One 1 in 5 people in the United States develops skin cancer at some point. Any abnormal growth, nonhealing wound, or itchy scab may signify skin cancer. The team at Mohave Dermatology specializes in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. The team includes dermatologists trained in Mohs micrographic surgery, the most effective skin cancer treatment. Don’t ignore changes in your skin. Call the office in Las Vegas, Mesquite, or Pahrump, Nevada, or schedule a consultation online today.
Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells. It usually develops because of changes in the skin’s DNA, causing abnormal cells to grow quickly.
These DNA changes usually occur because of overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun, tanning bed, or sunlamp.
The type of skin cancer you have is determined by where it starts. Among many kinds of skin cancer, the most common include:
BCC is the most common type of skin cancer. With this type, you may develop skin-colored bumps on areas of your body that get the most sun, such as your head, neck, or arms.
SCC is the second-most common type of skin cancer and causes firm red bumps, scaly patches, or nonhealing sores. SCC may develop on the ears, face, neck, arms, chest, or back.
Melanoma is less common than BCC and SCC. However, it’s the deadliest type of skin cancer because it spreads quickly. Melanoma looks like an abnormal mole. It may develop within an existing mole or appear as an unusual dark spot on your skin.
Melanoma can affect any part of your body, including areas not exposed to the sun, like the soles of your feet.
Actinic keratosis is a precancerous lesion that appears as a dry, scaly skin patch.
The Mohave Dermatology team conducts a thorough skin exam when you come in with concerns about abnormal skin growths. Your dermatologist examines your skin from head to toe, looking for cancerous lesions.
Depending on the location and size of the growth, they may remove it or take a biopsy of the growth. No matter what method the team uses, they send the abnormal growth to the pathology lab to confirm or rule out skin cancer.
Mohs micrographic surgery is the most effective treatment for skin cancer with the highest cure rate.
During Mohs micrographic surgery, your dermatologist at Mohave Dermatology removes the skin cancer in layers, examining each layer under a microscope until they reach the layer of healthy, cancer-free tissue.
Only dermatologists with special training can perform Mohs surgery. The team at Mohave Dermatology includes a dermatologist with this advanced training who performs the procedure on-site.
Skin cancer is curable when treated early. Call Mohave Dermatology, or schedule your consultation online today.