When patients receive proper detection and diagnosis of skin cancer in the earliest phases, they have a much higher chance of cure. Melanoma, the most serious skin malignancy, can spread to other organs and become life threatening.
Individuals can reduce their risk of developing skin cancer with regular sunscreen and avoidance of the sun’s rays during midday and afternoon when Ultraviolet rays are at its strongest. It is important to be aware of any rapid changes in pre-existing lesions or rapid growth in new lesions. Bleeding of a mole is a particularly ominous sign of possible skin cancer. Annual skin cancer screenings should be done to allow a trained professional to look over the body and make note of any strange or concerning areas of the skin that may need a biopsy.
The treatment of skin cancer varies depending on the type. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are typically localized and can be surgically removed. These small tumors can be removed in many different manners, including excision, curetting and cauterizing, and low-dose targeted radiation. Melanoma is potentially a far more serious skin cancer and must be treated very aggressively and early with wide excision. In more advanced cases, we often work in conjunction with UCSF or Stanford.
If you are concerned about spots, marks, moles, or skin tags on your body, you are encouraged to contact our practice to schedule a skin cancer screening for proper diagnosis and treatment. Call the Center For Dermatology Cosmetic And Laser Surgery today to schedule an examination and be proactive about your health and wellbeing.