Skin Cancer

SKIN CANCER

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and affects nearly 1 in 5 Americans at least once in their lifetime. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Early detection is the best and easiest way to treat and manage them.

Dysplastic Nevi:

These are not skin cancers, but unusual benign moles that may resemble melanomas. People who have several unchecked may be at a higher risk of developing melanomas in the future. If detected early, it is advisable to remove them with excision to minimize future risk.

Melanoma:

Melanoma is considered one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. Melanomas appear as pigmented or nonpigmented lesions with some asymmetry, irregularity, or significant growth. These skin cancers can be the result of frequent tanning bed use, extended sunburns in your youth, family history, burns or scars, or several unchecked moles. Melanomas are very treatable if caught early and appropriately excised.

Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers:

If you had a skin cancer, a long history of sun exposure, sunburns or are immunocompromised, it’s especially important to have close follow up by a board-certified dermatologist.

Precancers:

Actinic Keratosis, Solar keratosis, Actinic Cheilitis: These are usually precursors to Squamous Cell Carcinomas and develop as scaly patches that do not heal over the forehead, nose, or ears. Treatment can be easy and done in the office with the use of liquid nitrogen, topical chemotherapy treatments, or even some cosmetic options.

Squamous cell carcinomas:

These are the 2nd most common type of skin cancer in the United States. Squamous cell carcinomas ( SCCs) usually develop from abnormal growth of the skin’s outermost layer and chronic sun damage to an area for a number of years. Squamous cell carcinomas are far more common in men than in women and can be more common in those who have previously used tanning beds, had significant burns, ulcerations, chemical exposure, skin inflammation, HIV, immunodeficiencies, or a weakened immune system.