More people are diagnosed with skin cancer than all other types of cancer combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. Certain types of skin cancers, such as melanoma, are particularly dangerous if not caught early. However, with early detection, it is possible to successfully treat most skin cancers and stop them from spreading. It is important to monitor your skin for any changes and to regularly see your dermatologist for screening.
Risk Factors for skin cancer include:
- Fair skin
- Exposure to UV radiation
- History of sunburns, especially at childhood
- Tanning bed use
- A family history of skin cancer
- Certain types and a large number of moles.
Different types of skin cancer
Three common types of skin cancer include:
- Basal cell carcinoma – Often appear as a raised, smooth, pearly bump. They are usually seen on the head, neck, or shoulder.
- Squamous cell carcinoma – These typically manifest as red, thickening, scaly patches of skin, commonly seen on sun-exposed areas.
- Melanoma – Most of the time, it may appear as a dark lesion that’s changing in shape, size, border, and color.
However, skin cancers do not always present typically and are sometimes hard to distinguish from benign skin growths. If you have any concerning skin lesions, it is important to have it checked by a dermatologist.
If you’re worried that you have a cancerous lump on your skin, Dr. Fakheri may perform a skin biopsy to determine whether or not the growth is cancerous.
If you have any unusual skin growths or would like to schedule your annual skin cancer screening with Dr. Fakheri, please contact us at 818-343-0101 or visit our office located in Tarzana, CA.