"Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. There are 3 main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Each one has its own topic below with more detail, but here is an outline:
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type and occurs in the basal layer of the top layer of the skin, hence its name. It is caused by sun exposure and is most often removed with surgery. Fortunately, it is almost never life threatening.
Squamous cell carcinoma is caused by any skin cell (also called squamous cells or keratinocytes). Again, caused by usually a lifetime of sun exposure. This can spread about 5% of the time to internal organs or lymph nodes so is important to identify and treat as soon as possible.
Melanoma is the most serious, as it has a much higher chance of spreading. Mole cancer starts from the pigmentation cells in the skin. It can be hereditary or from sun or both. It can be cured if caught early. Precursor to melanoma is called a dysplastic nevus. We try as best as we can to spot these are remove them to reduce the chance that one of them will go on to develop into a melanoma.
Actinic keratoses are extraordinarily common growths from sun damage and are precursors to both SCC and BCC.
"After a brush with two skin cancers, Dr. Taub remains my front line defense against an insidious disease. Her thorough examinations during my regular check ups are reassuring. I know that Dr. Taub will catch any development that I might miss. And she is there for any sudden changes!"
Advanced Dermatology is known for being a leader in skin cancer detection and prevention. Dr. Taub and her medical team specialize in thorough body checks, taking extra time in looking for any suspicious moles or lesions and which can be difficult to locate in areas such as the scalp and hard to reach body areas in self examinations.
Advanced Dermatology is a leader in skin cancer prevention with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for treating actinic keratosis, as well as being skilled dermatologic surgeons for the removal of precancerous and cancerous moles and growths.
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