Dermatology Skin Cancer Center

Precancerous Lesions

A Precancerous Lesion is a skin growth that contains abnormal cells which can lead to an increased risk of developing into cancer.

Actinic Keratoses are precancerous lesions that can develop into Squamous Cell Carcinoma skin cancers. They typically appear as small, rough, or scaly reddish patches. They tend to occur on sun-exposed areas.

Treatment of these precancerous lesions is recommended to prevent them from transforming into skin cancers. To determine the type of treatment that is needed, Dr. Gross or one of the other providers will examine the lesions to determine a diagnosis and formulate the best treatment plan for you.

Another type of potentially precancerous lesion are atypical moles. Using decades of experience, Dr. Gross or one of the other providers will examine your moles to determine if any of yours may be problematic. Screening moles using the ABCDE rule can help you determine whether a mole or an abnormal growth may be Melanoma.

The ABCDE rule is as follows:

  • Asymmetry (one half of the mole doesn’t match the other)
  • Border irregularity
  • Color that is not uniform
  • Diameter greater than 6 mm (about the size of a pencil eraser)
  • Evolving size, shape or color

If you are suspicious or unsure, make sure to schedule an appointment with our practice, so that we can determine if it needs removal. It is important to know that Melanoma can develop quickly and become life-threatening – so early detection is critical!

Melanoma is not only caused by sun exposure but also may appear on skin that is not normally exposed to the sun.

If you have a growth that you are concerned about or if a new skin growth appears on your body that is irregular in size or color, get it checked by a Dermatologist right away. We are trained professionals who can examine you and determine the appropriate action to take.

The information above is intended for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.