Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and the number of instances of skin cancer has increased over the years. Expert dermatologist Barbara Drozdowski, MD, FAAD, offers comprehensive cancer screenings and innovative treatments at Holland Dermatology in Holland, Michigan, and the surrounding communities. If you are concerned about a mole, or would like a full body skin exam and cancer screening, make an appointment by phone or online today.
Nonmelanoma skin cancers are the most common forms of this disease. Nonmelanoma skin cancers include the two most typical forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). According to the American Cancer Society, basal cell carcinoma accounts for about eight out of every 10 cases.
Nonmelanoma skin cancers like BCC and SCC are not usually fatal. They’re highly treatable if caught early. That’s why it’s so important to have regular skin cancer screenings by a trusted, expert dermatologist. Dr. Drozdowski recommends getting checked for skin cancer as soon as you notice any changes to your skin’s appearance, or if you develop a suspicious-looking growth, mole, or discoloration on your skin.
Additionally, if you’ve never had a full body skin exam, you should schedule an appointment for one as soon as possible. This exam allows Dr. Drozdowski to conduct a quick, yet thorough, examination of your entire body for signs of skin cancer and other dermatological conditions that may require treatment.
Basal cell carcinoma is the type of skin cancer that typically develops from sun exposure or indoor tanning lamps. BCC tends to grow slowly and often appears on your head, face, neck, and other areas that get the most sun exposure. It may look like a small pink or red patch of skin, or like a sore that heals and then comes back again.
Rarely does BCC spread to other parts of your body, but, if left untreated, it can invade deeper layers of tissue beneath your skin, or even the bone. If not completely removed, basal cell carcinoma may recur in the same place on your skin. And, if you have BCC in one place, you’re more likely to get it in another spot, as well.
Squamous cell carcinoma is a less common type of skin cancer that also commonly forms on areas of sun-exposed skin. You may get SCC on your face, ears, neck, or the back of your hands. Squamous cell carcinomas are more likely to grow in the deeper layers of your skin and can spread to other areas of your body, although it’s not common.
Squamous cell carcinoma may appear as a wart-like growth, a sore that doesn’t heal, or a rough, scaly patch of skin that sometimes bleeds.
At Holland Dermatology, Dr. Drozdowski expertly diagnoses your type of skin cancer and recommends the latest treatments, including Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT). SRT is a noninvasive treatment for nonmelanoma skin cancers like BCC and SCC.
Call today to schedule a skin cancer screening or use the online booking feature.