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Skin Cancer Prevention, Detection and Treatment

Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States affecting more than 2 million people each year. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Fair-skinned people who sunburn easily are at particularly high risk for developing skin cancer. Prevention and early detection can prevent progression of skin cancers which left untreated can result in disfigurement and even death.



Prevention:

Overexposure to ultraviolet light (sunlight or tanning beds) is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. We all know to apply sunscreen when the sun is out to protect from Ultraviolet B (UVB) light, but you did you know you also need to apply sunscreen on those gray, cloudy days that the Pacific northwest is so well known for? Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays penetrates through clouds so be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen generously to all exposed areas using a SPF of 30 or higher. Don't forget the the back of your ears and neck, exposed areas on the scalp and tops of your feet and to reapply sunscreen every 1-2 hours when you are outside. Also, Seek shade when the sun's UV rays are most intense between 10 am and 4 pm.



Early Detection:

Develop a regular routine to check your body for any skin changes, Dr Jenkin recommends three months. If a growth appears suddenly or begins to change, see your dermatologist. We recommend that patients have an annual skin exam by a dermatologist, particularly anyone with significant past sun exposure, history of blistering sunburns and/or family history of skin cancer.



Screening for Skin Cancer:

What can you expect during your skin cancer screening visit? You will be brought back to the exam room by one of our medical assistants who will speak with you about your past sun exposure and family history. You will then be joined by one of our providers who will then systematically check every part of your skin from your scalp to your toes.

During this exam if the provider sees an area of concern they will discuss a possible biopsy of the area for further diagnosis. A biopsy is a minor procedure used to take a small sample of skin cells to be reviewed by a pathologist under a microscope. When the biopsy results are received, treatment options are discussed with you.



Treatment for Skin Cancer:

If your biopsy reveals skin cancer, our dermatologists have an array of medical and surgical treatment options, depending on the type of cancer, location and your specific needs. Surgical treatments include: Mohs micrscopic surgery, surgical excision and electrodessication and curettage (ED&C), which involves scraping the tumor off the surface.



Types of Skin Cancer:


Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC):

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. More than two million cases of this skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year per the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). BCC is especially common on the face, often forming on the nose. It is possible to get BCC on any part of the body, including the trunk, legs, and arms. People who use tanning beds have a much higher risk of getting BCC. They also tend to get BCC earlier in life.This type of skin cancer grows slowly. It rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Treatment is important because BCC can grow wide and deep(under the top layer of the skin) destroying skin tissue and bone.



Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC):

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a common skin cancer. This skin cancer tends to develop on skin that has been exposed to the sun for years. It is most frequently seen on sun-exposed areas, such as the head, neck, and back of the hands. Women frequently get SCC on their lower legs. People who use tanning beds have a much higher risk of getting SCC. They also tend to get SCC earlier in life. With early diagnosis and treatment, SCC is highly curable.



Malignant Melanoma (MM):

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. Anyone can get melanoma. When found early and treated, the cure rate is nearly 100%. It’s important to take time to look at the moles on your skin because this is a good way to find melanoma early. When checking your skin, you should look for the ABCDEs of melanoma.

For more information on skin cancer prevention, early detection and treatment we suggest the following websites:
Skin Cancer Foundation
American Melanoma Foundation
American Academy of Dermatology