Nearly 10 thousand Americans receive skin cancer diagnoses each day. At Redwood Empire Dermatology in Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, and Oakmont, California, the board-certified dermatologists perform comprehensive skin cancer screenings and treatments, including Mohs surgery. Skin cancer is highly treatable with early detection and care. To learn more, call Redwood Empire Dermatology or schedule an appointment online today.
Skin cancer occurs when abnormal skin cells grow and multiply rapidly. The most common type of cancer in the United States, skin cancer, can occur anywhere on your body. Areas frequently exposed to the sun are the most vulnerable, but skin cancer can also develop in parts of the body that are usually concealed.
Several types of skin cancer exist, including:
BCC almost always develops in parts of the body that receive frequent sun exposure, such as the face, neck, or chest. While some BCCs appear as small, pearl-like bumps, others are flat and waxy. Some lesions present as non-healing sores.
SCC is the second most common type of skin cancer after BCC. An SCC can appear as a firm, red bump or a flat, scaly lesion.
BCCs and SCCs typically aren’t life-threatening, though the latter can penetrate the deeper layers of your skin and spread to other areas of your body.
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It can spread throughout your body and become life-threatening. Some melanomas evolve from preexisting moles, while most present as a new atypical mole. A mole that grows, changes color, or develops an abnormal border requires a comprehensive screening from one of the board-certified dermatologists at Redwood Empire Dermatology.
Other skin cancers
Diagnosing skin cancer requires a full-body skin cancer screening. During this comprehensive screening, your dermatologist at Redwood Empire Dermatology performs a head-to-toe visual exam. The team will also use a polarized magnification light, called a dermatoscope, to see deeper into the skin than possible with the naked eye.
If your dermatologist identifies any abnormal growths or lesions, they may take a biopsy or remove it entirely. You may need to return for a follow-up visit if your test returns positive for skin cancer.
Skin cancer treatments depend on the type and severity of your lesion. The most common types of skin cancer treatments include:
To learn more about skin cancer, call Redwood Empire Dermatology today or schedule an appointment online.