Calgary Lumps & Bumps Clinic
We Thoroughly Examine Lumps And Bumps
A ‘lesion‘ is a growth that occurs on the surface of the skin. Beneath the skin, a growth can be referred to as a ‘mass’. Masses can be solid or fluid-filled. The majority of growths, whether they be on or underneath the skin are BENIGN (not cancerous). It can be difficult for patients to know the difference.
What Can A Lumps And Bumps Examination Identify?
Skin lesions are evaluated in order to detect skin cancer. There are three types of skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma. Basal Cell Carcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma are typically non-aggressive skin cancers. In rare cases, they can spread to other areas of the body. Mostly however, they grow slowly and spread only locally. They can be disfiguring however, and therefore it is still important to catch these early. Malignant Melanoma is a dangerous and life-threatening skin cancer. It can be metastatic, meaning it can spread to other areas of the body.
A mass discovered beneath the skin is most commonly a lipoma or an epidermal inclusion (sebaceous) cyst, both of which are benign. A lipoma is a firm collection of fat cells. While not life threatening, they can create discomfort for patients. An epithelial inclusion cyst is a fluid filled sac. These often drain a cheesy consistency of fluid, which can have a foul smell. On occasion, these cysts can become infected, making their excision more difficult.
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- Patients should be alerted by skin growths that are slowly changing, growing, bleeding, or poorly healing. Lesions that behave in this way should always be evaluated.
- On the surface, skin lesions can usually be characterized simply by their visual appearance.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma can appear as dome-shaped, raised bumps. They are often shiny and have blood vessels coursing through them.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma appear dry and scaly. When advanced, skin break down can occur.
- Malignant melanoma can appear as dark black or purple spots that are either flat or raised.
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