What to look for when you’re looking for skin cancer

Dermatologist examining a girls neck areaSkin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. It can be caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or tanning beds. UV light can damage the DNA in skin cells and lead to cancer. While skin cancer is common, it is also the easiest to spot in the earlier stages, ensuring that with proper treatment, most patients are able to remove cancer effectively and remain in remission. The team at the Skin and Beauty Center services patients throughout the state of California and can educate patients on the early signs of skin cancer.

What types of skin cancer can be diagnosed?

There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, and it usually appears as a small, flesh-colored bump or a dark spot on the skin. Squamous cell carcinoma usually appears as a scaly patch or a raised area of skin that is red, white, or tan. Melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer, but it is the most dangerous. It typically appears as a dark spot on the skin that is black, brown, or blue.

What to look for when you’re looking for skin cancer by a dermatologist

When you’re looking for skin cancer, it’s important to keep an eye out for any changes in your skin. This includes new growths, sores that don’t heal, and changes in existing moles. If you notice any of these changes, be sure to see a dermatologist as soon as possible. We also recommend seeing us once a year for an annual screening, which allows our dermatological team to spot changes that could be indicative of cancer in its earliest stages.

Learn more about skin cancer and skin cancer screenings

At the Skin and Beauty Center, we use the latest technology to diagnose and treat all types of skin cancer. We offer both medical and surgical treatments for our patients who are interested in improving their skin and body. If you suspect you have skin cancer or want to arrange for an annual skin cancer screening, we welcome you to call one of our six office locations to educate yourself further on the advantages of early detection and treatment.

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