Know the Early Signs of Skin Cancer
In the United States, more than 9,000 people are diagnosed with skin cancer daily. Because most forms of skin cancer can be seen as they develop, if you know what to look for, you have a good chance of catching them early. The team of dermatologists at Enhanced Dermatology of Orange County in Tustin can give you an examination for early signs of skin cancer.
Types of Skin Cancer
- Squamous Cell Cancer—this is the most common type of cancer among patients who have had a transplant. It causes red, scaly lesions, most frequently on areas that have been exposed to the sun.
- Melanoma—this is a neoplasm of melanin cells. It causes black or brown lesions with irregular borders and coloration.
- Actinic Keratosis—this precursor to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) causes rough, scaly patches on the skin where it has been exposed to the sun. Up to 1% of this type of lesion can develop into SCC.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma—this causes raised pink bumps that may bleed. This type of skin cancer rarely metastasizes.
Recognizing the Signs of Skin Cancer
Tustin residents should examine their skin regularly for changes in the shape and size of existing moles or new developments of skin growths. If you see anything unusual you should talk to your dermatologist. Signs of skin cancer include:
- Itchy reddish patches of skin that are raised
- Small red or pink bumps with black or brown areas
- Pink raised lumps with a depression in the center and radiating blood vessels
- Rough, crusty red patches
- Open sores that do not heal or heal and recur in the same place
- Changes in the shape, size, color, or surface of a mole
If you would like to find out more about skin cancer treatment, or you are looking for a dermatologist in Tustin, call Enhanced Dermatology of Orange County at (714) 790-0005 to schedule an appointment.