About 1 in 5 Americans develop skin cancer at some point in their lifetime. At The Dermatology Center of Worcester, in Worcester, Massachusetts, the team of skilled diagnosticians and treatment experts stands ready to help with all types of skin cancer. If diagnosed early, skin cancer has an almost 100% cure rate, so why wait to schedule your exam? Call the office or book an appointment online now.
Skin cancer is a group of cancers that happen when cells in the outermost skin layer start multiplying, forming tumors. The main causes of skin cancer are ultraviolet (UV) ray exposure from the sun or indoor tanning beds.
While skin cancer is highly dangerous, it’s a treatable condition when caught early or detected at the precancerous stage.
There are many specific types of skin cancer, but it’s generally categorized into:
Nonmelanoma cancers include basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. Both are slow-growing. Basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads, but squamous cell carcinomas can spread, moving into the lymph nodes and your internal organs. Both of these nonmelanoma cancers are extremely treatable if caught early.
Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, and it grows rapidly. Only 1% of skin cancers are melanomas, but melanoma causes most skin cancer deaths. Early detection is especially important with melanoma since it’s so aggressive.
Both nonmelanoma and melanoma cancers require treatment, so you need to know the symptoms to watch for.
Every type of skin cancer has unique warning signs, but some general issues to watch for include:
Because skin cancer signs can sometimes be fairly subtle, it’s important to really get to know your skin. Perform regular skin checks at home, from head to toe, making special note of any obvious changes.
You should also schedule an annual skin cancer screening at The Dermatology Center of Worcester.
Skin cancer diagnosis starts with a full-scale skin exam. If you have any new skin abnormalities, you may need a skin biopsy to determine whether you have skin cancer.
If you’re diagnosed with skin cancer, the team can recommend immediate treatment to prevent it from spreading or causing health problems.
Even the most dangerous cancers have a 99% survival rate if detected early, so don’t wait to book your skin exam. Call The Dermatology Center of Worcester or click the online booking link today.