Family Medicine Physician & Aesthetics Specialist located in Patterson, CA
Skin cancer affects millions of Americans each year, but doctors can resolve most cases without complications due to early intervention. Skin lesion removal performed by Ali Abdul Wahid, MD, and the team at Wahid Medical in Patterson, California, is a step that helps stop skin cancer before it spreads, so you heal completely. Call the office or book online if you detect an unusual growth or irregular mole to see if it needs excision.
Skin Lesion Removal Q&A
What is a skin check?
Wahid Medical provides skin checks, which are visual exams of your skin. The screening looks for moles, birthmarks, or lesions that are unusual in their size, texture, shape, or color.
A skin check offers a head-to-toe assessment of your skin. Your provider even looks in areas that are hard for you to check yourself, such as your buttocks and between your toes.
Your provider is looking for skin abnormalities or irregularities, including:
- Asymmetrical or discolored moles
- Precancerous lesions
- Possible skin cancer
Most people benefit from undergoing a skin check at least once per year. The team at Wahid Medical can help you with scheduling.
How are irregular skin lesions treated?
Treatment depends on the skin irregularity. For example, moles aren’t usually harmful unless they have an unusual shape, especially if large, discolored, or with irregular borders. But, Wahid Medical can remove even a normal mole if it’s cosmetically unattractive or rubs against clothing.
If your provider finds a suspicious lesion that appears to be precancerous or cancerous, they recommend a skin biopsy. This involves removing all or part of a lesion and sending a sample to a lab for analysis.
What happens during a skin lesion or mole biopsy?
If your provider finds an abnormal-looking lesion or mole, they remove it completely using a scalpel and send it to a laboratory for analysis. If it does turn out to be cancerous, they do a procedure that removes the entire lesion and also removes some normal tissue to ensure they get all the cancer cells. This prevents the cancer from spreading and causing complications.
Who is at the greatest risk of developing a cancerous lesion?
While anyone can develop skin cancer, some people are more likely to. They often have:
- Light skin tone
- Blonde or red hair
- Light-colored eyes
- Large number of moles
- Family or personal history of skin cancer
- Skin that burns or freckles easily
Wahid Medical can advise you as to your suspected risk and help schedule your routine skin checks. Regular skin checks help preserve your overall health.
Call the office of Wahid Medical or book online to have your skin checked and any suspicious lesions removed.