Cure your skin cancer with board-certified treatments at Dermatology of Southeastern Ohio
What is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer – and the easiest type to treat, if caught early enough. It begins as cells mutate after DNA damage, leading to a rapid reproduction of cells at a rate too fast for the body to correct. Over time, this rapid growth may cause lesions and tumors to form. It can also spread to other parts of the body, causing significantly more damage.
Skin cancers take many forms. Some appear very similar to other skin conditions, including freckles and benign moles. A skin cancer screening is needed to diagnose skin cancer and distinguish it from other conditions.
Our board-certified dermatologists in Zanesville screen, diagnose, and treat all types of skin cancer. We’ll develop a personalized treatment plan to remove your skin cancer quickly before it has a chance to grow. To get started, contact our Zanesville dermatology office online or by calling (740) 454-7546.
Skin Cancer FAQs
If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer or believe you may have it, you probably have many questions. We’ve answered some of our patients’ most common questions below. For more specific answers, please contact our Zanesville dermatology clinic.
This depends on the type of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinomas don’t typically blanche, but some red dot basal cell carcinomas do. However, there are also other benign skin conditions that may or may not blanche. This is why it’s so important to have a skin cancer screening if you develop a suspicious growth.
While hot water doesn’t cause skin cancer, it can lead to other issues, including eczema flare-ups. Hot water robs the skin of its natural oil, which can dry it out.
We typically recommend patients schedule a skin cancer screening each year to ensure early detection. However, we recommend patients with a higher risk of skin cancer to schedule two or three screenings per year. High-risk factors include:
We also recommend a skin cancer screening if you find unusual moles, spots, or other skin abnormalities. You’ll find pictures of a few forms of skin cancer below for reference. Screenings don’t take long, so they’re worth the peace of mind.
Sun spots (also commonly referred to as age spots) do not indicate skin cancer, nor do they indicate a condition that must be treated. However, if a sun spot changes suddenly, you should have it examined by a dermatologist right away.
Skin cancer doesn’t typically itch in its early stages (although some patients have reported exceptions). As skin cancer grows larger and progresses, it may start to itch. It can also hurt and bleed.
Skin Cancer Photos
Skin cancer takes many forms. We’ve included some of the most common below, but these pictures are not all-encompassing. If you have a skin abnormality and want to know more, please schedule a skin cancer screening at our dermatology office in Zanesville.
Skin Cancer Treatment: Call Now to Schedule Your Appointment
Skin cancer is a serious condition, but it’s fast and easy to treat when diagnosed in its early stages. When left untreated, it can spread across the body and cause more serious conditions. That’s why a quick skin cancer screening is worth the visit.