It is very important to self-screen for suspicious moles or lesions and to have annual screenings by a board certified physician. Download the AAD’s Body Mole Map to note the results of your self-examination.
When in doubt, check it out.
Dr. Hooper and Dr. Jackson are experts in the identification and treatment of skin cancers. Early detection and treatment are very important.
People who spend a lot of time outside, have used tanning beds, or have received multiple sunburns before age 18 are at increased risk, as well as people with fair skin, hair, and eyes and those who burn easily. Skin cancer may also be hereditary.
Types of Skin Cancer
Melanoma can develop in a mole or on areas of skin where no mole was present. Moles that change or appear abnormal need to be examined by a trained physician. The changes may be normal, but it’s important to have a trained physician make that judgment, since melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, especially if not caught early.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
This is the most common form of skin cancer and its cure rate is very high if caught early. Basal Cell Carcinomas are more common on areas of the skin that have been exposed to the sun, but can occur anywhere on the body. They may appear as a small wound, red patch or growth, or even an open sore. Basal Cell Carcinoma may occasionally bleed. It can also look like a scar or smooth bump. Unlike a normal small wound, though, it will not heal on its own and in fact slowly grows in size.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the 2nd most common form of skin cancer and usually appears as a rough, scaly patch, sometimes reddish in color. Squamous Cell Carcinoma can also present as a rapidly growing nodule, or can develop in a long standing burn or scar. Like Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma has a high rate of cure with surgical excison. Untreated, it can be deadly.
These are small, rough areas, usually found on areas of the skin that have been exposed to the sun over time. They may be slightly discolored or may be the same color as the skin and may have a scaly surface. They are often easier to feel than to see. Untreated, these may develop into Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
What We Do
We employ a variety of therapies for pre cancers, or actinic keratoses, including topical chemotherapy, Photodynamic Therapy, Fraxel Dual laser, and cryotherapy.
A suspicious mole or skin lesion may be removed and biopsied. If a skin cancer is diagnosed Dr. Hooper and Dr. Jackson will discuss the best treatment options depending on the type of skin cancer.
For more on skin cancer, visit: American Academy of Dermatology (AAD.org).
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