At Farmington Dermatologists, we place significant importance on patient education. When you come in for your appointment, we will make sure that you fully understand your condition, and take the time to answer any questions you may have. When it comes to skin cancer, there are three common types: Squamous cell, Basal cell, and Melanoma. Read on to learn more about these skin cancers.
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Types of Skin Cancer
Squamous cell skin cancer is the most common type of skin cancer for people with heavy photodamage. This type of cancer is mainly caused by UV exposure over the course of a lifetime. It most commonly occurs in areas frequently exposed to the sun, though it can occur anywhere. Although rare, squamous cell skin cancer may spread to other areas of the body.
Basal cell skin cancer is the most common form and is also the most curable. This type of skin cancer begins in the basal cell layer of the skin and is most commonly found on the face and areas frequently exposed to the sun. Individuals with fair skin tones have a higher risk of developing basal cell skin cancer. Although it is rare for this type of skin cancer to spread to other parts of the body, it can grow and disrupt nearby organs and tissues.
Melanoma is the most aggressive type of skin cancer, and forms in the pigment cells of the skin. This type of skin cancer is caused in part, by over-exposure to UV rays. It can occur on any part of the body but is most commonly found on the face, neck, chest, and back. Patients with fair skin, freckles, and light hair and eyes are at a greater risk to develop Melanoma. It can easily spread to other areas of the body if left untreated.
When you come in for your skin cancer evaluation, there are multiple steps that will take place. These include detection, diagnosis, treatment, and maintenance. If you are interested in learning more about skin cancer, contact us today to schedule an appointment in Farmington Hills.