Skin Cancer Treatment
in VILLANOVA & COLLEGEVILLE

More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined! If you are one of the 20% of Americans who are diagnosed with skin cancer, take heart in knowing that it is also the most treatable of all cancers. With early diagnosis and a wide variety of treatment options available, most skin cancers have become “nuisance-cancers;” however, that does not mean that treatment isn’t necessary. The lovers of sun, outdoor activities and tanning booths are particularly prone to developing skin cancer despite the general increase use of SPF and protective clothing.

At Bryn Mawr Dermatology, we offer skin cancer detection and treatment in Villanova and Collegeville from an experienced team of specialists. When you visit our offices to regain your skin health, you can expect attentive care from a knowledgeable and welcoming team who are committed to your wellness.

IS SKIN CANCER DANGEROUS?

For a skin cancer screening in Villanova or Collegeville or to learn more about your options for removal of a cancerous lesion, contact our dermatologists today at 610.525.7800!

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE SKIN CANCER?

There are often highly visible signs of cancerous skin lesions, so keeping an eye on your birthday suit is the first step in early detection. However, confirmation of your condition can only be provided by a skin specialist. If you have suspicious moles or lesions on the face or body, it’s important to be seen by a dermatologist as quickly as possible. Our specialists are devoted to patient education and comfort during the diagnosis and treatment planning process. To help patients understand the common signs of skin cancer, we offer the following easy-to-remember guide.

THE ABC’S OF SKIN CANCER

If the two halves of the mole do not mirror each other, they are asymmetrical. This is an indicator of a cancerous lesion.

Moles whose edges appear to fade or spread into the soft tissue. These blurred or soft edges can be a red flag.

Color that is not uniform throughout the mole. If the color changes from light to dark and appears mottled, it may be malignant.

Diameter is larger than 6mm. This is commonly compared to the size of a pencil eraser.

Evolving size, shape, or color. Changes in these factors are a good sign of a cancerous mole. Benign moles are consistent in their borders and width, while a dangerous mole is a shape-shifter and may present with any of the above irregularities.

MELANOMA, BASAL CELL, AND SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA

The types of skin cancer are differentiated by where they originate. Basal cells can be found deep within the layers of the skin, while squamous cells are located on the surface of the soft tissue, amongst other areas of the body and even around organs. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, affects the cells between the basal and squamous cells, called melanocytes. Melanocytes are the cells of your body that produce melanin, the substance responsible for pigmentation. That is why lesions that change color are highly suspect.

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer and is easily treated, as it’s not likely the cancerous cells in these cases will spread throughout the body.

Squamous cell carcinoma has a minimally higher risk of spreading, especially if the lesion is quite large, but cancer with the most significant risk of wide-spread harm is melanoma.

Melanoma, while rare, is surprisingly deadly. This is because melanoma tends to metastasize quickly, spreading to other vital organs and affecting overall health. Studies have concluded that, compared with stage I melanoma patients treated within 30 days of being biopsied, those treated more than 119 days after biopsy have a 41 percent higher risk of dying from the disease.

Skin Cancer Treatment
IN VILLANOVA & COLLEGEVILLE

For a skin cancer screening in Villanova or Collegeville or to learn more about your options for removal of a cancerous lesion, contact us today.

Get started today by calling our dermatology team at 610.525.7800 or easily book an appointment by clicking the Schedule Now button at the top of the page. We look forward to caring for you!