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Patient Education

Patient Education


Acrochordon (skin tag) is a small outgrowth of skin.

Actinic keratosis is a pre-cancer. If left untreated an actinic keratosis may develop into a skin cancer.

Acne is a localized skin inflammation as a result of over active oil glands.

Alopecia areata is a condition that causes hair loss on the scalp and sometimes other parts of the body.

Atypical Melanocytic Proliferation (AMP) is an alarmingly abnormal mole. The abnormality is advanced and experts believe it represents an evolving melanoma in-situ. To stop its progression into a life-threatening melanoma, the recommended treatment for AMP is wide surgical excision.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a form of skin cancer and is typically the least aggressive. Basal cell carcinoma comes from basal cells in the lowest part of the epidermis. However, if left untreated the skin cancer will begin to bleed, crust, and can eventually extend to the bone and nerves, causing considerable damage.

Cyst is a sac-like structure that can occur throughout the body and usually contains a substance.

Dermatitis, also known as eczema, is inflammation of the skin. Dermatitis can result from various animal,vegetable, and chemical substances, from heat or cold, from mechanical irritation, from certain forms of malnutrition, or from infectious disease.

Dysplastic nevus (DN) is an abnormal mole. Even though a dysplastic nevus is benign, further treatment may be required in order to prevent a melanoma.

Lentigo maligna (Hutchinson’s melanotic freckle) is a variant of melanoma and typically develops on chronic sun damaged skin of the elderly.

Lipoma is a benign fatty tumor.

Malignant melanoma (MM) is a malignant skin cancer that has the potential to be life threatening. Malignant melanoma arises from pigment producing cells and can vary in depth. If superficial, the malignant melanoma can be removed with a large excision. If deeper, the malignant melanoma may metastasize requiring a more extensive treatment plan.

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that causes rapid buildup of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of skin cancer. Squamous cell carcinoma comes from the skin cells that make up the top layers of the skin. This skin cancer can spread to other parts of the body if left untreated.

Sunburn is inflammation of the skin that is caused by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.

Wart is a growth in the skin caused by human papillomavirus.

The following links will provide further information and education:

Arizona Skin Cancer Foundation

American Academy of Dermatology

Skin Cancer Foundation

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

American Society for Mohs Surgery

National Psoriasis Foundation

Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)

College of American Pathologists (CAP)

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