Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer with more new cases occurring than combined incidences of prostate, breast, lung, and colon cancer each year. Cancer occurs when normal cells undergo transformation and grow and multiply without normal controls. Skin cancers are generally curable if caught early. However, people who have had skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing a new skin cancer. That is why it is imperative for regular self-examination and doctor visits for an early diagnosis to be made. People with light skin who sunburn easily are at a higher risk for developing skin cancer but any skin color or race is susceptible to the condition.
Skin Cancer Screening
It is imperative to have a full body skin examination performed by a dermatology provider every year to screen for skin cancers. Getting screened is now more important than ever, the number of skin cancer cases in the U.S. is growing at an alarming rate.
For self-examination, use the ABCDE guide to spot melanoma or other skin cancers:
What are the different types of Skin Cancer?
There are three major types of skin cancer:
Skin Cancer Prevention
Some tips for skin cancer prevention:
Skin Cancer Treatment
The treatment options for skin cancer and the precancerous skin lesions known as actinic keratoses will vary, depending on the type, size, severity, and location of the lesions. When deciding on skin cancer treatment, our providers will assist by evaluating all of the options available and assembling a treatment plan based on a patient’s individual circumstances. Treatment options consists of:
If you are concerned about a spot you currently have or have any questions about a diagnosis of skin cancer, please call our offices for an appointment.