Revealed! How to Tell if Skin Lesions Are Cancerous

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Sebaceous hyperplasia

An enlargement of the sebaceous glands, sebaceous hyperplasia is characterized by a yellow or flesh-colored papule with a small dip in the center. They usually form on the faces of adult patients. Sebaceous hyperplasia is most common in men who have undergone organ transplants and often resemble cancerous lesions, but they are benign. 

Generally, they are removed by cutting, cryotherapy or laser therapy. 


Ephilides, or freckles, are another type of skin lesion. These are small, hyperpigmented spots on sun-exposed skin. They mostly affect people who are fair skinned. They aren't necessarily tumors, but over-pigmented spots of the skin. If you have a large numbers of freckles, it may indicate a greater risk of melanoma, so freckles should be monitored. 

Freckles themselves are not treated. Sometimes, people will try to bleach or lighten them for cosmetic reasons, but there is no medical reason for removing ephilides.