Skin cancer is the most common of cancers in the United States. It is estimated that more than one million Americans develop skin cancer every year, and when detected early, skin cancer can be successfully treated. There are three distinctive types of skin cancers
- Basal Cell Carcinoma – the most common of skin cancers, basal cell cancer will appear most frequently on the hands, neck, and head. Basal Cell doesn’t normally speed outside of the initial sore.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma – this form is usually found on the rim of the face, ear, lips and mouth. It will initially appear as a bump and can later become incredibly large and invasive. Because of the possibility of growth, it is extremely important that it’s treated early.
- Malignant Melanoma - Melanoma is the rarest and most severe type of skin cancer. It is completely curable when detected early but can be fatal if allowed to progress and spread. They can often manifest in pre-existing moles, and typically take on a darker hue once affected by cancer. The cancer appears in mixed shades of tan, brown, and black. Fair-skinned, sun-sensitive people are at greater risk for melanoma
If detected early, Melanoma is the top treated of all cancers. Squamous Cell and Basal Cell Carcinoma are over 90% treatable with early treatment.
What Causes Skin Cancer?
Development of skin cancer is most commonly associated with excessive sun exposure and especially with direct contact to UV rays. Blistering sunburns at childhood can also cause skin cancer. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is a major cause for developing skin cancer, and people who tan poorly or burn easily are at the greatest risk. Skin cancer has also been suggested to have genetic features, but this is still pending research. Like many other forms of cancers, a number of questions remain unanswered, but the good news is that treatments are proving more effective than ever.
Should You Get A Screening?
When not detected by a medical professional at its early stages, severe cancer (melanoma) can spread under the skin into other layers of the epidermis and even advance into organs. It is extremely vital that you get a cancer screening as soon as you notice something unfamiliar on your skin. Once assessed by one of our skin cancer specialists, doctors can identify and determine the right treatment. Growing moles, skin discoloration, and any sort of irregular bumps or marks on the skin should immediately be checked out. You can rest assured that at West Medical you will be treated as a member of our family. When recognized and treated early, skin cancer is curable.
We're happy to provide a proper skin cancer screening. Our dermatology team is dedicated to providing proper diagnosis and treatment options.To find out more about skin cancer screenings and treatment options in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, please call our offices at (855) 690-0565. We look forward to hearing from you!
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