Goodless Dermatology provides a full range of services focusing on skin cancer diagnostics and treatment. Qualified and caring staff, modern equipment and convenient location are here at your disposal.
Here is a piece of basic information on skin cancer that might be useful to provide a general view of this disease and help you to decide whether you have to schedule a consultation
Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells. It occurs when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.
There are three major types of skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. The first two skin cancers are grouped together as non-melanoma skin cancers. Other unusual types of skin cancer include Merkel cell tumors and dermatofibrosarcoma protruberans.
Pre-cancerous lesions can potentially turn into malignancies. It is very important to diagnose and treat them early to avoid possible complications.
Most common types of pre-cancers are actinic keratoses and dysplastic nevi (moles):
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If melanoma is diagnosed, other tests may be ordered to assess the degree of cancer spread (metastasis). They include:
Imaging. Your doctor will order one or more tests to look for metastasis. They include CT scan, MRI, PET scan, bone scan, and chest X-ray.
Other biopsies. Using a variety of techniques, your doctor may want to get tissue samples from lymph nodes.
Skin growths that are most likely basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or other forms of non-melanoma can be biopsied in various ways. Part or all of the growth can be taken with a scalpel for examination under a microscope.
In accordance with the diagnosed stage of the disease, there are several standard treatments for skin cancer:
Do not hesitate to contact your family doctor or our office as soon as possible in case you’ve noticed anything suspicious on your skin. Early detection and treatment is the key to success!