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Benign skin lesions

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Updated: 1/14/2003 2:29 pm
A benign skin lesion is a breakdown of tissue such as a wound, sore, abscess, or tumor. This term is used to describe a nonmalignant condition which will not spread or grow back after removal. Though few skin disorders are life threatening, monthly self-exams of your skin and routine use of sun-protection products are important. When performing a monthly skin self exam, note the location and size of any moles, blemishes, or birthmarks. It's a good idea to make a body map, then use it to detect any changes in the condition of your skin each month. Examine your body, front and back, in the mirror, and then the right and left sides with your arms raised. Look carefully at forearms and under upper arms and palms. Check between your fingers and the skin near and under nails. Look at the backs of the legs and feet, including spaces between the toes and the soles of the feet. Examine the back of the neck and scalp, being sure to include the area behind and on top of the ears. Also, check the top and back of shoulders. Finally, check the back and buttocks. Early detection is your greatest asset so don't hesitate to contact your health provider immediately if you notice any changes in your skin. Also, avoid too much exposure to the sun. When you work outside or spend time in the sun, make sure you cover up exposed skin and use a 'sun block' lotion or creme. Finally, if a birth mark, mole, or other spot on your skin starts to change, it is recommended that you see your doctor immediately. For more information on benign skin lesions, contact your health care provider.

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