What Are the Most Common Forms of Skin Cancer?

May 17, 2017

Did you know that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month?  At Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. & Aesthetic Center, we pride ourselves on educating clients on staying safe in the summer (and winter!) sun.  We also offer clients a range of treatments designed to prevent, diagnose, and treat skin cancer.

Skin cancer is one of the fastest-growing cancers in the United States; the stat especially rings true for women under the age of 25, where skin cancer is one of the leading causes of death.  However, not all skin cancer is created equal.  Some types of skin cancer can be chronic, while others can be potentially fatal. Getting regular skin checks is the best way to detect and prevent skin cancer!

Common forms of skin cancer

Take a look at the most common types of skin cancer, and how to spot their warning signs:

  • Melanoma: Melanoma is the most serious skin cancer, as it leads to the most fatalities. Part of the reason why melanoma is so dangerous is because it can quickly spread to other parts of the body.  Melanoma resembles a splotchy brown patch with uneven borders.  Nodular melanoma (which is more dangerous than common melanoma) appears as a brown or red raised spot.  If you spot any of the following on your skin, it’s important to see a dermatologist right away.
  • Basal cell carcinoma: This is the most common type of skin cancer; fortunately, it’s not particularly dangerous. Basal cell skin cancer appears similar to a red mole or sore that doesn’t go away.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma: This type of skin cancer appears as a scaly spot that appears crusty. While not as serious as melanoma, this type of skin cancer can quickly spread if left untreated.

At Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. & Aesthetic Center, our dermatologists can identify, diagnose, and treat the most common types of skin cancer.  To learn more about our skin cancer expertise, schedule a consultation at Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. & Aesthetic Center today.

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