Skin Cancer Types and Treatments Options
Skin cancer has become so common millions of Americans are likely to develop it. Increasing in frequency with age and exposure to the UVB rays of the sun, skin cancer can be treated successfully. At the office of Dr. Lisa Silbret and Dr. Alan Schechter in Manalapan NJ, skin cancer treatments are state of the art and effective. Learn more about Skin Cancer Treatments Manalapan here.
Common skin cancer types and their treatments
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) the most common kind of cancer in the US, says the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Affecting the epidermis, or outermost layer of the skin, basal cell carcinoma looks raised, red or pink and even pearl-like in tone. Bumps may be crusty and oozy, elaborate experts at the AAD.
To treat confirmed BCC, Dr. Schechter or Dr. Silbret may recommend topical medications, freezing (cryosurgery), desiccation, and curettage (a scraping and application of electrical current), radiation or simple surgical excision with a scalpel. The dermatologists also use innovative MOHS surgery to remove thin slices of the tumor, analyzing each until non-cancerous tissue is reached.
Basal cell carcinoma features a high cure rate, but early detection and intervention are critical. While BCC does not spread to major body organs, it can seriously impact the quality of life, tissue integrity, and overall longevity when lesions become large and locally invasive.
Squamous cell carcinoma also harms the epidermis and often begins as actinic keratoses, scaly lesions on the scalp, neck, and arms. Like BCC, squamous cell carcinoma rarely metastasizes, but it can destroy large areas of tissue where it resides. Treatment options are similar to those for basal cell carcinoma.
Finally, everyone should know about malignant melanoma as it is the most dangerous skin cancer. Although not as common as basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, malignant melanoma is becoming more and more prevalent, particularly in young adults who overindulge in sun exposure.
The lesions affect the pigment-producing cells in the bottom of the epidermis. Often, cancer begins in existing moles or resembles them. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends monthly inspection of existing moles for changes in size, shape, color, and texture and in-office exams yearly with your skin doctor.
In Manalapan, NJ, and across the country, skin cancer treatment for melanoma depends on staging, or how advanced the cancer is. Surgical excision, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy may be used alone or in combination to treat and cure this deadly malignancy.
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Surviving skin cancer takes vigilance on the part of patients and your skincare team in Manalapan NJ. For the latest information on skin cancer--treatments, recognition, and prevention--contact Dr. Lisa Silbret or Dr. Alan Schechter for an informative consultation: (732) 303-1500.