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Hi everyone! Today I want to discuss several benign skin lesions that appear on many people that can often look like skin cancers. These are the growths that bring many people into the dermatologist's office as they can mimic the appearance of all types of skin cancer. Fortunately, these benign lesions are much more common than the skin cancers! A very common growth is called a "seborrheic keratosis" and is related to age as they tend to appear after 30 years ofage. They tend to be rough and can range from being flesh colored to black. These skin growths tend to cause itching or irritation and can grow very quickly. Many people have multiple lesions and some people refer to these as "age spots" or "barnacles." If peeled off, they tend to grow back, and this frustrates many people! Fortunately, these are completely benign and have no cancerous potential. However, they mimic melanoma in that they can change size, color, a...
DefinitionAging changes in the skin are a group of common conditions and developments that occur as people grow older.Alternative NamesWrinkles - aging changes; Thinning of skinInformationSkin changes are among the most visible signs of aging. Evidence of increasing age includes wrinkles and sagging skin. Whitening or graying of the hair is another obvious sign of aging.Your skin does many things. It protects you from the environment, helps control your body temperature and fluid and electrolyte balance, and contains nerve receptors that allow you to feel sensations such as touch, pain, and pressure.Although skin has many layers, it can be generally divided into three main parts:The outer part (epidermis) contains skin cells, pigment, and proteins.The middle part (dermis) contains blood vessels, nerves, hair follicles, and oil glands. The dermis provides nutrients to the epidermis.The inner layer under the dermis (the subcutaneous layer) contains sweat glands, some hair follicles, blo...
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