Skin cancer is a serious disease caused by abnormal cell growth resulting in malignant tumors.
The three main types of skin cancer are:
- Basal Cell: The most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma appears as bumps, dark lesions, or flat, scaly patches. These bumps may have visible blood vessels, and they can sometimes bleed easily or develop a crusty surface
- Squamous Cell: Characterized by dry, itchy, or scaly bumps, squamous cell carcinoma can spread beyond the skin to other parts of the body if left untreated.
- Melanoma: Symptoms include changes in an existing mole––such as irregular shape, size, or color––or the presence of new and unusual growths on the skin. Melanoma can also occur in less obvious areas like under the nails, in the mouth, digestive tract, urinary tract, genitals, or eye.
Reducing Your Risk of Skin Cancer
The most common cause of skin cancer is due to harmful ultraviolet UV rays from sun exposure or tanning beds. Fortunately, if caught early, it can be treated effectively with a high likelihood of eliminating it completely.
The most common cause of skin cancer is overexposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays––either from the sun or tanning beds. Prolonged and repeated exposure to UV rays can cause damage to the skin cells, leading to the growth of abnormal and potentially cancerous cells.
That said, it’s important to take preventative measures such as wearing protective clothing, seeking shade, and applying sunscreen to reduce the risk of skin cancer.
To learn more, visit the American Academy of Dermatology Association’s website for comprehensive and educational resources on skin cancer, symptoms, and more.
Detecting Skin Cancer
When it comes to skin cancer treatment, early detection is crucial.
If you notice any changes in your skin––such as new growths or changes in the appearance of existing moles––schedule a consultation with our dermatology specialists and receive specialized treatment in a timely manner.
Our team can perform a thorough skin examination and provide appropriate treatment options to ensure you’re well looked after.