Skin Cancer Screening Sarasota, FL
Did you know that approximately five million people are diagnosed with skin cancer every year in the United States? An annual skin cancer screening with a board-certified dermatologist will help greatly reduce improve your prognosis. The three most common types of skin cancer are Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma.
What is a Skin Cancer Screening?
A skin cancer screening at American Dermatology Associates is a visual inspection of your skin by Dr. Trent. No blood work is necessary during a skin cancer screening. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma are the most common types of skin cancer, with melanoma being the most deadly. It is important to regularly self-examine your skin, as well as schedule a yearly appointment for a skin cancer screening by a dermatologist. A skin cancer screening can help detect skin cancer early.
How Is Skin Cancer Diagnosed?
A skin cancer diagnosis should be performed after you undergo a skin cancer screening. To diagnose skin cancer, your doctor will review all of your symptoms and will check your skin for any unusual growths or abnormal patches. If skin cancer is suspected, a biopsy will be performed on the growth or area of skin in question. Once the biopsy is tested and the results are reviewed, the type of cancer can be determined and a treatment plan will be created.
Types Of Skin Cancer
As mentioned previously, there are three common types of skin cancer. They affect different layers of the skin and are named for the different skin cell types that can become cancerous.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that occurs in the basal cell layer of the skin. This is the most common type of skin cancer in fair-skinned people and it usually occurs on areas of the skin that have had sun exposure, such as the face. This type of skin cancer rarely spreads to other parts of the body.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that occurs in the squamous cells. This is the most common type of skin cancer in dark-skinned people and it usually occurs on areas of the skin that are not commonly exposed to the sun, such as the legs or the feet. When fair-skinned people develop squamous cell carcinoma, it tends to occur in sun-exposed areas like the face, ears, head and neck. This type of skin cancer can spread.
Melanoma is the most dangerous and aggressive type of skin cancer. Melanoma is the most likely of the three types to spread to other parts of the body. It occurs in the melanocyte (pigment) cells of the skin, and can form on any part of the body, regardless of the amount of exposure to the sun.
For more information on skin cancer, skin cancer screenings or skin cancer treatment, visit www.skincancer.org today.