What Are Skin and Soft Tissue Concerns?
Skin problems can appear on the skin or below the skin’s surface. Skin and Soft Tissue issues range from mild cases such as cysts and lipomas to more serious cases such as skin cancers. At MIIS, our team is dedicated to treating each skin problem with the utmost care and attention.
Melanoma is a type of cancer that begins in the melanocytes. These are the skin cells that produce melanin, how our skin gets its color. Melanoma isn’t as common as some other types of skin cancer, but it is more likely to spread throughout the body.
Although skin melanomas can occur anywhere on the body, men are most likely to develop melanomas on their back, while women are most likely to develop it on their legs.
There are many risk factors for melanoma, including:
- UV light exposure
- Fair skin, freckling and light hair
- Family history of melanoma
Though there is no sure way you can prevent melanoma, limiting your exposure to ultraviolet rays is the most important way to lower your risk. It is also important to check your skin regularly for any abnormal moles or growths. Moles unusual in color, size, shape, or ones that have changed significantly over time should be checked by a doctor.
A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty lump that typically is located between your skin and the underlying muscle layer. A lipoma feels soft and doughy to the touch, and moves easily with slight pressure. Lipomas are usually small, less than 2 inches in diameter when first detected. Some people may develop multiple lipomas at once. Genetics may play a role in the development of lipomas, though their cause isn’t fully understood.
A lipoma isn’t cancer and usually is harmless. Treatment generally isn’t necessary, but if the lipoma bothers you, is painful or is growing, you may want to have it removed. If you have questions or concerns about a lipoma, make an appointment to have it looked it.
Lymph Node Biopsy
The lymph nodes are part of the immune system and are located all throughout the body. These small organs are located throughout the body and connected to each other by lymph vessels. Your lymph nodes can s well when your body is fighting off an infection, but swollen lymph nodes can also be caused by cancer. An excisional biopsy is the best way to determine why your lymph nodes are enlarged. During an biopsy we will remove a piece of the enlarged lymph node and send the tissue to a lab for testing.