Monday, March 31, 2014

A Fungal Infection May Actually Be A Sign of Skin Cancer

When it comes to skin issues, a lot of people tend to self-diagnose. They either do not have the time or the money to invest in a visit to the dermatologist. This can lead to major issues, especially when a self-diagnosis is a misdiagnosis, and a seemingly minor infection is actually a symptom of something worse.

In a recent study presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Dermatology Association, scientists discovered that treatment-resistant fungal infections on the skin should be biopsied. These infections, they learned, can mimic or coexist with malignancies that can lead to skin cancer.

When it comes to your skin, it is extremely important to seek the opinion of a dermatologist and undergo a proper skin biopsy. The sooner you receive an expert diagnosis, the sooner your condition can be treated. Early diagnosis can also help prevent future problems and the need for intensive treatment.

While biopsies are most often performed to identify cancerous areas, they can also help to detect other conditions that could be harmful to an individual’s health. A skin biopsy will help a dermatologist determine the best therapy or treatment option for a specific individual.

According to Afsaneh Alavi, MD, FRCPC, a dermatologist at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and one of the presenting authors of the study, sometimes multiple biopsies are necessary for a proper diagnosis.

In addition to early diagnosis, it is also important to recognize the signs of skin cancer. If you have any moles or lesions that are asymmetrical, uneven or have changed in color, size or shape, you should seek an expert opinion immediately.

If you have a fungal infection or have shown any possible signs of skin cancer, please schedule an appointment with Greenville Dermatology today by calling (864) 242-5872.   

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