Skin Checks and Screening
Be sure to see your dermatologist regularly for skin check-ups.
We recommend skin cancer screening twice a year!
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the most common
cancer in the world is skin cancer. There is more than one type of skin
cancer, however, some of which are more dangerous or more easily treated
than others. The most common types of skin cancers are basal cell
carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
Because skin cancers come in all shapes, sizes and colors, it is
important to see a dermatologist at the first sign of unusual changes in
the skin. Cancer may present itself as a rash, a sore, a scaly patch of
skin, a scar with a waxy texture, a growth beneath the skin or even a
pimple that doesn’t seem to go away. It is also common for skin cancer
to have an appearance similar to a mole or to start within a mole.
Skin cancer often occurs in areas of the skin that have been damaged
by the sun, radiation or chemical exposure, although they may occur
anywhere on the body – including in the mouth. Fortunately, there are
many highly effective treatments for skin cancer, including surgical
removal of the cancer, topical treatment, cryosurgery, immunotherapy and
photodynamic therapy. In some cases, radiation and chemotherapy are
necessary to treat advanced skin cancers.
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