Are Growths on the Face Typically Cancerous?

Are Growths on the Face Typically Cancerous?

If you’re worried that a new facial skin growth could be cancerous, you have good cause for concern. Over a million American adults are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer each year, and hundreds of thousands more discover they have potentially fatal melanoma. 

At the private practice of board-certified dermatologist Allen A. Flood, MD, we’re dedicated to helping you maintain the healthiest skin possible. Dr. Flood specializes in diagnosing benign and malignant growths on the face and body to catch and treat any cancerous cells early.

You know your body better than anyone, so if you detect a new facial growth, learn the signs and symptoms of cancerous growths. Keep reading to discover what our experts have to say about facial growths and skin cancer.

Could my facial skin growth be cancerous?

The good thing about facial skin growths is that you tend to notice them sooner than growths in less visible locations, like the back of your shoulders. While any new growths could indicate skin cancer, they might also be a normal part of your skin’s development, especially as you age. 

Many different types of skin cancer exist, and each has its own signs and symptoms. If you notice a new growth on your face, seek an expert dermatological opinion for an accurate diagnosis. 

In the meantime, here are some signs and symptoms to look for that are more likely to be cancerous than other skin growths:

The good news is that when detected early, skin cancer is highly treatable. In fact, about 99% of people who get an early diagnosis recover fully. To rule out skin cancer or begin treatment, have a medical professional like Dr. Flood examine your skin, and schedule regular checkups.

What should I do if I have a growth on my face?

Whether or not you notice any of these warning signs or symptoms of skin cancer, it’s best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Flood. He uses his years of experience evaluating skin growths to diagnose your condition. 

When you come in for a skin check, Dr. Flood evaluates your face along with the rest of your skin for signs of skin cancer. He also asks you questions about your skin, health history, and lifestyle to take different risk factors into account. Some factors that increase your risk include:

Dr. Flood takes a biopsy of anything suspicious and sends it to a lab for evaluation. If your facial skin growth is cancerous, Dr. Flood determines the stage of cancer and which type of treatment is right for you.

To learn more about facial skin growths or to schedule a screening, call our office to schedule an appointment at our office on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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