Skin cancer accounts for about 80 percent of all cancer cases in the United States, and it will affect about 20 percent of all Americans at some point in their lives. If caught and treated early, even melanoma, which is the most potentially deadly form of skin cancer, has about a 99 percent cure rate.
Skin Cancer Treatment
Treatment for skin cancer depends on the type of cancer and how far it has progressed before it’s diagnosed. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. Though it’s rarely life-threatening, getting immediate treatment is still important because, in its early stages, basal cell carcinoma may be treatable with a topical medication, or possibly superficial scraping, instead of surgery.
For squamous cell skin cancer and melanoma, it’s often necessary to take a biopsy for diagnosis or to remove pre-cancerous or cancerous tissue. Dr. Amy Witt at Derrow Dermatology is a skilled dermatological surgeon, so when our patients need skin cancer biopsies or removal, we’re able to provide care in our dedicated surgical suite.
Skin Exams & Skin Cancer Screenings
Early detection of skin cancer or, better yet, catching pre-cancerous skin conditions before they have a chance to develop into cancer, gives you the best chance of preventing or successfully treating skin cancer. Schedule a skin exam with a dermatologist every year, and don’t delay in making an appointment if you spot something suspicious on your skin between visits.