Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. When diagnosed early, it’s also one of the most treatable cancers. The team at Sierra Pacific Surgical in Roseville, Folsom, and Carmichael, California, is well-known throughout Northern California for their exceptional surgical skill. Their services include surgical excision of malignant melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma. The group’s minimally invasive surgical approaches can eradicate cancerous skin lesions while reducing scarring. Don’t delay treatment for skin cancer. Call the office to schedule an evaluation today or request an appointment online.
Anyone can develop skin cancer, including people with darker skin tones. However, factors that may increase your skin cancer risk include:
You’re also much more likely to develop skin cancer if you’ve had it previously. In that case, the American Cancer Society recommends monthly self-exams and, depending on the type, clinical skin exams every three, six, or 12 months.
Skin cancer starts in the top skin layer (epidermis), spreading deeper over time if left untreated. The three most common types of skin cancer are named after cell types contained in the epidermis:
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common skin cancer. BCC is found mainly in areas regularly exposed to the sun, including the face, head, and neck. It may appear as a waxy bump, a flat scar-like lesion, or a sore that heals and returns.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) also tends to occur on sun-exposed skin, such as the face, head, ears, hands, neck, and mouth. SCC may appear as a firm, red bump or a scaly or crusty skin lesion.
Melanoma can occur anywhere, even under the toenails or fingernails. It may appear as an irregularly shaped skin lesion containing varying shades of brown, black, pink, or red speckles. The lesions are sometimes painful or itchy.
Skin cancer surgery through Sierra Pacific Surgical may occur in-office or at a nearby surgery center. After an evaluation, your surgeon thoroughly discusses the procedure before scheduling your surgery. The team always takes the most minimally invasive, effective approach possible for skin cancer excision.
Otherwise, skin cancer excision and aftercare vary depending on the type and location of the lesion. For instance, your surgeon may close a small excision with sutures to minimize scarring and aid healing. Large excisions may require a skin graft to cover the treatment area.
Schedule an evaluation today by calling one of the Sierra Pacific Surgical offices or requesting an appointment online.