Skin Cancer Screening
SkinCare in Wellesley, MA
If you notice that you have an unusual mole, a sore that won’t heal, or signs of sun damage, it’s important to have your skin evaluated for signs of skin cancer. Skin cancer is very common, but most types are easily treated by an expert dermatologist.
Melanoma is one of the rarest but most serious forms of skin cancer. Melanoma is a skin cancer of the melanocytes, or skin cells which produce pigment.
Actinic Keratosis is a form of pre-cancer which causes rough patches of skin that may bleed or appear as an open sore.
Basal cell skin cancer is the most common type of skin cancer that usually looks like a waxy lump or bump which may have a central dimple.
Squamous cell skin cancer usually looks like a rough, scaly patch of skin that may resemble a wart. Because squamous cell skin cancer is often the result of sun damage, the surrounding skin may also show wrinkling, lost elasticity, or sunspots.
Regardless of the type of skin cancer, diagnosis and treatment is often similar. You should conduct regular self-skin checks at home, and suspicious spots or moles can be reviewed with a biopsy. Following diagnosis, cancer cells must be removed.