What you should know about prevention & treatment.
There are three types of skin cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Malignant Melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer; an estimated 2.8 million are diagnosed annually in the US. BCCs are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring if allowed to grow. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. An estimated 700,000 cases of SCC are diagnosed each year in the US. Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer .
Please take some time to go over these quick facts
about skin cancer below and if you notice any of the signs listed below, contact
our office at 888-631-7773 to schedule a consultation.
- Most common
- 85% occur on face and neck
- Raised pink or pearly white bump with small, visible blood vessels near edge
- Pigmented pumps that look like moles with a pearly edge
- Sore that continuously heals and reopens
- Flat scaly scar with waxy appearance and blurred edges
- Tend to bleed
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- Crusty or scaly patch of skin with an inflamed, red base
- Can occur anywhere including inside of the mouth, but most frequently on
scalp, face, ears and back of hands
- Most deadly
- Spreads rapidly to internal organs and lymph system
- Looks like moles and often grow inside existing moles
- Change to size, shape or color of mole
Dr. Kirby believes that patient education is key to early diagnosis of skin
cancer. Yearly physician-directed, full body skin exams are recommended and
monthly self-exams are encouraged. To schedule your annual exam, please call
please call 888-631-7773.
Tips for Sun Protection
- Apply sunscreen of at least SPF 15 is strongly advised
- Cover up with light-colored clothing and a hat when exposed to sunlight
- Wear sunglasses to prevent UV damage to eyes
- Avoid prolonged periods of sun exposure and sun burns. It is important to use extra caution near reflecting water, snow and sand
- Avoid tanning beds