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Symptoms of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, with more new cases each year than all other cancers combined. Some common signs of skin cancer are:
- Any changes in the color, texture, size, or shape of existing moles or spots
- An “ugly duckling” mole, which is one that looks different than other moles or spots on your skin
- Redness or swelling around a mole
- Skin sores that won’t heal or that heal but come back
- Red, scaly patches
- Rough, thick, wart-like skin
If you notice any of these symptoms or any other change in your skin that concerns you, schedule a skin cancer screening with one of our dermatologists right away. With early diagnosis and treatment, skin cancer has a high cure rate.
Types of Skin Cancer & Their Treatment Options
There are many types of skin cancer, but the most common are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. The treatment option that’s best for each case depends upon the type of cancer, the stage that it’s in, and the location.
Some types of skin cancer can be treated with topical creams, while others need to be removed by excision or Mohs surgery. Your dermatologist will discuss treatment options with you to develop an individualized skin cancer treatment plan.
The good news? Early detection is the key to a good prognosis. The best ways to find skin cancer early is to perform monthly skin cancer self-exams and to schedule an annual skin cancer screening appointment with our dermatologists.