Skin cancer is a common form of cancer appearing mostly on areas of the skin commonly exposed to the sun. More than 2 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Are you at risk? Should you schedule a skin exam? skinMEDx Medical Skin & Aesthetic Center in Ladera Ranch can diagnose skin cancer and prepare a treatment plan for you.
When you call skinMEDx Medical Skin & Aesthetic Center in Ladera Ranch, we can perform a complete skin exam, diagnose any abnormalities, and, if necessary, start you on a skin cancer treatment plan.
What do I need to know about skin cancer?
Skin cancer can appear anywhere on the body, but is most commonly associated with areas that see sun exposure. It is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Skin cancer treatments have high success rates. You can prevent skin cancer by keeping your skin safe from the sun (wear hats and sun screen) and by keeping your skin healthy.
If you see new or changed growth on the skin, you may be at risk for skin cancer.
Common places to check for changes to the skin include:
Arms • Chest • Ears • Face • Hands • Legs • Lips • Neck • Scalp
Skin cancer treatments are most effective when the cancer is detected early. If you see any changes to your skin, please call skinMEDx Medical Skin & Aesthetic Center in Ladera Ranch. Our doctors can evaluate your skin for abnormalities and create a skin cancer treatment plan if necessary.
What are the common types of skin cancer?
Squamous Cell Carcinoma Affects the skin cells just below the surface which serve as the skin’s inner lining.
Basal Cell Carcinoma Affects the cells below the squamous layer. Basal cells are responsible for producing new skin cells.
Melanoma The most serious form of skin cancer affecting the cells which produce melanin.
What causes skin cancer?
Each day, your body produces new skin cells to replace those that have died off. This process is controlled in our DNA. Skin cancer develops when damage to the DNA prevents this process from working properly.
What are the risk factors associated with skin cancer?
Exposure to the ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds is the most well known cause of skin cancer. However, hereditary factors can make some people more susceptible to skin cancer than others. Other factors that can heighten the risk for skin cancer include:
Fair skin • Moles • Weakened immune system • Age
What are the most common types of skin cancer treatments?
Skin cancer treatments vary based on several factors including the age of the patient, the type of cancer, and the size and/or location of the tumor. The most common skin cancer treatment is to remove the growth and these procedures are quite effective.
Here at our Ladera Rancho office, we offer additional skin cancer treatments including:
- Cryosurgery or freezing the tissue.
- Laser therapy which destroys the cancerous cells with minimal damage to healthy cells in the surrounding tissue.
- Mohs Surgery which removes layers of skin until no cancerous cells remain.
- Chemotherapy uses drugs applied through creams or lotions to kill the cancer cells.
If you are concerned about irregular shaped moles, oddly colored markings on your skin or other skin abnormalities, please call skinMEDx Medical Skin & Aesthetic Center in Ladera Ranch today. Our doctors can examine, diagnose and set a plan for skin cancer treatment. Call our Ladera Ranch office today at (949) 481-8881 to schedule an appointment for a skin exam and to discuss skin cancer treatments.