The cutaneous tumors: typology and how to detect them

Written by: Dra. Angela Hernández Martín
Published: | Updated: 28/10/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The dermatologist, Dr.. Martin Hernandez says that you are the cutaneous tumors and how to detect them. Dr. Angela Martin Hernandez is a leader in the specialty of Dermatology for his extensive professional training both nationally and internationally.

¿What are cutaneous tumors


cutaneous tumors are algal cells that develop in the skin and are painless in most cases. They can be divided into benign and malignant tumors. Benign tumors can cause functional or aesthetic nuisance but not endanger the patient's life. In contrast, malignant tumors have an aggressive behavior and produce, based on the type in question, local tissue destruction and / or dissemination to other organs ( metastasis ). Within these two groups can be distinguished: individual melanomas and melanoma tumors ( less aggressive ). Melanoma is much less common than these other tumors, but often are more aggressive because they can spread and end the patient's life.

¿What we observe changes in the skin when a pigmented skin lesion is harmful ?

Should we worry when it grows too much too soon, it changes color, becomes ulcerated, or cause subjective complaints such as itching. To recall, the rule ABCDE is very useful, because it summarizes all these warning signs: symmetry, b ordes irregular, c heterogeneous odor, d greater than 6 millimeters and iameter changes e volutivos. It is advisable to see a dermatologist periodically, especially when the lesions are located in areas of difficult self-control, such as the back, the back of the legs or scalp.

¿That chance exists of developing a cutaneous tumor if immediate family ( parent or sibling) have had a malignant


The hereditary predisposition in the skin cancer is a proven fact and should be taken into account both by patients and by dermatologists who care. For this reason, it is advisable to see a dermatologist when close relatives have been diagnosed with malignant tumors, and warn doctors of this fact.

¿What treatments need malignancies


should be removed. Function of the nature of the tumor, its size, its location, its aggressiveness and ability to dissemination, a method will be elected or other. In most cases, the method of first choice is the Surgery, whether conventional or controlled microscopic margins ( Mohs Surgery ). Alternatively, you can used the photodynamic therapy, certain types of ablative laser, cryosurgery, or topical treatments can eliminate the tumor. The experience and training of the dermatologist will also be decisive in choosing the appropriate method in each case.

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Dra. Angela Hernández Martín

By Dra. Angela Hernández Martín
Pediatric dermatology

Dr. Angela Martin Hernandez is a leader in the specialty of dermatology for its extensive training both nationally and internationally. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Pediatric Dermatology. Dr. Hernandez is an expert in Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery and other areas of general dermatology. She practices at the Hospital of the Child Jesus and the Blessed Mary Anne Hospital.

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