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Removal of facial skin lesions

According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, most skin cancers can be cured if diagnosed and treated early. Aside from protecting your skin from sun damage, it is important to recognize the early signs of skin cancer.

The ABCDEs of melanoma are a helpful guide:

(A) Asymmetry
(B) Borders
(C) Color
(D) Diameter
(E) Evolution

The symptoms of melanoma skin cancer include:

(A) Moles that are different on one side (asymmetry)
(B) Irregular borders of a mole
(C) Color variation including shades of brown and black, which could be concerning
(D) Diameter or the size—if the mole is larger than 6 mm, a doctor should evaluate it
(E) Moles or lesions that are different than the rest, or change in size, shape, or color over time are concerning (evolution)

Symptoms of non-melanoma skin cancer include:

  • Itchy patches of skin that may crust over or are very painful
  • Bumps or skin spots that bleed easily or crust over frequently
  • Nodules (aggregation or swelling or abnormal swelling) that do not go away. These may be clear, a pearl-like color, or even red, pink, or white. Skin sores that do not heal.
  • A scar-like bump that was not caused by injury or trauma

If you have any lesions that you are concerned about, please talk with your primary care provider or make an appointment to see Dr. Willman to discuss the appropriate steps for management of the areas of concern.

Meet Tyler Willman, MD

To make an appointment with Dr. Willman, call the Center for Specialty Care team at 608.357.2525. Treatment options are available. Together, we can determine the best option for you.

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