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Noah K. Weisberg, M.D.
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Skin Cancer or Seborrheic Keratosis: When Should You Get Screened?

Skin Cancer Care Specialists | February 27, 2018

Skin Cancer Jupiter, FL Noah Weisberg MD

When you live in a state that’s known for its sunshine, you probably already know to be on the lookout for skin cancer symptoms. Because excessive exposure to sunlight is the biggest factor associated with skin cancer development, Floridians especially are asked to regularly check their skin for any changes that could be cancer. But when you’re self-examining moles, patches, rashes or other developments, have you ever wondered what to be looking for? Have you asked yourself when to go in for a screening and when what you’re looking at is no big deal?

If so, you’re not alone. So with that in mind, here’s a look at a few facts about seborrheic keratosis (a non-cancerous skin condition that affects about 83 million Americans) and skin cancer. When you’re checking your body, here’s what you want to know.

  1. Seborrheic Keratosis and Skin Cancer May Look Alike. One of the reasons regular skin screenings from a professional are so important is that cancerous and non-cancerous growths on the skin may look the same. Seborrheic keratosis are often patchy and brown, and they may be waxy or scab-like.
  2. Both Seborrheic Keratosis and Skin Cancer May Not Cause Symptoms. If you’ve assumed your new skin growths aren’t harmful because you feel fine, you could be missing a warning sign. Unfortunately, feeling good doesn’t necessarily mean those growths are or aren’t harmful.
  3. The Best Way to Tell the Difference Is through a Dermatologist. Because skin cancer and seborrheic keratosis are not easy to distinguish from one another, your best defense is regular skin screenings. Sometimes a doctor can tell the difference just by looking at them; other times, a biopsy will provide the answer. In either case, getting a professional opinion can’t hurt.

When it comes to skin growths—moles, rashes, patches, etc.—it’s always better to be cautious. If you catch skin cancer early, you can do something about it through treatment. Schedule a skin cancer screening to put your mind at ease that you know what is going on in your body. Call us at 561-775-6011 and our staff would be happy to help you set up your next skin cancer screening appointment.

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