Keeping an Eye Out For Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer according to the American Cancer Society. If you are diagnosed with cancer, Dr. Tamela Tripp in Phoenix, AZ, can tell you type you have and supply you with the necessary treatment options.

Types of Skin Cancer:

Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells and often develops on the parts of the skin most exposed to the sun’s rays. Skin cancer affects people of all colors and races, but people with light skin and who sunburn easily have a higher risk.

  • Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer: Both of these cancers are usually found in areas exposed to the sun, like your head, neck, and arms, as well as other areas. Although common, basal and squamous cell skin cancer are treatable. While light skinned individuals are most likely to develop Squamous Cell Skin Cancer, darker-skinned people can too.
  • Merkel Cell Skin Cancer: If you have Merkel cell carcinoma, you need to know what to expect and can help you cope. This cancer usually appears on your face, head or neck as a flesh-colored or bluish-red nodule.
  • Melanoma Skin Cancer: Melanoma develops in a mole or appears as a new dark spot on your skin. It doesn’t develop as commonly as other types of cancers, Melanoma is more likely to grow and spread, and one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer.
  • Lymphoma of the Skin: Rare lymphomas that start in the skin are called skin lymphomas (or cutaneous lymphomas). The main types are Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Lymphoma starts in the immune system’s cells.

Preventative Measures and Screening:

Keeping an eye out for peculiar growths and discoloration on your skin. In addition to seeing your doctor for a screening, self-screening is important. Following the ABCDE rule may help:

  1. Asymmetry. One half doesn’t match the appearance of the other half
  2. Border irregularity. The edges are ragged or blurred
  3. Color. The pigmentation is disproportional
  4. Diameter. Mole is greater than 6 mm
  5. Evolution. There are visible changes to the size, shape, symptoms, surface, or color of the mole

For more information about skin cancer and to speak to Dr. Tamela Tripp in regards to any worries you may have, call the North Mountain Dermatology in Phoenix, AZ.