Our skin is the largest organ we have. It’s essential to protect it as carefully as we can. Excessive, consistent exposure to UV rays from the sun can lead to skin cancer, the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer to date. Fortunately, skin cancer is also highly treatable if it is caught early enough. Our board-certified dermatologists at Dermatology & Skin Care Associates are highly experienced in the detection and proper treatment of skin cancer. Contact our office in West Chester, OH to schedule your first appointment and learn about your treatment options.
The Different Forms of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer comes in three different forms:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
Basal and squamous cell carcinomas are more commonly seen than melanoma and are usually recognizable as shiny, reddish growths. Melanoma, however, often shows up in the form of a new mole or an existing mole that has begun to change. While you should always opt to receive a proper diagnosis from our dermatologist, the ABCDE rule serves as a helpful guideline that can help you decide if it’s time to schedule an appointment.
- Asymmetry: a mole that is irregularly shaped.
- Border: uneven borders that are difficult to define.
- Color: made up of many different colors, which can even include black, red or blue.
- Diameter: a mole that is larger than 6mm across.
- Evolving: any mole that has changed or is changing in shape, color or size
One or more of these features present on a mole may signify that it is cancerous or precancerous. If you are suspicious of an irregular-looking mole, schedule an appointment with our skin specialist as soon as possible.
Treating Skin Cancer
Skin cancer treatment varies depending on the type and stage of the cancer. Basal and squamous cell carcinomas can often be completely removed via excision or topical chemotherapy.
Early stages of melanoma may also be treated with excision. Because this particular form of skin cancer spreads so quickly, however, it is vital to catch it as soon as possible. Advanced stages of melanoma may need to be addressed with more in-depth treatment options. We will discuss this in more detail with you during your appointment, if needed.
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If you believe you may be at risk for skin cancer, don’t wait. The sooner it is detected, the easier it is to treat. Contact the trusted experts at Dermatology & Skin Care Associates to receive a professional screening, diagnosis and treatment plan.