Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. Prevention and early diagnosis play critical roles in the fight against skin cancer, regardless of the type a person develops.
Here’s the good news: Skin cancer can be detected early. By knowing your skin and watching for changes, skin cancer is easily caught and diagnosed. A bump that appears, a spot that bleeds, a mole that changes, a scaling red spot, or an area that is sore to the touch – all of these lesions are indicators of skin cancer and should be brought to the attention of your dermatologist. If you see a bump that looks suspicious, make an appointment at one of our Minneapolis-area offices today.
Skin Cancer Causes
Skin cancer has many causes, but most have to do with a history of sunburn and exposure to sun as a child. Individuals with fair skin, light eyes, and freckles are at a greater risk of developing skin cancer, as are those who have more than the average number of moles. A family history of this form of cancer also increases a person’s risk of developing a melanoma or carcinoma.
Individuals with chronic, repeated, or prolonged sun exposure, such as those who reside in warmer climates, work outdoors, or frequently engage in outdoor activities, as well as those who use tanning booths, are also at a greater risk of developing skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Treatment
Skin cancer is treatable when detected early and has a high cure rate. Seek medical attention when suspicious lesions appear or a change in a mole is detected. A total body exam is suggested annually and more frequently in individuals at high risk or with a history of skin cancer. Treatment depends on the type and severity of the skin cancer, which may include but is not limited to, freezing, surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
Symptoms and Types of Skin Cancer
There are three main types of skin cancer, and each has different symptoms. Below, we’ve provided brief descriptions of these cancers and how they may manifest.
Basel Cell Carcinoma
Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. This is also the most treatable, as it rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Basal Cell Carcinoma may look like:
- A dome shaped papule, shiny like a pearl, pink or skin colored, with or without a small red blood vessel.
- An “acne like” lesion that never goes away.
- A red scaling red patch.
- A lesion that bleeds easily.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer and may appear as:
- Hard, red lump with or without a crusty surface.
- A red scaling patch.
- A lesion that bleeds easily.
- A hard crusted “horn” that grows very rapidly.
Melanoma is the rarest but most serious type of skin cancer. It can metastasize easily, which means early detection and treatment are essential. Melanoma may appear as:
- Pigment that appears suddenly, grows quickly, or does not look like other moles.
- A mole that changes size, borders, or grows asymmetrically.
- A mole that has varied colors, such as brown, black, pink, red, or blue.
- A mole that bleeds or becomes elevated while turning dark.
- A streak in the fingernail or toenail.
When to See a Dermatologist for Skin Cancer
As you’ve likely noticed, many of the symptoms listed above can explain a variety of skin phenomena, and many of the visible symptoms overlap between the forms of skin cancer. If you suspect a new growth to be skin cancer, make an appointment with us as soon as possible. We can provide a total body exam to check every surface for signs of cancer. While skin cancer is very common, it is also easily treated when caught early. Contact Us to schedule an appointment or virtual visit today.
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It is rare to find a dermatologist who is as knowledgeable about the many facets of clinical and cosmetic dermatology as Dr. Zelickson. Because of his knowledge and honesty, doctors worldwide know they can depend on his assessment of new therapies, procedures and medical devices. This, in turn, has made him a much sought–after speaker for the plethora of professional medical society meetings and engagements that we have throughout the year. I am honored to know Dr. Zelickson and consider him a friend to the profession.
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We have felt honored to have Dr. Brian Zelickson, a world–renowned dermatologist who is distinguished as a high–quality care physician, serving as the investigator evaluating Syneron non–invasive skin tightening technology
I trained with Dr. Zelickson at Mayo Clinic, and I found him to be a very bright and creative dermatologist and scientist. Later, he was our best advisor when we set up our clinic in the Basque Country in Spain. I call him the ‘paparazzi of dermatology.’ His contribution to our speciality is probably among the best of this century.
Tuve la suerte de conocer al Dr. Brian Zelickson en Minneapolis hace muchos anos y desde entonces acudo regularmente a compartir sus conocimientos. Es un científico honrado, brillante, creativo e innovador. Nunca deja de sorprenderte agradablemente.
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