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7001 Hodgson Memorial Drive Suite 5
Savannah, GA 31406
(P) 912-349-7656                       (F) 912-349-7659

SKIN CANCER

 

  Skin Cancer is the most prevalent of all types of cancers. It is estimated that more than one million Americans develop skin cancer every year. The sooner preventative measures are taken, the better the chances to keep it from spreading, and in many cases, curing it.


RECOGNIZING THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SKIN CANCER

  Skin cancer is not reserved just for those who spend weeks in tanning salons. In fact, many types of skin cancers develop as a result of chronic repeated sun exposure. Even those times when you were barely sun burned may have cause significant amounts of skin damage.

  Named to reflect the layer of the dermis and types of skin cells they affect, the carcinomas are easily treatable and rarely advance into a state that is considered life-threatening. Melanoma, however, is one type of skin cancer which should be addressed immediately because if it is allowed to spread, it may lead to serious health complications. Biopsies of skin lesions and examination of the skin samples under a microscope represent the only definitive way to truly diagnose a potentially cancerous portion of the skin.


SKIN CANCER TYPES AND SYMPTOMS

Basal Cell Carcinomas look like raised, smooth, pearly bumps that are often located around the head, neck, or shoulder areas, although they may occur on any part of the body. They often resemble sores, but fail to heal.

Squamous Cell Carcinomas: Resemble red, scaling, thickening patches of skin, often located on sun-exposed areas or areas that are chronically irritated and/or injured.

Melanomas: Melanomas appear as dark, either brown or black, lesions. Be observant of any moles which appear to be changing in size, shape, elevation, or color.

 

SKIN CANCER TREATMENTS

Topical Chemotherapy usually comes in the form of a cream or lotion that is placed directly on the skin one or two times a day for several weeks. For basal cell carcinomas affecting only the top layer of skin, a prescription drug called imiquimod is recommended. For treating more severe basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinoma, a drug called fluorouracil (5-FU) is often used.

Cryosurgery uses liquid nitrogen and produces extremely cold temperatures to destroy abnormal tissue and skin lesions. Cryosurgery is applied directly on the skin lesion and is used to treat cancers such as, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinomas; pre-cancerous lesions, such as actinic keratosis, and a variety of benign lesions, such as seborrheic keratosis (“age spot”) and warts.

Skin Cancer Surgery is the most direct treatment for skin cancer and is effective in the treatment of most skin cancer types. In surgical excisions, physicians remove the skin lesion, through surgical excision, in its entirety. The advantage of this type of procedure at Savannah Skin Pathology, is that margins may be evaluated immediately (intraoperatively), in house, by Dr. Holland by the way of "frozen sections," to ensure that the entire cancer has been removed, prior to sending the patient home. This may help avoid the patient from having to return to the office for another visit, in case the cancer was not completely removed with the first attempt (if the pathology results return stating there are positive margins).

Laser Treatments may be used to treat certain types of skin cancer as an alternative to of cryosurgery. For example, the Fraxel® Laser has been proven to effectively treat pre-cancerous skin lesions, such as actinic keratoses.

 
 
 
Savannah Dermatology serving Savannah, 31406, specializing in Skin Cancer , Dermatology, laser hair removal, rosacea, tattoo removal, skin disease, chemical peels and much more in Savannah, GA.