A skin cancer diagnosis can be terrifying whether you live in Plano, Texas, or anywhere else. However, the good news is that skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early at a skin cancer check-up.
AT DSA Dermatology, we can remove many types of skin cancer, but how do you know when you need a screening?
How to Know if You Need Skin Cancer Screening
If you experience changes in your skin, it’s a good idea to have them evaluated. These changes can include the following:
- New skin growth
- Other skin concerns
Also, people over 50 should have a full-body skin cancer screening yearly. Equally important, if you have a family history of skin cancer, it’s a good idea to stay on top of your skin cancer check-ups.
Different Types of Skin Cancer
There are several types of skin cancer, and these three are the most common.
Basal cell carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is often found in people with lighter skin, but people with darker skin can also be at risk.
Squamous cell carcinoma
This cancer occurs most commonly in skin areas frequently exposed to the sun. This can include your arms, face, neck, chest, and back. Squamous cell carcinoma can grow deep into the skin, and it usually looks like a scaly patch, a wound that fails to heal, and firm red bumps.
Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer because it’s most likely to spread to other parts of the body. This cancer can form within an existing mole, or it can form in a newly developed mole.
Here are the ABCDE warning signs of melanoma.
- Asymmetrical: Shape that isn’t uniform
- Border: Irregular or not well-defined
- Color: More than one shade or color
- Diameter: Growths of 6mm or larger
- Evolution: Moles that change in size, color, or shape
Skin Cancer Check-Ups in Plano, Texas
Call us today at (972) 362-9567 or contact us online for more information.
Why Choose DSA Dermatology?
At DSA Dermatology, we bring to you the best of not one but three leading dermatologists in Plano TX,
Dr. Achtman is a board-certified Dermatologist with over three decades of experience. Having graduated from the medical school of McMaster University, he also studied at the UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Dermatology. In addition to possessing extensive training and experience in cosmetic enhancement techniques, Dr. Achtman is widely known as a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of various skin cancers. He is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Achtman goes the extra mile to understand your medical concerns and to ensure that he helps you meet your unique aesthetic goals.
Dr. Carmine G. McConnell is a board-certified physician in Plano TX. Having been trained at McMaster University, Canada, she went on to earn her board certification in Texas. Having served as Chief of Staff of her department at Plano Medical Center, she has over two decades of experience in practicing medicine in her practice and while assisting Dr. Achtman in the practice of dermatology. In addition to her extensive postgraduate training in laser therapy and aesthetic surgery, among other procedures, she possesses vast experience in both cosmetic dermatological techniques and family medicine. As a conscientious and caring physician, Dr. McConnell provides her patients with customized non-surgical treatments to help address health and aesthetic concerns related to the skin. She is also keen on helping patients understand their skin and how it can be cared for and protected.
Dr. Jordan Achtman is a board-certified dermatologist in DSA Dermatology at Plano, TX. Dr. J. Achtman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern. His expertise spans general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. J. Achtman also has various special interests including chronic itch, infectious diseases of the skin, and the relationship between mental health and skin health. He is also very keen on helping patients form healthy skincare regimens and habits. In the hands of Dr. J. Achtman, you can be assured of innovative and cutting edge solutions for all your skin concerns.