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Skin Cancer and Benign Tumor & Information Gallery

  • Actinic Keratosis - Often called "sun spots", this skin disease look scale like or crusty. Actinic Keratosis can disappear, but reappear later.

  • Cherry Angioma - Taking the name "cherry" from the color of this skin disease, the size of this skin disease ranges from very small to golf ball size. This picture shows a typical cherry angioma mark.

  • Bateman's Purpura - Often occurring in older people, this skin marking looks like large bruises. It is cause by weak blood vessel walls; extended aspirin use or heavy consumption of alcohol can increase the chances of getting Bateman's Purpura.

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma - A form of cancer, this skin disease is often contributed to damaging sun exposure. Basal Cell Carcinoma appears on most people in heavily sun exposed areas. If you have any odd skin markings including discolored moles, raised patches of skin or pimple like markings that won't disappear, they could be a sign of basal cell carcinoma.

  • Bowen's Disease - Bowen's Disease is an under the skin formation of squamous cell carcinoma (see below.) This disease usually appears scale like.

  • Chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis - This skin disease, often found in older men, are inflamed bumps found on the ear. They become scale like and crusty, and are usually painful. Chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis is often caused by over exposure to the sun of previous frost bite.

  • Cutaneous Horn - Taking the name "horn" by the shape of this skin disease, this pointy growth appears on the outside of the skin.

  • Epidermal Cyst - Epidermal, meaning outside skin, is a cyst that forms on the body. Often pimple like, this skin disease is caused by a bacteria. It is common to see these cysts occur near a piercing on the body.

  • Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans - A form of tumor, this rare skin disease occurs under the skin, most often in females. The tumors can look brown or blue, with red tints. These tumors are known to start off small but grow at a rapid pace to very large masses. See a picture here.

  • Granular Cell Tumor - This type of tumor are usually small and are located below the outer layer of the skin in the muscles or organs of the body. Some forms of this tumor are cancerous while some are not.

  • Keratoacanthoma - This scale like and crusty bump is often referred to as "volcano like" in it's shape. The most extreme danger of this cancer is it spreading to lymph nodes in the body.

  • Keloid - A keloid is a scar like, raised patch of skin that continues to remain even after injuries occur. Keloids appear raised and smooth and are a pink or purple color.

  • Lipoma - Lipoma is a type of skin disease that occurs below the skin. Occurring anywhere in the body, this skin disease is a growth of fat cells.

  • Malignant Melanoma - This is a form of cancer that occurs on the skin. It is often brown or reddish and grows and spreads if left unattended. Individuals with fair skin are more likely to get malignant melanoma. It is important to avoid extreme sun exposure and to watch moles and markings on the body for changes.

  • Malignant fibrous histiocytoma - This type of cancer actually does not occur in the skin, but in the bone or soft tissues of the body, making it a very rare disease. It is most common to see this cancer in legs and arms, but it has also been found in the kidneys and lungs. There is no apparent cause for this disease.

  • Neurofibroma - Neurofibroma occurs in the nervous system and usually affects the nerves that are closest to the skin. Systems of these non cancerous tumors include pain or even painless masses that continue to grow under the skin.

  • Nevus - Nevus, meaning mole, is a non cancerous mole.

  • Otophyma - Is an abnormal growth in the ears.

  • Rhinophyma - Often just called "rosacea", this is a skin disease that causes redness and a flushed like completion on the face. There are a few stages of rhinophyma, including a phase where pimple like growths appear. Rhinophyma can sometimes be disfiguring in extreme cases.

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma - The second most common skin cancer, these scale like patches become growing tumors that will spread through the entire body if left untreated.

  • Sebaceous Hyperplasia - Sebaceous hyperplasia are enlarged oil glands in the skin. It is a fairly common skin disease.

  • Seborreheic Keratosis - This non cancerous skin growth is extremely common and is found in most individuals. Seborreheic keratoris is a brown or pale mole or growth that appears all throughout the body.

  • Skin Tags - Skin tags are non cancerous flaps of skin that hang off the epidermis. Skin tags are quite normal and usually appear on areas of the body where there is heavy rubbing or irritation.

  • Syringoma - These non cancerous bumps that appear on the skin are often found on the face. They are caused by enlarged sweat glands and are not only common, but harmless as well.

  • Warts - Warts common growths on the skin that show up all over the body. They are usually small raised or cauliflower type blisters. They are caused specifically by HPV - human papilloma virus. Most warts can be removed by treatments such as freezing them or surgically removing them.

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