Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. In the United States alone, over one million people are diagnosed with it each year. If you have a history of skin cancer or notice abnormal growths on your skin, board-certified dermatologist Edidiong Kaminska, MD, MBS, provides expert care at Kaminska Dermatology in Lakeview, Chicago. Get started on your skin cancer evaluation and treatment by booking an evaluation through the website. You can also call to schedule over the phone.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body. What makes it unique as compared to other organs is that it’s regularly exposed to outside elements, such as sunlight, which can lead to abnormal cell changes and thus, skin cancer.
You may be at risk of developing skin cancer if you have:
Because skin cancer can spread quickly and even become life-threatening, it’s important to undergo routine skin checks and skin cancer screenings once a year or as recommended.
Skin cancer leads to a variety of signs and symptoms, depending on the type. Some of the most common forms of skin cancer and their signs are described below.
Actinic keratosis is a type of precancerous lesion that can turn into squamous cell skin cancer if left untreated. This type of abnormal growth leads to red or brown spots that can become scaly or rough.
Basal cell carcinoma surfaces as a small raised bump that often smooth and pearly. You might also notice tiny visible blood vessels inside the tumor itself.
Squamous cell carcinoma leads to a well-defined thickened bump. You may find that this bump becomes red or scaly, and it could also change in size, shape, or appearance.
Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, and it typically begins in moles. The acronym “ABCDE” (described below) can help you remember the warning signs of melanoma:
If you notice any abnormal growths or know you have a history of skin cancer, schedule a skin cancer screening at Kaminska Dermatology right away. Dr. Kaminska provides personalized mold mapping services and carefully tracks moles to try to prevent skin cancer and to treat any abnormal issues early on.
Treating skin cancer may include a combination of treatments, depending on your diagnosis and the severity of your condition. Dr. Kaminska could recommend:
Dr. Kaminska can even help you through the process of lymph node removal, radiation, or chemotherapy if your cancer has spread to other areas of your body. She provides compassionate care every step of the way.
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