Skin Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis
Skin cancers are malignant growths (tumors) that can occur on any part of the skin. They are most often caused by sun exposure. There are many forms of skin cancer, but there are three most common types.
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
It’s important to differentiate between the three most common types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma typically appears as a raised, pearly bump and is often translucent in color. Squamous cell carcinoma may manifest as a scaly, red patch or a thick, elevated bump. On the other hand, melanoma is characterized by irregularly shaped moles or growths that can vary in color and size, often having an asymmetrical appearance.
While basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma tend to be localized and have a higher likelihood of successful treatment when detected early, melanoma is the most aggressive form and can potentially spread to other parts of the body. Regular self-examinations and annual skin checks by our skilled dermatologists can aid in identifying any concerning changes and ensuring prompt intervention when needed. Our team is committed to providing thorough evaluations and personalized treatment plans for each type of skin cancer, prioritizing the best outcomes for our patients
New or changing skin growths should be examined by one of our dermatologists, as early detection and treatment will prevent a more serious problem from developing.
At our Arcadia/Phoenix, Surprise, and Peoria dermatology centers, we specialize in comprehensive skin cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our experienced team of dermatologists and surgeons is dedicated to identifying and addressing various forms of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. With a focus on early detection and personalized treatment plans, we are committed to providing the highest level of care for our patients.
Frequently Asked Questions For Skin Cancer
- Why is early detection of skin cancer important? Early detection of skin cancer is crucial as it allows for timely intervention and increases the chances of successful treatment. Regular skin checks by our experienced dermatologists can help identify any new or changing growths.
- How do dermatologists diagnose skin cancer? Our skilled dermatologists employ various methods to diagnose skin cancer, including visual examinations, dermoscopy, and biopsies. These diagnostic techniques enable accurate identification and proper classification of skin lesions.
- What treatment options are available for different types of skin cancer? Our dermatology and surgical experts offer a range of treatment options tailored to the specific type of skin cancer. These may include surgical excision, Mohs surgery, radiation therapy, and targeted therapies, among others.
- How can your dermatologists and surgeons help in skin cancer care? Our experienced team of dermatologists and surgeons specializes in diagnosing and treating various forms of skin cancer. From accurate diagnosis to personalized treatment plans, we are dedicated to guiding patients through their journey towards optimal skin health.
- What steps can I take to prevent these types of skin cancers? Protecting your skin from sun exposure is key in preventing these skin cancers. This includes wearing sunscreen with a high SPF, seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding tanning beds. Regular self-examinations of your skin and scheduling annual skin checks with our dermatologists can also help detect any potential issues early, allowing for timely intervention and reducing the risk of more serious problems developing. Our team can provide personalized recommendations for prevention based on your specific needs and risk factors.