Precancerous Lesions

Understanding and identifying the signs of skin cancer is vital, but recognizing and monitoring any changes in your skin spots over time is equally essential. At Metro Dermatology, we routinely examine the skin for abnormal growths or changes.

With locations in the Bronx, Elmhurst, Flushing, New York, and Fort Lee, New Jersey, Metro Dermatology is here to assist you. Schedule your consultation with us today.

What are Precancerous Lesions?

Precancerous lesions are areas on the skin that may not currently be cancerous but have the potential to develop into cancer over time. These lesions can resemble moles in appearance.

While it's common to have these growths, it's crucial to monitor them for any changes, such as alterations in size, shape, color, or symmetry. Lesions that show these changes may need medical evaluation.

Diagnosing Precancerous Lesions

Observing changes in your skin is important, but a definitive diagnosis of a precancerous lesion requires a dermatologist's expertise. During your consultation, a thorough skin examination is often sufficient to identify precancerous conditions, though a biopsy might be necessary in certain instances.

Treating Precancerous Lesions

Metro Dermatology employs several advanced, evidence-based treatments for addressing precancerous skin lesions:

  • Cryotherapy: Treatment utilizing liquid nitrogen to effectively destroy precancerous cells.
  • Photodynamic therapy: This method uses a photosensitizing agent administered topically. After absorption, the treated area is exposed to a specific light, triggering a reaction that eliminates abnormal cells.
  • Immunotherapy: Effective for both wart removal and alopecia areata, this approach boosts the immune system's ability to recognize and destroy foreign cells naturally.

These treatments can offer an effective alternative to surgery or other more invasive methods, minimizing risk and recovery time.

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