At Lakeside Dermatology, our medical dermatology services focus on prevention. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer diagnosed every year, but it is highly treatable if caught early enough. Whether you need treatment for skin cancer or want to learn what you can do to prevent it, we can provide you with a step-by-step plan at Lakeside Dermatology. We are located in Sebring and Winter Haven and are pleased to provide the area with comprehensive skincare services. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment with our dermatologist.
The Different Types of Skin Cancer
The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma. BCC and SCC most commonly develop on those with fair skin, although this is not always the case. Carcinomas can easily be mistaken for bumps or sores on the skin.
Melanoma typically develops within a new or existing mole. If you notice a mole that is changing or growing in size, it could be a warning sign of melanoma.
Any area of the skin that is regularly exposed to the sun has a higher risk of developing cancer, so it is vital to protect your skin from UV rays and sun damage as often as possible.
While you should always get a suspicious mole checked by a dermatologist, the ABCDE rule serves as a useful guideline when it comes to determining if a mole poses any risk for skin cancer. This rule is as follows:
- Asymmetry: If neither half of a mole matches the other, it could signify the development of melanoma.
- Border: The borders of a healthy mole will be smooth and even. A malignant mole, however, usually has borders that are jagged, uneven or irregular.
- Color: If a mole is benign, it will usually be brown in color. Melanoma, however, is often signified by moles that come in colors like black, red, blue or even white.
- Diameter: Melanomas tend to be larger than healthy moles. If your mole is greater than 6mm in diameter, you should visit our dermatologist as soon as possible to have it observed.
- Evolving: One of the most pressing symptoms of melanoma is a mole that has changed over time. If you have noticed a mole growing, changing or becoming a different color, schedule an appointment with our dermatologist immediately.
If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, our dermatologist will go over your treatment options with you during your consultation. Different types of skin cancers may respond better to different types of treatments. Carcinomas tend to respond extremely well to Mohs surgery, for example. Melanoma may require a different treatment and close, regular inspection of the area to ensure the cancer does not spread.
Skin cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer when it is caught early. Learn about your treatment options or our other medical dermatology services by contacting us at Lakeside Dermatology today.