Professionals embrace science of healthy skin to prevent, successfully treat many types of cancer
While skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, the subspecialists at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia understand the science of healthy skin for effective prevention, diagnoses, and treatment of different types of skin cancer, as well as cosmetic reconstruction to help you feel and look your best.
Cancers start with cells in the skin that grow uncontrollably. Affecting the lowest part of the outer layer of skin or epidermis, basal cell cancers or carcinomas (BCCs) account for around 8 of every 10 skin cancers. As these constantly-dividing cells work their way to the skin’s surface, they eventually become squamous cells. Accounting for about 2 of 10 skin cancers, squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) are flat cells on the outer layer of the epidermis. About one percent of cancers start in the melanocytes, which make the pigment that gives skin its color. Melanoma is to blame for most skin cancer deaths.
BCCs typically grow slowly in sun-exposed areas such as the head and neck. While they rarely spread, BCCs can metastasize to nearby areas and tissues under the skin. Precision treatment is critical; BCCs have the tendency to return to the same area if they are not removed completely. SCCs also affect sun-exposed skin on the face, ears, neck, and hands, and they can also develop from scars, sores, and scaly pink or flesh colored growths called actinic keratoses. SCCs often grow deeper and spread more than BCCs. Melanoma cancers feature distinctive characteristics, such as jagged edges, mixed colors, mole-like spots, and they may bleed and itch.
These types of cancer are highly preventable with regular screenings and healthy skin care regimens. They are often successfully treated if caught and addressed early. Start your relationship with the professionals at DANV. Call (866) 808-3140 for the Centreville office.
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