Skin Cancer and Advanced Treatment Options
Skin cancer, the abnormal growth of skin cells, most often develops on skin exposed to the sun or through tanning bed use, but this common form of cancer can also occur on areas of your skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight.
There are three major types of skin cancer:
Basel Cell Carcinoma:
Basel cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. It is slow growing and seldom spreads to other parts of the body. If left untreated, it will continue to grow and can invade and destroy surrounding tissue.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma:
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. This type of tumor generally grows rapidly and often appears a roughened area of skin that may ulcerate or bleed. Some squamous cell carcinomas have a propensity for spreading to other parts of the body.
Malignant melanoma usually appears as a brown-black growth on the skin which enlarges and sometimes bleeds. If not treated early, malignant melanoma is life-threatening.
There are many ways to treat skin cancer depending upon what type of tumor you have including creams, curettage and electrodesiccation, excision, Mohs micrographic surgery and radiation. Cascade Eye & Skin Centers, P.C. offers two highly specialized treatment options, Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT) for the treatment of all types of skin cancer.