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Keep an Eye on These Often Benign, But Sometimes Malignant Lesions in Fruitland, Idaho

Many people develop colored skin growths that they label as moles. These growths, which are technically known as nevi or keratoses, rarely become skin cancer. The vast majority are benign—meaning they pose no health risk at all. However, when it comes to moles, Fruitland, Idaho’s Dr. Carl Thornfeldt and CT Derm team advise everyone to pay careful attention to any changes. Nevi may develop into premalignant melanoma. Keratoses may sometimes develop into squamous cell or basal cell cancers. Melanoma in particular requires medical attention as soon as possible, and the Fruitland area has one of the highest incidences of melanoma in the United States.

Nevi and keratoses come in a range of colors, shapes, sizes, and numbers. Warning signs for moles that are “bad actors” include asymmetric shapes; indistinct or ragged borders; mottled, unusual, or multiple colors; width greater than a pencil eraser or growing wider; persistent itching or pain lasting longer than two weeks; or changing in any way. A good strategy is to watch for an “ugly duckling,” which means the growth looks different from any other skin growths you have—potentially indicating cancer. Any of these signs can be crucial to getting timely, proper care. We advise everyone to perform monthly skin checks, as well as to schedule visits with a dermatologist every six months if you had skin growths that were bad actors, such as pre-malignant moles or keratoses, in the past. A visit every 18 months is appropriate if you have not previously had a dangerous skin growth.

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Contact CT Derm about examinations and more information on moles in Fruitland, Idaho. To set up a consultation, call 208-452-7450 or send a message online.

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As a clinical dermatologist, Dr. Carl Thornfeldt created Epionce® to be the science-backed solution to specific skin concerns. Decades of research went into the physician-strength, clinically tested skincare line, which uses botanical ingredients to boost the skin barrier, improve radiance, and more.

Here is What our Patients Think

All of the interaction with the staff, technicians and doctors have been professional and friendly. The staff is efficient, the wait times are minimal, and the care is exceptional. I highly recommend CTDerm.

Wade W. (Patient since 2019)

I have known from a distance that Dr. Thornfeldt and his staff were very good. But in just one visit, I realize that I had underestimated how good they are. Our son and daughter's skin issues, as well as my own, were not noticed by our dermatologist where we live. It was fully worth the trip from Florida.

Robert H. (patient since 2016)

My experience with Dr. Thornfeldt and his staff has been nothing but pleasurable. The staff are friendly and helpful going the extra mile to meet the patients needs. Dr. Thornfeldt is dedicated to the care of his patients, actively listening and responding as he seeks to see the bigger picture.

Dezra. R (patient since 2019)

The staff at CT Derm is very friendly and helpful. I found the visit very comfortable. Dr. Thornfeldt is extremely knowledgeable, thorough, and understanding. I am a former patient of his from when he had an office in Nampa, but due to improved skin issues and major life changes, -- a divorce and move, I didn't follow him to his Fruitland office. After over 12 years, and new skin problems, I knew it was time make the drive. I trust him completely and appreciate his experience and expertise.

Ellen S. (patient since 2018)

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