One in five Americans will develop at least one skin cancer during their lifetime. Chronic sun exposure, history of blistering sunburns, fair complexion, immunosuppression, and family history of skin cancer are factors associated with an increased risk of skin cancer. Early detection and treatment of skin cancer is essential to prevent the spread of disease to other areas of the body, achieve better outcomes, and decrease the emotional burden of the disease.
Types of Skin Cancer
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, and only exceptionally spreads to other parts of the body. Squamous cell carcinoma may behave more aggressively than basal cell carcinoma, and can metastasize, though rarely does. Melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer, and can spread to other parts of the body. It typically presents as a new or changing pigmented lesion, such as a changing mole. There are several forms of melanoma, all with a different prognosis. Generally, the deeper the lesion penetrates into the skin, the worse the prognosis. Most melanomas can be cured if caught early and treated appropriately.
South Weymouth MA Skin Cancer Treatment
The treatment of skin cancer must be customized, taking into account the type, size/severity, and location of the cancer, as well as patient’s age. At GK Dermatology, we perform surgical removal through excision, and radiosurgery, and work closely with micrographic (Mohs) surgeons when necessary. We also provide non-surgical interventions for low-risk skin cancers, such as topical creams such as imiquimod, and light therapy (photodynamic therapy).