Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Common risk factors include: skin color, age, genetics and sun exposure.
Skin Cancer is the malignant growth of abnormal skin cells. The most common types of skin cancer are Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), and Malignant Melanoma.
BCC is the most common form. BCC and SCC are collectively known as Non-melanoma Skin Cancer (NMSC) and are usually sun-related. Melanoma is generally regarded as the most aggressive.
Diagnosis is confirmed by a skin biopsy. Biopsies are done in the office, frequently the same day as your office visit, under local anesthesia with lidocaine, taking typically only a few minutes.
Treatment depends on the type and location of the skin cancer, recurrence and the patient’s age. Treatments include topical creams, cryotherapy, ED&C, Excision and Mohs Micrographic Surgery.