Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells, and most often occurs on skin that is exposed to the sun. However, it may also show up on areas that are not usually exposed to sunlight, making it a tricky condition to combat.
There are three main types of skin cancer, including:
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal Cell Carcinoma usually appears in areas of the skin that have been exposed to the sun, and may appear as a pearly or waxy bump, a flat, flesh-colored or brown scar-like lesion, or a bleeding or scabbing sore that heals and then returns.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma usually occurs in sun-exposed areas of the skin, and those with darker skin tones are more likely to develop this form of skin cancer on areas that are not exposed to the sun. It may appear as a red, firm nodule or a flat lesion what a scaly, crusty surface.
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and can develop anywhere on the body. It can affect people of any skin tone and may manifest as a large, brownish spot with darker speckles, a mole that changes in size, shape, or color, a small lesion with an irregular border and colors, a painful lesion that itches or burns, or a dark lesion on your palms, soles, fingertips, or toes.
If you notice any changes in your skin that are worrisome to you, be sure to make an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist to ensure that skin cancer is not the issue.
Skin Cancer Treatment Options
At Jupiter Dermatology, we offer a number of skin cancer treatment options. Moles that show signs of skin cancer can be removed and tested. Mohs skin cancer surgery may also be used to help remove any cancerous tissue.
How to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer
The best way to reduce your risk of skin cancer is by limiting or avoiding exposure to UV radiation. Also, be sure to check your skin regularly for suspicious changes to help detect skin cancer at its earliest stages. The earlier skin cancer is caught, the better the chances of treating it successfully.
If you are concerned about a growth on your body and wish to have it looked at, contact our Jupiter, FL office today to schedule an appointment!