Benign Skin Conditions
About Benign Skin Conditions
The description of a tumour as ‘benign’ indicates that although it may grow in size, it is not technically cancerous and will not spread to other parts of the body. While the fact that the tumour or lesion isn’t malignant, and therefore isn’t cancer, is almost certainly a great relief to the patient, it can still cause damage to organs, tissue and nerves in its vicinity if it grows in size. Because of this, it is important that patients are monitored closely and treated appropriately. Following the correct procedure usually ensures that the overall prognosis for benign conditions is very good and treatment is generally successful.
Benign skin conditions can present in a variety of ways, and the signs are often different for different people. However, the most common symptoms are:
- A lump on the skin
- Pain in a certain area of the skin
If any of these symptoms apply to you, or if you have any concerns about similar symptoms, it is essential that you see your doctor at once, as it is important to know as soon as possible if a lump or lesion is benign or malignant, to ensure that you get the best possible outcome.
If you are referred to CCL for diagnostic tests regarding a suspected skin condition, a thorough examination will be undertaken to discover if it is benign or malignant. This will involve:
- A physical examination of the lump/lesion and surrounding area
- A blood test, to check for any abnormalities
- A biopsy, where cell samples are taken for examination for signs of cancer
At CCL there are a number of treatment options available for patients with benign skin conditions, and the type of treatment a patient receives depends on the type of disease. The treatment types include:
- Surgery to remove the lump or lesion
- Cryotherapy, which involves using extreme cold temperatures to treat benign tumours by killing abnormal cells
- Radiotherapy, which is the use of high-energy rays to destroy cells and is the most common way of treating non-malignant conditions.
After the diagnosis and treatment of your benign condition, you will see both a surgeon and radiation oncologist for follow-up examinations, to manage any acute side effects from the treatment, and to look for any signs of disease recurrence.
Because any scarring you may get after treatment is external and visible, you may develop concerns about self-esteem, body image and recurrence. We here to offer you all the support you need.
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