About Skin Cancer:
Skin cancer is the most prevalent of all types of cancer. More than 90 per cent of all cases of skin cancer are caused by exposure to ultraviolet light. The development of these abnormal skin cells is highly preventable with sun-safe practices such as wearing sunscreen and protective clothing, as well as avoiding prolonged sun exposure and tanning beds. The fact that the skin is the body’s largest organ is what makes skin cancer, especially melanoma, so dangerous: melanomas are the most aggressive form of skin cancer and can lead to death if left unchecked. When skin cells become cancerous, they have the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body.
Types of Skin Cancer:
• Actinic Keratosis (AK), also known as solar keratosis, is a skin condition caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation (i.e. sunlight). Some experts believe that AK is the earliest form of SCC.
• Basal-cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form and accounts for 90% of all skin cancers. It starts in the basal cells at the bottom of the epidermis (outer skin layer) and is caused by long-term exposure to sunlight. It is the most easily treated.
• Squamous-cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type. It starts in the epidermis, eventually penetrating the underlying tissue if not treated. It is easily treated when found early, but in a small percentage of cases, this cancer spreads (metastasizes) to other parts of the body.
• Malignant Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and is responsible for the most deaths. However, it can be cured if it is diagnosed and removed early. Melanoma can develop from a pre-existing mole that appeared normal but changes, or as an irregular appearing new spot.
Each type of skin cancer presents differently and requires medical diagnosis to determine its strain. Unusual lesions, new moles that have appeared, and changes to existing moles are all skin changes to be aware of.
Dr. Paul Kuzel is a recognized expert for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skin cancer and will provide a comprehensive assessment of your skin lesions. Any atypical lesions encountered your skin will be biopsied and sent for analysis. Rejuvenation Laser Dermatology is equipped with cutting-edge diagnostic tools that improve the ease and accuracy with which skin cancer screening is performed and our team will work together to ensure a proper and timely diagnosis, thorough skin evaluation, periodic monitoring, biopsies and surgical excisions when warranted with the best possible cosmetic outcome.
If you are concerned about skin cancer and want to book an appointment with our dermatologist, Dr. Paul Kuzel, please visit your family doctor and request a referral Rejuvenation Laser Dermatology.