If a lesion appears to be suspicious to the patient, measure the lesion and review its size in about eight weeks.
  • If a lesion is highly suspicious, visit a doctor to have it excised and ask them to perform a biopsy.

What methods are used for the removal of suspicious skin lesions?

If a lesion is suspected to be precancerous or cancerous, it will be excised together with a 2 mm margin of healthy tissue. If necessary, a wider excision may be performed in the weeks following the initial excision. Unlike other types of lesions, punch or shave biopsies must not be performed on suspicious skin lesions to make sure that cancer cells, if present, will not spread to other areas of the body. Cryotherapy is also not recommended for the removal of suspicious skin lesions.