Skin Cancer Treatment & Detection Experts in Jacksonville, NC
Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells, most often developed on skin exposed to the sun. Skin cancer can also occur on areas of the skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. There are three major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, responsible for about 75% of skin cancer fatalities, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Early detection is critical since melanoma can spread rapidly inside the body. Fortunately, with early detection, most melanomas can be cured with minor surgical procedures. Once melanoma leaves the skin and spreads inside the body, the cure rates drop dramatically.
Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common skin cancer affecting more than one million people each year in the United States. It develops in the basal cells that make up the deepest layer of the epidermis, the top layer of the skin. It is most commonly found on skin that has had significant exposure to the sun and is commonly found on the face, ears, scalp, chest, and back. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical and can prevent damage to surrounding tissue.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma begins in the squamous cells, which are also found in the upper layer of the skin. Squamous cell carcinoma may appear as a crusted or scaly area of skin with a red, inflamed base that resembles a growing bump, a non-healing ulcer, or a crusted patch of skin. While it usually appears on areas of the body frequently exposed to the sun, it can develop anywhere, including areas that never typically receive sunlight. Early treatment can prevent damage to surrounding areas and from spreading to other areas of the body.
It is advisable to find skin cancer early. When treated before it spreads, most skin cancers can be cured by topical medication, cryosurgery, or surgery alone. Even melanoma, a type of skin cancer that can spread quickly, is curable when treated early.
The key to finding skin cancer early is to know your skin. If you notice a spot or lump that is growing, bleeding, or changing, call today 252-633-4200 to make an appoinment with one of our experienced dermatologists.