More than 3.3 million Americans are treated for nonmelanoma skin cancer every year, making it more prevalent than all other cancers combined. Most skin cancers are highly treatable and curable, and catching it early increases your chances of coming out the other side unscathed. This is why you need a good dermatologist as part of your healthcare team. At City Dermatology Skin Institute in Bensalem, PA, Dr. Imran Amir helps his patients in the greater Philadelphia area spot the early signs of cancer and delivers prompt, sometimes life-saving, treatment. To learn more about skin cancer screening, call or book an appointment online today.
Skin cancer is a catchall term for a number of different cancers that affect cells in your skin. The three main types of skin cancer are:
This is by far the most common type of skin cancer, about 8 in 10 cases, which is good news since it’s also the least dangerous. This cancer usually develops on your head and neck.
This cancer usually develops on the sun-exposed areas of your body, such as your head, neck, and hands. It may grow deeper in the layers of your skin and the cancer has a slim chance of spreading to other parts of your body.
This is the most dangerous of the three main types of skin cancer and involves your melanocyte cells, which produce pigment. Melanoma can spread to other parts of your body, making it potentially fatal. If Dr. Amir catches it early enough, however, he can successfully treat the cancer.
The most common signs of skin cancer are:
Skin cancer manifests itself in a variety of ways and one of the best ways to stay on top of it is to know your skin and recognize when something new has developed on the surface. If you spot something irregular, make an appointment with Dr. Amir to get checked out.
The other critical tool in your cancer arsenal is an annual screening with Dr. Amir. It’s understandable that you can’t keep track of every square inch of your skin, so let Dr. Amir scan your skin with an eye trained to spot the early signs of skin cancer.
Dr. Amir treats most skin cancers by removing the cancerous area. He is fully trained and certified to perform Mohs surgery, a specialized procedure that removes the cancer while leaving only minimal scarring in its wake. Depending upon your case, Dr. Amir can often perform Mohs surgery right in his office with a local anesthetic.
When it comes to skin cancer, peace of mind and early intervention are crucial. Call City Dermatology Skin Institute, or book an appointment online.