Dr. Achtman, Dr. McConnell, and their caring staff at DSA Dermatology are committed to helping you achieve and maintain optimal skin health. The greatest risk to that health is skin cancer, an unfortunately common, and potentially deadly, disease. It is caused by DNA damage within skin cells, which trigger mutations. The defective cells multiply rapidly, forming malignant tumors.
The good news is that cancerous lesions can be removed, and rarely recur. Although the success rate varies depending on the type and location of cancer, early detection is the key to effective treatment with minimal scarring. The even better news is that many skin cancers can be prevented with sun protection and good skin care.
Types of cancers
The three most common types of skin cancer are:
- Basal cell carcinoma – Extremely common and slow growing
- Squamous cell carcinoma – Also very common, and more aggressive than basal cell carcinoma
- Malignant melanoma – The most dangerous and aggressive form of skin cancer
Basking in the sunshine is something of an American pastime. However, it can be a deadly one without proper protection. UV rays, which are produced by tanning beds as well as natural sunlight, damage your skin cells. Tanned skin is sometimes incorrectly associated with a healthy appearance. In reality, the darkening of skin is a sign of sun damage, which can lead to premature aging, pigmentation problems, cancer and more.
The most important things you can do to prevent skin cancer are wear protective clothing, use broad-spectrum zinc/titanium containing sunscreen; which we have carefully chosen for our patients and is available in our office, and never use a tanning salon.
There are several techniques for removing skin cancer, including incision, curettage and excision, or in some cases an anti-cancer cream (Aldara/Zyclara) may be used. The best choice depends on several factors, such as the type of cancer and its growth rate. If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, it is important to see a skilled and knowledgeable professional for treatment. Dr. Achtman is a skin cancer expert, with extensive experience successfully treating this condition.
We understand how frightening a cancer diagnosis can be. The physicians and staff members at our practice will always treat you with kindness, dignity, and respect. Our patients are more than just patients – they are friends, whom we care deeply about. You will receive support, advice, and the compassion of caring friends, along with top-quality medical treatment.
If you have concerns about skin cancer, please call our office at (972) 362-9567
and schedule a consultation.