According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is now the most common of all cancers in the United States. The good news is that skin cancer is highly curable when diagnosed and treated early by a skilled dermatologist. In almost all cases, treatment can be performed on an outpatient basis under a local anesthesia. We offer our patients today’s most advanced technology and surgical techniques for treating basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
Types of Skin Cancer
What is squamous cell carcinoma?
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a skin cancer that occurs in the uppermost layers of the skin, or the epidermis. SCCs often look like scabs, with a crusty patch growing on top of inflamed, red skin. Primarily caused by years of UV exposure, SCCs are most commonly found on areas of the body that are exposed to the sun, but they can also develop on the inside of the mouth, nose, and genitalia.
What is basal cell carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer, affecting cells of the deepest layer of the epidermis. BCCs are abnormal growths that resemble a waxy bump, sore, or scar. The result of long-term exposure to the UV rays of the sun (or tanning beds), BCCs often occur on areas that have been most exposed, such as the face and neck. BCCs are slow growing and rarely metastasize. However, if they are not treated, they have the potential to become disfiguring and invade healthy surrounding tissue.
What is melanoma?
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, and can be fatal if left untreated. It can occur anywhere on the body when the skin cells that produce pigment mutate and grow rapidly, forming a tumor that resembles a mole, or develops from a mole. Atypical moles (or dysplastic nevi) can sometimes mimic the appearance of melanoma, so schedule an examination to be sure. Be diligent about self-checking your moles and look for the ABCDE signs of melanoma, especially if you have ever experienced a sunburn or have a family history of this cancer. Melanoma is serious and can spread quickly to other parts of the body.