New, unusual, or changing skin lesions might indicate cancer, which is why routine skin evaluations are important. At Dermatology Associates, with two locations in Phoenix, Arizona, the board-certified dermatology team diagnoses and treats skin cancer to reduce your risk of complications. Schedule an appointment at Dermatology Associates by phone or online today.
Skin cancer occurs when you have abnormal growth of skin cells. It commonly appears on areas of skin frequently exposed to sunlight. However, anyone can develop skin cancer, and the cause isn’t always clear.
Three common forms of skin cancer include squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Removing the cancer prevents it from spreading to other areas of your body.. Some forms of cancer, particularly melanoma, are more dangerous than others.
Depending on the type of skin cancer you have, it may appear as:
Skin cancer often develops on sun-exposed skin, such as your face, ears, lips, nose, scalp, chest, neck, arms, hands, or legs. However, skin cancer lesions can appear anywhere.
The hallmark risk factors for developing skin cancer include:
To protect your skin from the sun, use sunscreen or protective clothing and avoid tanning beds. Check your skin regularly, and see your dermatologist at the first sign of new or unusual skin changes.
Diagnosing skin cancer involves examining your skin, reviewing your lifestyle habits and medical history, taking a sample of a skin lesion (biopsy), and sending it to a lab for analysis. Your dermatologist tailors a treatment plan that matches your specific needs.
Dermatology Associates offers the following treatments to eliminate skin cancer:
Mohs surgery uses a microscope to remove cancerous tissues layer by layer with minimal scarring.
You might also need chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biological therapy, or other cancer treatments if your cancer has spread. A dermatologist follows up with you to periodically screen for additional skin cancer.
Schedule an appointment at Dermatology Associates by phone or online today to get screened or treated for skin cancer.