Skin cancers come in different shapes, sizes, and variations. The most common include Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), and Melanoma. We are able to monitor potential lesions, perform biopsies to confirm diagnosis, and treat most non-melanoma skin cancers (SCC and BCC) in our office.
Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. This type of skin cancer typically appears as a clear bump on the skin commonly in areas that were exposed to the sun (head and neck). BCCs may present as a sore that will not heal.
Squamous Cell Carcinomas are the second most common form of skin cancer. While they can be aggressive, they are generally not life threatening. Similar to BCCs, SCCs can occur as a result of sun exposure and can be found anywhere on the body, especially sun exposed areas like the scalp, ears, lips, and face. This type of skin cancer may appear as a firm, red nodule; a crusty sore; or a raised patch among others.
Melanoma is much more serious than non-melanoma (SCCs and BCCs) skin cancers. While melanoma can spread, it can be successfully treated if caught early and highlights why skin cancer screenings are important. This type of skin cancer can also appear anywhere on the body, especially in places that have had sun exposure. Be aware of any changes to existing mole(s) or new growths on your skin.