Skin Cancer Treatment
Over 1 million people are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer each year. These include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. These cancers are less dangerous than melanoma and generally do not spread to other areas of the body. However, they are a concern and should be taken seriously.
Signs to look for on the skin: (most are usually painless):
- Red or brown flat scaly areas
- Scaly and rough patches
- A small lump that is shiny (waxy), pale in color, and smooth
- A spot or sore that becomes crusty or bleeds
- Sores that do not heal
- A red lump that is firm (this can be a simple spot or a mole)
- One half of the abnormal skin area different that the other half
- Irregular borders (moles)
- Color varies from one area to another (moles)
- Diameter of mole larger than 6mm (larger than a pencil eraser)
- Any growth or mole that looks suspicious to you
Everyone is at risk for developing skin cancer, although there are some more at risk because of the following factors:
- Over 40 years of age
- Personal or family history of skin cancer (non-melanoma or melanoma)
- Fair skin tones and burn easily
- Blue or Green Eyes
- Natural red or blonde hair
- If you spend a lot of time in the sun (everyone should follow safe sun practices)
Depending on the type of skin cancer you have will define the treatment offered. The treatment offered will depend on the size, depth, and location of the skin cancer and can include everything from medications, excision to Mohs Surgery. Mohs Surgery is a technique of cutting out skin and immediately looking at it under a microscope to check for cancer. The process is repeated until the skin sample is free of cancer.
Stone Dermatology offers state of the art skin cancer treatment in Provo, Utah, as well as a comfortable and relaxed environment that is sure to put you at ease. Our skin care professionals are not only friendly and courteous, they are top in their field.
Please contact us at 801-203-8759 if you have questions or concerns regarding areas of skin or moles you find suspicious.