Your skin is the largest organ in your body…it protects you from negative effects of the environment and deserves your loving attention every day. It’s a good idea to form the habit of checking your body all over once a month for any irregularities or abnormalities. Any new or changing skin condition may be indicative of a more serious medical problem – your best chance of eliminating a serious issue later on is early detection and treatment.
Be on the lookout for these five common types of skin growths:
1. Moles protrude from your skin and are typically brown or black. Many moles form before the age of 30 and can slowly evolve over time. You may have singular moles or moles that appear in bunches. Moles can be removed for either medical or cosmetic purposes. Watch your moles for changes in shape, size or color, as this may possibly indicate skin cancer.
2. Skin tags are flesh-colored flaps of skin that often grown in your armpit, under your breasts, on your neck or in your groin area. They do not usually pose a threat to your health but they can be removed for cosmetic purposes.
3. Seborrheic keratoses also protrude from your skin. They range in color from light brown to black and may develop on your chest, face, under your breasts or your back as you age. There is no known cause for seborrheic keratoses, but they’re typically harmless.
4. Freckles appear as spots on your skin. Fair-skinned people are more susceptible, and commonly develop freckles on their face, shoulders, and arms. Typically, they become darker during sunnier months. Freckles are not usually a cause for concern and do not need to be removed but they can be indicative of frequent sun exposure.
5. Lentigines are dark spots that appear as a result of sun damage. They are most common in the aging population. They are easily eliminated with topical medication or laser therapy.
Call and schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Quintana. She can examine and diagnose any skin growth that may be of concern to you: (212) 391.8600.