What Is Cutaneous Oncology
Cutaneous Oncology is simply defined as skin cancer. Skin cancer is abnormal skin cell growth due to exposure to the sun. This form of cancer is extremely common but can also form in spots not directly exposed to the sun. Major types of Cutaneous oncology include:
Basal Cell Carcinoma
“BCC” is short for Basal Cell Carcinoma and is a type of skin cancer beginning in the basal cells. Basal cells are responsible for producing new skin cells when old ones die. This type of cancer usually appears on the neck and face as white, wax-like bumps or darker, scale-like patches. With nearly 3 million cases a year, it’s important to have one of our service providers check out any sign or symptoms that looks abnormal.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
This kind of skin cancer is caused by growth of abnormal squamous cells. This develops in the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis. Also known as SCC, this cancer can appear as red, scale-like spots, sores, or even growths. Over 1 million cases are diagnosed a year, and it is extremely common for people who have had a lot of UV exposure over a long period of time.
This is one of the most serious type of skin cancer. Melanoma occurs when the pigment-producing cells become cancerous. These cells give color to our skin. Symptoms can include new growths, changes in the look of moles, and various forms of unusual skin conditions. More than 200,000 cases occur each year, and this is nothing to mess with. Visit us immediately if you have any of the signs.
We have the capability to treat the vast majority of skin cancers with in-office procedures that do not require hospitalization, or general anesthesia. We utilize a wide array of surgical techniques to maximize outcomes, and have an on-site dermatopathology lab to rapidly ensure complete removal of skin cancers without delay.
Schedule an evaluation today with a dermatologist to address your concerns.