Skin Cancer Treatments

How To Check For Signs of Skin Cancer

Do you spend lots of time outside soaking up the sun? Do you frequent tanning beds?

If so, you are at risk for skin cancer. But skin cancer doesn’t discriminate – anyone can get this skin cancer.

In fact, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United states, according to the Center for Disease Control. Over 60 million cases are reported every year.

Skin Cancer TreatmentsThe good news is most of these cancer are preventable and treatable, if caught early enough. That’s why knowing what to look for is so important.

The National Cancer Institute and the American Academy of Dermatology recommends you perform a monthly self-examination of your skin.

You should always be on the look out for changing moles, growing bumps or dry, scaly patches of skin because these are usually the first signs.

Types of Skin Cancer

The most common types of skin cancers include:

The list doesn’t end there. There are also more rare types which include:

There are also Actinic Keratoses (AKs) precancerous growths that have a high likeliness of forming into cancer, if left untreated.

How To Notice Skin Cancer

Sometimes symptoms can be hard to spot, especially since basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas can both appear as flat area that don’t look much different than your normal skin.

If you notice any new growths, irregular patches of skin or sores that won’t heal or sores that heal and come back you should make an appointment to see a dermatologist right away.

Skin Cancer Treatment

Before you can receive treatment you must first be diagnosed with skin cancer. Your dermatologist will examine any growths, moles or dry patches. Then remove a sample of anything that looks cancerous and send it to a lab for a biopsy. The lab will determine if it’s cancer.

Treatment Options Include:

If the skin cancer has spread to other organs surgical or localized treatments like the ones listed above will not be effective.

New treatments are being tested in clinical trials in an effort to find new ways to treat skin cancer.

Who Gets Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer can affect anyone but some people are more at risk than others. Your risk of getting skin cancer increases if you…

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