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Skin Cancer Conditions

With any skin cancer, early detection and diagnosis are key to achieving the best possible clinical outcome.

Basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer seen world-wide, caused by lifelong sun-exposure and hereditary disposition. BCC usually appears on sun-exposed areas as a blemish that won’t heal, or as a persistent, pearly, shiny bump. Although these tumors are rarely life-threatening, if left untreated, they can continue to grow larger and deeper, eventually invading into and destroying surrounding tissue. When this type of cancer is found on the head and neck, Mohs surgery is usually the best treatment, providing the highest chance of cure while leaving as small of a scar as possible.

Basal cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of skin cancer. It also commonly arises on sun-exposed skin, such as the face, scalp, neck, back, shoulders, and arms. SCC often appears as a hard, scaly bump or scaling patch and may be mistaken for a wart or patch of dry skin. SCC can occasionally spread to lymph nodes and internal organs; high-risk features include large or recurrent cancers, as well as rapidly-growing tumors of the ears, scalp, or lips. An increased risk of spread is also seen in immunosuppressed patients, such as organ transplant patients, or those with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Treatment is similar to the treatment of BCC.

Squamous cell carcinoma

Melanoma

Melanoma is the most deadly of all skin cancers, but it has an excellent prognosis if caught early. Melanoma originates from the pigment cells in the skin, and although it may occur anywhere, is most often found on the legs of women and backs of men. Melanoma most often occurs in moles. It usually presents as a brown to black lesion that is not uniform in shape, border, color, or surface. Melanoma on chronically sun-damaged skin (called lentigo maligna melanoma) may appear like an irregularly brown colored patch. If you have many moles, a history of dysplastic nevi, or a family history of melanoma, it is important to see your dermatologist for regular skin checks and perform monthly self-skin examinations at home

Melanoma

Other rare tumors

Other more rare skin tumors of the skin include atypical fibroxanthoma (AFX), microcystic adnexal carcinoma (MAC), sebaceous carcinoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, and dermatofibromasarcoma protuberans (DFSP). Although many of these tumors are best treated with Mohs surgery, others may be treated with standard excision or referral to another specialist.

Steps you can take to protect yourself from skin cancer:

  • Minimize sun exposure from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest. If you enjoy outdoor activities such as golfing, gardening, running, walking, or boating, try to schedule them outside of these “peak sun hours.”
  • Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater at least 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply as directed on the product label. Products containing titanium dioxide and zinc oxide provide an extra level of physical barrier protection from the sun. Choose a cream-based sunscreen if you have dry skin, and a gel-based, oil-free, non-comedogenic formula if you have oily or acne-prone skin. “Water-resistant” sunscreens are best if you will be sweating or in water. Remember to reapply every 80 minutes. If the ears or portions of the scalp are exposed due to short or thinning hair, apply sunscreen to these areas as well.
  • Protect your lips with lipstick or a lip balm containing sunscreen.
  • Wear protective clothing, including a long-sleeved shirt, wide-brimmed hat, and ultraviolet blocking sunglasses.
  • Avoid use of UV beds at tanning salons.
  • Make sure to use sunscreens even on overcast days. UV rays can be as damaging to your skin on cloudy, hazy days, as they are on bright, sunny days.
  • Use a sunscreen while at lower latitudes or higher altitudes. The sun is stronger near the equator and at high elevations.
  • If you need a little “color,” consider using a sunless tanning lotion or get a spray tan.

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Sheth Dermatology& Mohs Surgery Center

9131 West 151st Street
Orland Park, IL 60462

(708) 323 DERM (3376)

(708) 390-0842