What are Skin Cancers?
Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma are three common skin cancers we regularly evaluate. Basal cell carcinoma typically occurs on sun exposed areas and can present as a red spot that fails to go away. In some patients it is a sore that does not heal. Squamous cell carcinoma may also be seen on sun exposed areas. It may look like a crusty growth and may be rapidly growing. Malignant melanoma often presents as a changing mole. Although it usually presents as a dark spot, melanoma may have multiple colors or no color at all. If signs or symptoms are associated with any lesion on your body, make an appointment for further evaluation.
Minimizing the risks of skin cancers is the best treatment. This can be done by sun avoidance and use of sun protective devices. Regular self-examination and skin check-ups are important aspect in combating the malignancy. With early diagnosis, the three skin cancers are almost always curable. There are many treatments available for skin cancers. Treatment is based on the subtype of the malignancy, size and location, and the depth and extent of involvement. Once a diagnosis is established, Dr. Aspacio will discuss the appropriate treatments for you. A simple excision, cryotherapy, electrodessication and curettage, chemotherapeutic medication are all available at Summerlin Dermatology. If needed, Dr. Aspacio works with multiple specialists to address the skin cancer.