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Skin Cancer    

Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by UV radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.

   Skin cancer can appear anywhere on the skin, and can present with different symptoms.  It is difficult to distinguish a skin cancer from a harmless growth, therefore it is important to have your skin checked by a dermatologist at least once a year.  You should make an appointment if you notice a new spot, or any spot that is growing, changing, or bleeding. 


Types of Skin Cancer:

 

Basal cell carcinoma- this is the most common type of skin cancer.  They occur mostly in sun-exposed areas, and usually resemble a pimple or sore that won't heal.

Basal cell carcinomas grow slowly, and almost never spread beyond the original site.  Although this type of skin cancer is not usually life-threatening, they must be treated because they can become disfiguring.


 


Squamous cell carcinoma- this is also a very common type of skin cancer, but can be more aggressive than basal cell carcinoma.  It often appears on skin that has gotten lots of sun, but can appear on any part of the body, including inside the mouth, lip, and genitals.  Squamous cell cancer can also appear on skin that was badly burned, received high doses of radiation (such as x-rays), or was exposed to strong chemicals.  They are often scaly and have a reddish color, and can look like a sore this is not healing or a wart.  Treatment of this type of skin cancer is necessary. Without treatment, this cancer can grow deeply and spread to other parts of the body.

 


Melanomathe most aggressive type of skin cancer, melanoma can appear in any skin type, and on any part of the body.  Melanoma can present in an existing mole, or can appear as a new one.  It can also form in the eye or even in the intestines. When found early and treated, the cure rate is nearly 100%.  If allowed to grow, melanoma may spread quickly to other parts of the body, and can be fatal. By performing regular skin checks on yourself, you will be able to spot new or changing moles or spots. 

Important things to look for on your skin:

  • A mole that is growing, changing shape, or changing color
  • A mole that looks scaly, oozes, or bleeds
  • New dark spot that looks like a mole, but grows quickly
  • Pain, itch, or bleeding in a new spot on the skin
  • Dark color or streak underneath a fingernail or toenail


      If a patient has a suspicous spot, a biopsy will be done, taking a small sample of the lesion.  If the biopsy confirms a malignancy, there are many non-surgical and surgical treatments that the physician may recommend for treatment.

If you notice any changes on your skin, call the office today.  One of our friendly staff will be happy to listen to your concerns and will schedule an appointment for you in a timely manner.