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.


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.


Skin cancer statistics shouldn’t keep you from being outdoors. With the number of available options for preventing skin cancer, you can maintain healthy, cancer-free skin throughout your life. The Kwan Dermatology team recommends wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen and covering up to protect against the sun’s damaging rays. Visiting your dermatologist yearly will help reverse ill effects from sun damage and can catch skin cancer at an early stage where it can be reversed.


If you are experiencing unusual bumps and marks on your skin that won’t go away, please schedule an appointment with Kwan Dermatology immediately to have it examined and (if needed) treated with topical products, micro-surgery, laser, or cryo technology.

NATURAL SUN PROTECTION: A lesser known skin cancer prevention aid is a micro-algae called Astaxanthin. It provides natural sunscreen from marine plants and is effective in absorbing solar radiation. Not only does astaxanthin have powerful ultraviolet light-absorbing properties, it also protects the body from free radicals and is an anti-inflammatory. You can find it online or at your local healthfood store.


Many skin cancer treatments are available to bring your skin back to its healthy, natural state. These treatments vary depending on what form of skin cancer you have been diagnosed with. Whether you need topical treatments, EDC, Cryosurgery, Photodynamic Therapy or Laser treatments, Kwan Dermatology’s highly-skilled team of dermatologists can help. During your consultation, we will take the time to carefully examine you and then create a treatment plan based on your needs. We offer the most advanced technologies available on the market, and can assist in restoring your skin back to health. If you would like more information on skin cancer prevention or treatment, please contact Kwan Dermatology to schedule your consultation.