Skin Lesions

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is an uncontrolled and not normal growth of skin cells. There are different types of cancer, depending on the cell that proliferates. The most common are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, and melanoma. Skin cancer is the most frequent among all existing tumors.

When should a black/pink spot be evaluated by a doctor?

  • When there are color and size (increase or decrease) changes;
  • When it itches, sears or hurts constantly;
  • When black spots appear on the feet soles, hand palms, scalp, inside the mouth or on the genital mucosa;
  • When it bleeds;
  • When it is located on areas of constant hair removal, such as the facial beard in men or on areas of hair removal in women.

How the removal of spots is done? 

The procedure is carried out within a medical office under local anesthesia. Usually the tissue removed is sent to a pathology laboratory for a pathological report. This procedure is covered by most of health insurances.

Is it possible to prevent spots to become skin cancer? 

Yes, with frequent monitoring and also with some routine care, such as: 

  • Avoiding excessive sun exposure;
  • Using sunscreen as from SPF 15 or higher and reapplying it every two hours;
  • Applying sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure; and
  • Avoid sunbathing from 10:00 AM up to 04:00 PM.

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Last updated on 18/10/2016 às 13:12:58