What should I do if I have a suspicious lesion on my skin?

The doctors of Harris Dermatology in Fort Myers and Naples, Florida are available to help patients with their skin care concerns. We are board-certified dermatologist who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. We see many patients in our practice who have a suspicious lesion, mole, or growth on their body that they want to have evaluated to ensure it is not skin cancer.

How is skin cancer diagnosed?

There are several different ways in which skin cancer can present itself. In most cases, melanoma, the most serious type of cancer, is found through changes in existing moles on the skin. However, other types of skin cancer may present as a growth, lesion, or even a wound that fails to heal. Because of the many characteristics of skin cancer, it is best to seek a proper diagnosis from a skin cancer specialist. Drs. Brian Harris, H. Ross Harris, and Keith Harris can assist in evaluating suspicious lesions and taking a biopsy. Biopsies are samples of the growth that are sent to a laboratory for further evaluation. If there are cancerous cells found in the biopsy, the patient has a positive diagnosis of skin cancer.

What are the different types of skin cancer that may be diagnosed?

There are three primary varieties of skin cancer that may be found on a patient, including:

  • Melanoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Basal cell carcinoma

Treatment for each will vary depending on the variety of cancer, the location of the cancer, and the size of the cancer.

Contact the team at Harris Dermatology today to learn more about diagnosis and screenings for skin cancer

If you have an unusual lesion or growth on your skin that raises concern, we encourage you to take the time to book an appointment with our doctors at Harris Dermatology. Drs. Brian Harris, H. Ross Harris, and Keith Harris are here to provide screenings and evaluations to put your mind at ease. We have two convenient locations in the areas of Fort Myers and Naples, Florida, and welcome new patients and families from the community and surrounding areas.

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