Skin Cancer Specialist

DermASAP

Dermatology & Plastic Surgery located in Quincy, MA & Plymouth, MA

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, with approximately one in five Americans diagnosed by the age of 70. Not all skin cancer is the same, though, so it’s important to be treated by a professional with decades of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. At DermASAP, with locations in Quincy and Plymouth, Massachusetts, patients from all over the Boston area trust the expert team of doctors to form a customized treatment plan for their skin cancer. You can also visit the office for a free consultation for yourself or your child if you have concerns. To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Skin Cancer Q & A

What is skin cancer?

Like any cancer, uncontrolled cell replication characterizes skin cancer. Its most common cause is excessive exposure to sunlight, and there are several different types of the disease. Here are four of the most common types of skin cancer.

Basal cell carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. It can appear as a rash or like a shiny, red scar. It is easily treatable if it is caught early, but can spread and cause serious damage to nerves and other organs if it is left undiagnosed.

Squamous cell carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) typically appears as a red, bumpy rash or like an open wound. It is most commonly found on the face, neck, or hands.

Melanoma

Melanoma forms in the layer of skin that houses pigmented cells. It typically appears as an unusual mole or a change in the appearance of a mole that you already have.

Nodular melanoma

Nodular melanoma is a type of melanoma that appears raised or dome-shaped and grows quickly. The most common areas for nodular melanomas are your head and neck.

Merkel cell carcinoma

Merkel cell carcinoma is rare and can appear anywhere on your body. It is usually characterized by tender red or pink bumps.

 

Am I at risk of skin cancer?

While anyone can develop skin cancer, you may be particularly susceptible if:

  • You get sunburns
  • You have a family history of skin cancer
  • You’re fair skinned
  • You tan for cosmetic purposes (indoor or outdoor)
  • You spend lots of time outdoors in the sun
  • You develop lots of moles

 

If you have concerns about your susceptibility, your doctor can teach you to perform self-examinations and memorize the warning signs of cancerous blemishes. If you notice any abnormal spots or changes on your skin, you should schedule a follow-up visit at DermASAP.

 

What are my treatment options?

Any cancer diagnosis is daunting, and you may feel in shock or confused. DermASAP offers several treatment options for skin cancer that your surgeron may include in your personalized treatment plan depending on what kind of skin cancer you have. These include:

  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Electrosurgery
  • Radiation
  • Cryosurgery
  • Excision

 

If your skin cancer is successfully removed via surgery or excision, you’ll need to visit your doctor for follow-up appointments, including one to remove the stitches that may have been necessary after surgery. Non-surgical treatments require minimal to no recovery time.

A skin cancer diagnosis is not necessarily a death sentence. Visit DermASAP to work with highly experienced dermatologists to form a personalized treatment plan today. Call to schedule your appointment or book an appointment online.