Skin Cancers

Skin_CancerThe early detection, intervention, and follow-up of skin cancer for every patient is of primary concern at Franklin Dermatology.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five people will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime.  Risk factors include age, family history of skin cancer, and frequent sun exposure.  Fortunately, skin cancer is almost always curable if detected and treated early.

The most common forms of skin cancer are:

  • Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer.  It can present as a slowly enlarging lesion that bleeds easily and doesn’t heal.  Most frequently it occurs in areas of the body that have received the most sun exposure.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma often begins as scaling red rough patches that can progress to thicker more invasive lesions.  These often occur in middle aged and elderly persons.  People who have fair complexions and people who have spent a great of time in the sun are most likely to be affected.  Frequently affected areas include the scalp, face, and hands.
  • Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer.  As early detection is extremely important, patients are encouraged to monitor their skin for changing pigmented lesions and have regular professional skin examinations to detect this deadly form of skin cancer in its earliest stages.  This form of skin cancer often presents as an irregularly pigmented and irregularly shaped mole on the skin.

For More information on the ABCs of Melanoma please visit:  aad.org