One of the major causes of skin cancer is excessive exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Skin abnormalities that can develop over time include actinic keratosis (AK) and benign growths, such as skin tags, moles, and cysts. In some instances, these skin concerns can become cancerous.
AKs appear as scaly, rough sections on the skin that can grow in size. Though originally benign, these lesions can progress to squamous cell carcinoma, which is the second most common skin cancer. Since there is no way to tell if an AK will become cancerous, our doctors stress the importance of getting the lesions removed.
In addition to AKs, skin cancer can manifest in the form of moles, skin tags, and cysts. Though these growths are often harmless, you should be familiar with any skin texture abnormalities like these, so you can recognize if their appearance changes – which can be a sign that something is wrong. Should you notice the size, shape, or colour of these growths altering, please contact your family physician and request a referral to one of our doctors so they can determine whether it is benign or potentially malignant.