About 20% of people in the United States will develop skin cancer at some point during their lifetime. At Integrated Dermatology of Groton in Groton, Connecticut, Robert Ecker, MD, FAAD, Luanne Hespeler, MPAS,PA-C, and Christopher Thompson, MPAS, PA-C, specialize in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. The dermatology practice also does in-house Mohs surgery with Dr. Kelsey. Call today to schedule an appointment.
The appearance of skin cancer varies depending on type. Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells. Some of the types of skin cancer and their appearance include:
BCC is the most common type of skin cancer. This type of cancer may appear as a flesh-colored or pearly growth or as a pink patch of skin. BCC usually appears on sun-exposed areas of the body like the head, neck, and arms.
SCC may appear as a firm bump, a scaly patch of skin, or a sore that doesn’t heal. This type of skin cancer often affects the ear, face, arms, neck, and chest.
Melanoma may look like an abnormal mole. It may change the appearance of an existing mole or appear as a new mole. Melanoma is a fast-growing cancer and requires immediate medical attention.
If you have concerns about your skin and skin cancer, it’s a good time to schedule a skin cancer screening. People with a family history of skin cancer are more likely to develop this type of cancer.
Other risk factors include:
You should also schedule a skin cancer screening if you have any unusual skin growths or skin concerns. During a screening, your provider at Integrated Dermatology of Groton examines your skin from head to toe, noting moles and growths of concern.
Removal of the cancerous growth is the primary treatment for skin cancer. There are several techniques surgical dermatologists use to remove skin cancer, including:
During excisional surgery, your dermatologist uses a scalpel to remove the cancerous growth and some of the surrounding healthy tissue.
Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the growth and kill the cancer cells. The growth then falls off on its own following treatment.
Mohs surgery is a dermatology specialty and the most effective treatment for skin cancer. Integrated Dermatology of Groton provides in-house Mohs surgery with Dr. Kelsey.
Skin cancer is common but treatable when found early. Call Integrated Dermatology of Groton today to schedule your skin cancer screening.