Types of Skin Cancer:
The rate of skin cancer has been steadily increasing over time, and therefore early detection has become increasingly important. There are three relatively common skin cancer types, all of which can be found on areas of the body where there has been little sun exposure or on areas that have received abundant sun exposure.
BASAL CELL CARCINOMA (BCC)
BCCs are abnormal or uncontrolled growths on your skin that resemble open sores, red patches, shiny bumps or scars.
It can be present in multiple different ways and contains 5 different subtypes.
SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA (SCC)
SCCs is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that look like open sores, elevated growths with a central depression, warts or red scaly patches.
They tend to be less common and are characterized by a lesion or ulcerative area that won't heal.
This type of cancer has increased the most in frequency in recent years. It often has concerns that extend beyond the actual skin lesion itself and is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It often resembles moles appearing black and brown but can really take on any form. Early detection is key and should prompt action of there is concern of skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Treatment
If in fact a surgical procedure is required to remove the skin cancer anywhere on the body, Dr. Robertson applies surgical techniques that he has honed over the years from performing cosmetic facial procedures. “Removing the skin cancer is often the easy part, but the reconstruction and providing an optimal aesthetic result can be the more challenging task”.
Detection and Screening
Dr. Robertson believes that there is a shared responsibility between the patient and the physician when it comes to early detection. Just as self-examination has made a difference in earlier detection of breast cancer, self-examination of the skin may allow you to observe the changes in “old moles”, or the presence of new “lesions”.
Our staff can certainly confirm any suspicions that you have regarding a skin lesion or perhaps provide reassurance. In any case, a tissue biopsy may be required to truly diagnose whether a lesion is cancerous or not. Skin cancer screening is an important part of our practice.
Although Dr. Robertson has performed skin cancer screenings at health fairs and other public venues, the privacy of the exam room often provides a more appropriate setting for the evaluation of the body for a possible skin cancer. Our nurse practitioner, Beth Milazzo, is also able to conduct skin cancer screenings and is able to perform biopsies of supspicious lesions.