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When Is Skin Cancer Life-Threatening?

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Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer; fortunately, it also has one of the highest survival rates. However, do not assume that you do not need to worry about skin cancer, because it can be fatal. In fact, someone in the United States dies of skin cancer every half hour. To help you better understand the risks that skin cancer poses, the expert team of doctors at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic in La Mesa outline when skin cancer can be life-threatening. Certain Types Are More Lethal The term “skin cancer” refers to a few different types … Continue reading

The Three Main Types of Skin Cancer

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An estimated one in five people will develop skin cancer at some point in their lifetime, which makes skin cancer the top form of cancer in the United States. Since skin cancer is usually caused by UV (ultraviolet) exposure, our best chance of avoiding this cancer is by protecting ourselves from the sun with clothing and sunscreen. The skin cancer experts at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic explain the three most common forms of skin cancer in this blog.  Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) BCC is the most prevalent form of skin cancer. With BCC, sun exposure causes a mutation in the … Continue reading

Celebrate National Cancer Prevention Month by Understanding Your Skin Cancer Risk

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Did you know February is National Cancer Prevention Month? The team at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic believes the best way to observe this month is to help patients understand their skin cancer risk. Here, we discuss skin cancer and your skin cancer risk. What Is Skin Cancer? Cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells develop and divide uncontrollably. Skin cancer, as its name suggests, is the abnormal growth of skin cells. It can occur on any area of your body, not just areas exposed to the sun. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United … Continue reading

Skin Cancer Facts and Myths, Test Your Knowledge

Skin cancer facts and myths

Our dermatologists and skin cancer specialists in La Mesa hear many misconceptions about melanoma and other types of skin cancer. At Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic and Skin Cancer Treatment Center, we believe patient education is vital to diagnosing and treating common skin conditions and cancer. See how much you know about skin cancer with these facts and myths. Myth: Skin Cancer is Not Dangerous Downplaying the severity of melanoma can be harmful and lead to people delaying a skin evaluation for a suspicious growth or mole. While skin cancer is highly treatable, it is still deadly. The American Cancer Society reports that … Continue reading

Warning Signs You Need to See a Dermatologist for Skin Cancer Risk

Skin Cancer Signs to Look for

About 20% of Americans develop skin cancer at some point in their lives, but as far as cancer goes, it is one of the easiest types to survive. This is especially true for patients who seek treatment for their skin cancer early on. To get it treated early, you need to detect it early, so it’s helpful to know the warning signs to look for. The team at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic advises you to keep an eye on the following potential signs of skin cancers: Moles To keep on top of melanoma risks, the number one thing to look … Continue reading

Steps to Take for Early Skin Cancer Treatment and Prevention

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Skin cancer is one of a few cancer types that you can see develop. Growths and moles form on the skin that can easily be studied at home and by our dermatologists at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic and Skin Cancer Treatment Center in La Mesa. While 99 percent of skin cancer cases are curable, it depends on early diagnosis and treatment. Unchecked cancerous lesions may lead to disfigurement and become deadly as the skin cancer spreads to other areas of the body.   Everyday Habits That May Prevent Skin Cancer The single best thing you can do to mitigate your risk … Continue reading

Why You Still Need to Worry About Skin Cancer in the Winter

Skin Cancer protection in Winter

Many people toss aside their sunscreen when sweater-weather arrives in the fall and winter months, but this time of year is just as harmful (if not more so) than the summer sun. Cool and cloudy days and changing seasons don’t make the sun’s rays less dangerous. That fireball in the sky sends down UV rays whether it’s rainy, sunny or snowy. Our dermatologists recommend wearing 30 SPF or higher sunscreen year-round.  Winter May be More Dangerous for Your Skin There are two forms of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. UVA rays cause the skin to tan, develop dark spots … Continue reading

Understanding the Four Types of Melanoma

Melanoma Evaluation for San Diego and La Mesa Patients

The skin cancer melanoma develops when cells known as melanocytes begin growing out of control, eventually forming tumors. Melanomas metastasize to other areas of the body and are often fatal. However, early detection and treatment saves lives. The doctors at Grossmont Dermatology in La Mesa discuss the four primary types of melanoma and how to recognize them. Superficial Spreading Melanoma The most common form of melanoma, the superficial spreading variety starts out on the top layer of the skin and penetrates deeply into the skin over time. Roughly 70 percent of melanomas fall into this category. This is the type … Continue reading

The Importance of Regular Skin Exams

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January is a popular time to set important goals for the year, some of which may pertain to your health. The team at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic encourages you to schedule a full-body skin exam to check for signs of skin cancer. Undergoing skin exams annually allows our dermatologists to identify signs of skin cancer in the early stages, when cancer is most treatable. Read on as we explain more about the importance of regular skin exams. Don’t Skip Your Annual Skin Exam Skin cancer is extremely common — as we have mentioned before, it affects one in five Americans. … Continue reading

The Importance of Wearing Sunscreen to Prevent Skin Cancer

Sunscreen Use Tips in San Diego

One of the best things you can do for the health and appearance of your skin is to protect it from the sun’s harmful rays. As we prepare to welcome the warm, sunny days of summer, the team at Grossmont Dermatology Medical Clinic encourages you to practice safe-sun habits when spending time outdoors. These habits help lower the risk of immediate reactions like sunburns and more serious, long-term damage like skin cancer. Skin cancer is a major public health concern. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The deadliest … Continue reading

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