Skin Cancer Overview
Skin cancer is a common disease that affects millions each year. Malignant (cancerous) cells that form on the surface of the skin are typically easy to detect by examining the skin. When caught early, a 100% cure-rate is likely. Without treatment, skin cancer can quickly spread to vital organs via the bloodstream.
The Skin Care Center offers Complete Skin Exams at all of their Chicago metro practices to ensure that patients can be aware of any potential skin cancer concerns as early as possible.
What Causes Skin Cancer?
Prolonged sun exposure and UV-damage are the primary causes of skin cancer. Family history can also play a small part in the likelihood of getting the disease.
Are There Different Types of Skin Cancer?
There are many types of skin cancer. The most common three include:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. It can appear anywhere sun exposure occurs, especially the nose.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) usually appears as a firm red bump. The ears, lower lip, and back of hands are often affected.
- Melanoma is less common but is the most aggressive and deadly form of skin cancer. Melanomas can occur anywhere on the body.
What Treatment Options Are Available?
Our highly-skilled dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating skin cancer. Early-detection skin cancer checks are recommended 1-2 times annually. If skin cancer is present, we use the latest tools and techniques to ensure the best possible outcome. Treatments may include:
- Excisional Surgery
- Mohs Surgery
- Freezing with Liquid Nitrogen
- Curettage and Electrodesiccation
- Photodynamic Therapy
- Biological Therapy