Skin cancer is the #1 most common cancer found in patients. There are over one million people in the U.S diagnosed with skin cancer every year. Thankfully the vast majority of these skins cancers are treatable. There are three basic types of skin cancers that are found:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma: This is the most common form of skin cancer. It grows very slowly and will show up after many years of intense or long exposure to sun. It originates as a small bump or a pearly, hard skin growth. They may bleed and form an ulcer as well.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma: It is usually caused by UV damage from the sun and tanning beds. It is a slow to fast growing cancer that can be hard to treat if it spreads to lymph nodes or other organs. These cancer cells begin as red, scaly skin bumps. They will bleed easily when scraped and may appear rough and hard.
- Melanoma: This is a rare type of cancer, but is the most dangerous. It is caused when UV rays cause DNA damage to skin cells, and they begin to rapidly form malignant tumors. They often resemble black or brown moles, and if recognized early, they are treatable, but if they spread they may become fatal.
Basal and Squamous cancer cell treatments are normally straightforward and involve surgical removal. Malignant Melanoma treatment can include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy.
White Rock Dermatology will work with you to diagnose potential skin cancer and the best way to treat them. Located in Dallas, TX, White Rock’s Board Certified Dermatologists have years of experience treating skin conditions, including skin cancer. Contact us or request an appointment for additional information about how White Rock Dermatology can help you with skin cancer diagnosis and treatments.