Each year, more Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer than all other cancers combined. However, when caught early, skin cancer is usually easily treated and removed. Rosewood Health Care & Medical Spa, in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, offers expert skin cancer screenings and treatments to protect your health. If you’re concerned about skin cancer, call Rosewood Health Care & Medical Spa or make an appointment online today.
Skin cancer is a disease where your skin cells multiply abnormally quickly and don’t respond to signals from your body to stop growing. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in America today.
There are three prevalent types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. They’re named for the type of skin cell affected.
Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the most common types of skin cancer, but they’re unlikely to spread to other parts of your body or become life-threatening. Melanoma, on the other hand, is less common but significantly more dangerous.
Skin cancer is identified by its ABCDEs.
A healthy mole is usually perfectly round. Cancerous skin growths are often oddly shaped and asymmetrical.
Cancerous skin growths have irregular, ragged, or blurred borders, while healthy moles have smooth, even edges.
Cancerous moles may appear mottled with shades of brown, black, pink, red, white, and even blue.
Skin cancer is usually larger than an average mole, sometimes wider than a pencil eraser.
Skin cancer also changes shape and color. If you notice any new moles or moles that change shape, color, or size, you should make an appointment at Rosewood Health Care & Medical Spa for an exam and treatment.
You should check your skin at home each month and keep an eye on your moles and freckles. Additionally, you should have a doctor examine your skin once a year for abnormalities.
Your doctor will examine your skin using a light and a magnifying tool. If they notice any irregular growths, they may take a sample of cells to test for cancer.
Excision procedures are the most common treatment for skin cancer. Some of the common excision techniques include:
In some cases, Rosewood Health Care & Medical Spa may also recommend a topical medication.
If you’re concerned about skin cancer, call Rosewood Health Care & Medical Spa or schedule an appointment online today for a skin cancer screening.