Skin cancer is a growing concern in the United States and elsewhere. In the US more than three million new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common skin cancers. Melanoma is much less common but has a higher mortality rate. If caught and treated early, skin cancer has a high cure rate.
The main cause of skin cancer is ultraviolet light, from the sun, tanning beds or psoriasis light treatments. Squamous cell carcinoma is also associated with environmental toxins, smoking, chronic scars or ulcers and occurs in immunosuppressed patients. The risk of melanoma is inherited in some families.
Skin cancer looks different from person to person. You should see a dermatologist for a new bump or patch that is different from other spots, if something on your skin changes shape or size, or has new symptoms such as itching or bleeding that last for more than two weeks. Annual skin exams are also recommended.
Our office is proud to have experienced dermatologists who perform skin cancer detection exams and surgical treatments including Mohs surgery and reconstructive facial surgery. Our doctors are members of the American College of Mohs Surgery and the American Society of Mohs Surgery. We will help you detect skin cancer early so you have the best medical and cosmetic outcome.
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