Skin cancer is a cancer that forms from the inside of the skin. The most common types of skin cancer are the following:
Basal-Cell - this type of skin cancer is often not fatal and does not spread; it grows at a slow rate and damages the skin tissue surrounding it. It can look like a raised, shiny area of skin.
Squamous-Cell - this type of skin cancer is commonly known to spread and it resembles an ulcer with a scaly top and a hard lump.
Melanoma - this is most severe type of skin cancer. Melanoma has the potential to spread and cause death. Melanoma often resembles a mole that has varied in color, shape or size throughout time and may look irregular.
The vast majority of skin cancers are one of three different types: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
What causes Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is caused by the reproduction of abnormal cells in the body and it can spread to other parts of the body. The most common cause of skin cancer is when an individual is exposed to ultraviolet radiation. Every type of skin cancer can be traced back to UV rays from the sun. It is crucial that if you see a spot on your skin that looks irregular that you call our offices to get a consultation from our experienced dermatologists:
When it comes to treating skin cancer, it depends on the type of skin cancer, the location and the age of the individual. But there are a number of treatment options, including topical chemotherapy, radiation and cryotherapy which freezes the cancer itself. There is also a surgery called Moh’s Micrographic Surgery which removes the skin cancer with the least amount of damage to the surrounding tissue. It is important to talk to one of our dermatologists to find out your best treatment option.