Skin cancer remains the most common type of cancer in the United States, and it can be life-threatening without proper treatment. Paige Seeker, MD, and her team at Seeker Dermatology in Austin, Texas, provide comprehensive skin cancer exams to prevent and treat lesions in their early stages. Whether you have an abnormal mole or simply need a check-up, Dr. Seeker and her team are available for full-body screenings. Call the dermatology clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Skin cancer is an overgrowth of abnormal cells in the epidermis (the skin’s outer layer). As these cells divide and multiply rapidly, malignant (cancerous) lesions can form. Skin cancer is highly treatable in its early stages, but it can be difficult to control once it spreads to other areas of the body. Early detection is the most effective way to control skin cancer.
There are multiple types of skin cancer, but the three most common are:
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) develops in areas of the skin that experience frequent sun exposure, such as the face, scalp, neck, and chest. The most common type of skin cancer, BCCs typically don’t spread to other areas of the body. These lesions appear as scaly patches or waxy lumps on the skin.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is another common type of skin cancer, but unlike BCC, these lesions are more aggressive and can spread to other areas of the body. They are rarely fatal, but SCCs can damage your tissues.
Melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer that usually stems from an abnormal mole. It can appear anywhere on the body and is not necessarily the result of sun exposure. Regular skin cancer screenings are critical to diagnose and treat melanomas before they metastasize (spread).
A comprehensive skin cancer screening is the first step in diagnosing the condition. Dr. Seeker and her team visually inspect every area of your body, including your scalp and in between your toes and fingernails. If the team spots any abnormalities, they may take a biopsy (tissue sample) at your appointment or schedule this diagnostic screening at a later date.
Dr. Seeker and her team perform lab testing and examine your lesion under a microscope to determine whether you have skin cancer and, if so, identify the type.
Treating skin cancer depends on the type you have. Once you have a diagnosis, Dr. Seeker and her team may recommend:
If you have skin cancer, annual screenings are essential to catch any new lesions immediately.
Call Seeker Dermatology today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about skin cancer.