Many emotions emerge when you say the word “cancer.” Our personal experiences and limited information make the condition feel very overwhelming. Fortunately, skin cancer is one of the most treatable and preventable types of cancer.
How Does Skin Cancer Develop?
The cells of your skin are vulnerable to sunlight. Not only does the skin change color, such as with a sunburn, but the actual DNA of the cells mutates. This inhibits the ability of the cells to form and die in normal and healthy cycle. The damaged cells may divide quickly and form new damaged cells. Over time, a growth develops, and this is the genesis of a tumor. The word “tumor” does not necessarily mean cancer. It only means “an abnormal growth.”
Are There Different Types of Skin Cancer?
The medical community and researchers use three designations of skin cancer.
Squamous cell carcinoma that occurs in the cells on the surface of the skin, as well as other areas of the body. This type of skin cancer is most common in people with darker skin, and it typically develops on the feet and legs. When squamous cell carcinoma develops in people with lighter skin, it emerges in areas that are frequently exposed to sunlight. Squamous cell carcinoma can spread to surrounding tissues.
Basal cell carcinoma forms in the deepest part of the epidermis. People with fair skin experience this type of cancer compared to other skin types. It develops in areas that are frequently exposed to sunlight, and basal cell carcinoma typically does not spread to other areas.
Melanoma is a life-threatening type of skin cancer. This very aggressive cancer develops in the melanoma of the skin that gives your skin pigmentation. It can occur on any part of the body, even in areas that are never exposed to sunlight.
Is Skin Cancer Easy to Treat?
The effectiveness of any treatment for skin cancer depends on the type of cancer and how long it has been active. After your skin cancer evaluation, we may recommend:
Surgery to remove the cancerous tissue to include a margin of healthy tissue
Mohs surgery to remove the cancerous cells in thin layers
Freezing the cancer cells
Laser treatments to destroy the cancer cells
Learn More About Skin Cancer Treatment. Contact Jones ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery.
To learn more about skin cancer treatment, skin rejuvenation, lip enhancement and our other services, contact Jones ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a personal consultation. You can also contact our Oklahoma City office directly at (405) 418-5400.