The skin is the largest organ of the body and it performs a number of vital functions. Unfortunately, skin cancer is the most prevalent of all cancers. It is estimated that more than one million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, about 80 percent of new skin cancer cases will be basal cell carcinoma, 16 percent are squamous cell carcinoma and 4 percent are melanoma.
- Be sun smart; guard your skin against the known causes of skin cancer
- Know your skin and family history; if you're fair-skinned, you're at a greater risk for skin cancer
- Be aware of any occupational exposure you may have; compounds such as coal tar and arsenic present additional hazards to your skin
- Know your body; develop a regular routine to perform self-examinations to detect changes in your skin
- Report any changes; voice your suspicions or concerns to a professional
We at Gardner Dermatology know that even the thought of cancer can be frightening, but early detection is the surest way to a cure. If you have a growth that is new, changes size, shape, or color and is non-healing, or chronically itching, it could be skin cancer and should checked. There are many options now available for the removal and treatment of skin cancer. If a skin biopsy does happen to reveal a cancerous area, you will leave our office assured of a confident plan of treatment. Schedule an appointment today.
Disclaimer: Individual results may vary from patient to patient and there is no guarantee of specific results.