Malignant melanoma occurs in the pigment-containing cells of the skin. Although it can quickly spread to other areas of the body, if caught early, it is often curable. Basal cell carcinoma of the skin is the most common cancer in men and women. Fortunately basal cell carcinoma is highly curable. Squamous cell carcinoma of the skin is more common than melanoma and also has a risk of spreading to other areas of the body. Mohs surgery is the most effective treatment for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Though Mohs surgery can be used for certain melanomas, other surgical therapies are more commonly recommended for this cancer. The doctors at Patient Preferred Dermatology can help with the diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan for Long Beach-area patients with skin cancer.
For all skin cancers, yearly skin checks by your dermatologist as well as prevention is the recommended strategy. Sunscreen or a physical barrier to ultraviolet light is essential for protecting the skin from dangerous radiation that causes cancer cells to develop. If skin cancer forms, rapid diagnosis and treatment allows for the best outcome.
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