Skin cancer is one of the most recurrent forms of cancer out there. Based on the findings of the Skin Cancer Foundation, 1 out of 5 Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. If you notice an irregularity in your skin, our dermatological experts can help you identify if it may be cancerous and what steps you can take to preserve your health and wellness.
With several locations in California, Coastal Dermatology and Plastic Surgery offers a wide variety of treatments to augment your aesthetic and strengthen your wellness. Contact us today to schedule your consultation at the location nearest you!
How does skin cancer occur?
Skin cancer usually occurs through accumulated, excessive exposure to UV rays from the sun or through genetic history.
Three types of skin cancer include:
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Appearing brown or pinkish in color, basal cell carcinomas (BCC’s) are typically found on parts of the body that are constantly exposed to the sun, I.E., the neck or face; it is the most common form of skin cancer. While BCC’s are abnormal growths, they usually never spread beyond where their formation site. As many as 4 million cases of BCC are diagnosed in the country every year. BCC’s are easier to treat in their earlier stages when they are smaller. If you are concerned that you may have a BCC, meet with our dermatological experts as soon as possible so we can help you identify and correct this form of cancer appropriately.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) is more commonly found on people with darker skin tones. They can be found on nearly any part of the body, but are most often seen on regions that are consistently exposed to UV rays such as the face, ears, or hands. look crusty on their exterior and are firm and red in color. SCC’s are more dangerous than BCC’s in that they can become dangerous, perhaps life-threatening if they increase in size. Over 1 million cases of SCC are annually diagnosed with the number increasing each year. If you notice an SCC, schedule a consultation with us at your earliest convenience so we may assess and discuss treatment options right for you.
Also known as solar keratosis, actinic keratosis (AK) typically is a precancerous condition that appears scaly, is often raised above the skin, and varies in color between red, tan, white, pink, or flesh-toned. Usually, there is never a singular actinic keratosis. While AK is precancerous, it can develop into a type of skin cancer (most often SCC) if it is not treated. Starting out, AK’s can be very tiny and you may only be able to detect them through sense of touch. If you believe you may have discovered an AK in your skin, meet with our dermatological team so we may discuss preventative treatment.
How can we treat skin cancer?
We perform Mohs Surgery as an effective approach to remove threats of skin cancer. Mohs surgery extracts thin layers of cancer-ridden skin until only healthier tissue is present.
If you are concerned of an irregularity in your skin, contact us today to schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience so our team of dermatologists can evaluate your concern and discuss treatment options if necessary.