Despite the many lectures we endured as children about wearing sunscreen, skin cancer rates have been on the rise for the last 30 years. Nearly 5 million Americans are treated yearly and the likelihood of someone getting skin cancer has risen 300% since 1994. There are three major types of skin cancer, the most common is basal cell carcinoma. The second most common is squamous cell carcinoma, and the third is melanoma, the most dangerous of the three. Basal cell carcinoma has three forms, superficial (the least worrisome), nodular (the most common) and morpheaform (the most challenging). Squamous cell carcinoma makes up about 20% of all skin cancer cases and is most often found in people who are experiencing immunosuppression from HIV or cancer treatment drugs. The least common of these is melanoma, which is more concerning because it is likely to grow and spread if not treated early.
HEALING SKIN CANCER
Many skin cancer treatments are available to bring your skin back to health. These treatments vary depending on the seriousness of your skin cancer. Topical medications such as creams, gels and solutions can be used to treat less serious skin cancers. These treatments can stimulate the body’s immune system and cause it to combat cancer. Electrodessication or EDC can be used to remove larger skin cancers. During this procedure the affected area is scraped and cauterized. Some additional treatments include cryosurgery, where tissue is frozen, photodynamic therapy, where blue light destroys cancerous tissues, and laser surgery, where the top layer of skin is vaporized. To determine what treatment approach is optimal for your skin cancer, please call us to schedule a consultation.