As the largest organ of the human body, the skin receives a great deal of exposure to various factors that may affect its health. Some conditions, such as skin cancer, are linked directly to sun exposure and can be very serious. Recent data showed that upwards of one in every five Americans develops some type of skin cancer during his or her lifetime. The number of cases is steadily increasing, especially among young women.
The primary factor in the development of skin cancers is UV radiation, which we are exposed to through natural sunlight and, for those who use them, tanning beds. The ongoing exposure to UV leads to mutations within basal cells, squamous cells, and melanocytes. Mutation of DNA leads to skin cancer. It is possible, however, to develop skin cancer in areas not regularly exposed to sunlight. When we are regularly exposed to UV radiation, our skin’s natural immunity is decreased, paving the way for cancers to form anywhere on the body.
One of our goals is to provide our patients with the education that will empower them to better care for their skin. Skin cancer has a high potential for prevention. In order to protect your skin, you need education from experts in the area of skin health. Our dermatologists have received extensive training in the accurate diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers. During routine skin cancer screenings, it is possible for your experienced dermatologist to identify skin cancer on sight, confirming diagnosis with a skin biopsy.
In addition to performing skin cancer screenings, we use this type of visit as a starting point from which patients can begin their ultimate skin care routines. During a professional screening, you gain a great deal of familiarity with your own skin. We discuss with you what to look for, and what types of growths or changes should be immediately evaluated. We provide preventive treatment for areas of sun damage using chemical peels and photodynamic therapy.
Understandably, skin cancer can seem like a very scary condition. However, most skin cancers can be successfully treated when detected early. The physicians of Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. have received in-depth training on the various treatments for skin cancer, including surgical excision and medical treatments. Your skin is in good hands with us.
You can preserve your healthiest, most beautiful skin with help from your dermatologist. Contact us in Centreville or Sterling for a consultation with one of our experienced, board certified dermatologists.
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Last Updated - May 2017
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