According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, there are more new cases of skin cancer annually than there are for cancers of the breast, prostate, lung, and colon combined. Since skin cancer can spread to other organs, it’s especially important to detect and treat it in its early stages. Sanjiv K. Saini, MD, at MD Dermatology & Laser Center — with offices in Gambrills, Edgewater, and Lexington Park, Maryland — is board certified in dermatology and is ready to help you.
Yes, there are three main types of skin cancer. They are:
Skin cancers that form on exposed skin are usually caused by exposure to ultraviolet light. However, abnormal cell growth can occur in unexposed areas. In these cases, a weakened immune system or exposure to toxins may be the cause.
Risk factors for developing skin cancer include:
Early stages of skin cancer are often treated by surgery. If your skin cancer is in a more advanced stage, other treatments may be used, such as:
No, not necessarily. The five-year survival rate for skin cancer in the United States — when detected early — is 98%. The rate drops to 62% if the cancer reaches the lymph nodes and to 18% when it spreads to distant organs. Dr. Saini advises patients to do self skin checks at home, and to make an appointment with him if you notice changes in your skin. Call or book an appointment online.