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Skin Cancer

Center for Surgical Dermatology is Here for All Your Skin Cancer Screening and Treatment Needs

Skin Cancer

What is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is a general term encompassing a wide variety of cancers that affect the skin. This type of cancer arises from the growth of abnormal skin cells, which is caused by unrepaired DNA damage and mutations. 

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the US and worldwide, with more new cases being diagnosed in the US each year than all other types of cancer combined. Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate either – anyone can develop it, no matter their age or skin tone, and it can occur on any part of the body.

QUESTIONS

Skin Cancer FAQs

Interested in learning more about skin cancer? Take a look at our dermatologist’s expert answers to frequently asked questions below, such as what it may look like, common symptoms, the different types of skin cancer, and how skin cancer is treated. Make sure to schedule your skin cancer screening with our board-certified dermatologists today.

Skin cancer can take on many forms depending on the type of skin cancer. However, there are 3 things you should keep an eye out for when doing your regular skin cancer screenings: 

  • NEW – any new spots or mole, especially if they appear after age 21, could be a warning sign for cancer.
  • CHANGING – If any existing moles or spots have changed in size, shape, color, or texture, it could be a sign of cancer.
  • UNUSUAL – Does one spot or mole is different from the others on your body? This is called the “ugly duckling sign,” and if it itches, crusts, hurts, or bleeds for multiple weeks without healing, it could be a sign of cancer.

If you have a suspicious spot and are wondering if it might be skin cancer, it’s important to get it looked at by a board-certified dermatologist for a professional skin evaluation. 

In addition to the tips above on how to spot a suspicious mole, there are additional skin cancer symptoms to familiarize yourself with. 

For example, basal cell carcinoma often presents itself as a patch of skin that keeps bleeding or keeps breaking open for several months without healing. Melanoma, on the other hand, usually shows up as a dark brown to black-colored spot, but can present as a pink bump or spot, though this is rare. 

Additional skin cancer symptoms include redness or swelling around a mole, scaly skin patches, and rough, thick, wart-like skin.

The early stages of skin cancer depends on the type of skin cancer. 

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma – Often appears as a pearly or waxy bump, a flat, flesh-colored or pink scar-like lesion or a sore that bleeds, scabs over, heals and returns.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma – May show up as red papules or flat, pink, scaly lesion with a crusted surface.
  • Melanoma – This ones a bit more tricky to spot, as it can show up anywhere on the body (not just places exposed to UV rays). This type of skin cancer can resemble a large, brown spot with darker speck; tender lesions that itch or burn; or dark lesions on the palms, soles of the feet, fingertips or toes. Although melanoma can form anywhere on the skin, or in the eye, the most common locations are the back and legs.

There’s no exact way to prevent skin cancer but you can take steps to reduce your risk. This includes:

  • Don’t go into tanning beds.
  • Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily.
  • Avoid sun exposure between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing, such as a wide-brim hat and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Try to seek shade when outdoors in the sun.
  • Perform skin cancer screenings each month and visit a board-certified dermatologist on a yearly basis for regular skin check-ups.

There are several treatments dermatologists use to address skin cancer. The best skin cancer treatment will depend on a combination of factors, including the microscopic pattern of the cancer, where it’s located on the body, and the patient’s overall health and what they can tolerate. 

Most dermatologists use one of the following, or a combination of the following treatments, to treat skin cancer:

  • Topical cream
  • Electrodesiccation and curettage
  • Surgical excision
  • Radiation therapy
  • Mohs surgery
PHOTOS

Skin Cancer Photos

Use our photos of skin cancer below to get a better understanding of how this type of cancer may present itself on your skin. 

CONTACT

Skin Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment in Westerville & Gahanna, Ohio

If you’ve recently uncovered a suspicious mole or have experienced one of the skin cancer symptoms mentioned above, it’s time to visit a board-certified dermatologist for a professional skin evaluation. Our dermatologists are experts at detecting, diagnosing, and treating skin cancer in Westerville and Gahanna, Ohio, to help our patients restore the health of their skin! Please give us a call at (614) 847-4100 or request an appointment online

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