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Many people are concerned about the development of skin cancer. Especially in sunny San Diego, where outdoor activities are a way of life for many of us, education regarding skin cancer is extremely important.

Because there are several types of skin cancer, and because skin cancer looks different from one person to another, it is best to see a dermatologist. Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic offers comprehensive annual skin cancer screenings, diagnostic testing, and appropriate forms of treatment for all types of skin cancer including squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma.

Should you see us now?

Schedule a visit with us now if you have a mole or growth that:
  • Developed more than a few weeks ago
  • Has grown larger
  • Has changed shape
  • Bleeds or itches

If you have a growth with these characteristics, try not to worry. Research has shown that early intervention for skin cancer can lead to excellent results. We offer a number of options for treatment, and use the most conservative methods we can, including Mohs micrographic surgery.

Looking at the types of skin cancer

The three types of skin cancer most frequently diagnosed are:

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

This type of skin cancer is the most common, diagnosed in more than two million Americans every year. Basal cell carcinoma lesions typically develop on areas of skin that have been routinely exposed to UV light. This may be the ears, lips, nose, neck, head, or even the backs of the hands.

BCC is a type of skin cancer that grows slowly. However, because it can destroy tissue it grows on, it is important to seek treatment if you suspect this condition.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

Each year, approximately 700,000 new cases of squamous cell carcinoma are diagnosed. Like BCC, SCC may occur on any area of the body, but most likely occurs on areas of the body that receive a lot of sun exposure, such as the face and the back of the hands. In some cases, SCC is a type of skin cancer that may metastasize, or spread to other tissues and organs. Early detection and treatment for squamous cell carcinoma can help ensure the best outcome.

Melanoma

UV exposure is also primarily responsible for the development of melanoma skin cancer. It is not the only factor since other genetic factors may also play a role. As with other skin cancers, this type of skin cancer can affect anyone.

Early treatment can cure melanoma

The concern with this form of skin cancer is that, if melanoma metastasizes to other parts of the body, it can cause death. Dermatologists believe that there are certain steps that people can take to lower this risk. These include:
  • Recognize the signs of melanoma
  • Learn how to perform self-examinations, and perform them routinely
  • Obtain annual skin cancer screenings from a qualified dermatologist
  • Seek examination and treatment right away if a mole or growth changes

Signs of melanoma
  • A growing or changing mole
  • A mole that stands out from others in terms of appearance
  • Odd shape, border, or coloring in a mole

If a growth exhibits any of the ABCDEs of skin cancer (Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, or Evolving), make an appointment with your dermatologist at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Center.

Indoor tanning has been identified as a major risk factor in each of these types of skin cancer. The use of tanning lamps is no safer than exposure to natural sunlight, and should be avoided.

Call (619) 377-4949 for your skin cancer screening.

Skin cancer is concerning. The more you know the better. Get the information you need with a qualified La Mesa dermatologist. Call (619) 377-4949 today.

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