More than 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year.It is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, the cure rate for skin cancer is nearly 100% if it is found and treated early. If you notice a new growth on your skin (including moles, cysts and abscesses) or any changes in an existing skin lesion or growth, have it checked as soon as possible.
Three types of Skin CancerBASAL CELL CARCINOMA, the most common type of skin cancer, first appears as a small pink lump or patch. Although most common on sun-exposed areas such as the face and arms, it can also develop in non-sun¬exposed areas. People with light-colored skin and blue eyes are more prone to this cancer. SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA is similar to basal cell carcinoma and found predominantly on sun-exposed light-skinned individuals. Squamous cell carcinoma appears as a pink-red lump or scaly patch. Although it has a slight tendency to spread, it is generally easily treated if detected early. MALIGNANT MELANOMA is the most serious form of skin cancer and can spread throughout the body. When detected early, treatment is successful more than 99% of the time. At Surgical Associates, we use the latest surgical methods and techniques to remove all kinds of skin cancers. To learn more about state-of-the-art skin cancer treatment at Surgical Associates, call 302-674-0600 or visit us online at SurgicalAssociatesPA.com.
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