Skin growths can appear on the skin for a variety of reasons and many patients desire removal for cosmetic reasons. It is important to have a growth evaluated to determine if it is a benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous) lesion.
Common benign skin growths include: angiomas, cysts, dermatofibromas, keloids, lipomas, moles, neurofibromas, pyogenic granulomas, seborrheic keratoses, skin tags, and warts. The most common malignant skin growths are skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Less common malignant skin growths include Merkel cell carcinoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, sebaceous carcinoma, and dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans. In general, a skin growth that has changed in color, size, or shape, become irritated, or is causing any symptoms should be evaluated by a dermatologist.