More people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined. Dr. Clement Banda at MD Vein & Skin Specialists in Columbia, Maryland, offers skin cancer checks and treatment for all types of skin cancer. If you have concerns about your skin or a suspicious-looking mole, call the office or schedule an appointment online.
There are several types of skin cancer. But the three most common are melanoma, basal carcinoma, and squamous cell skin cancer.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. Your basal cells are found in the deepest layers of your epidermis. Overexposure to the sun is the most common cause of this type of skin cancer, which tends to grow slowly and doesn’t spread to other parts of the body.
Squamous cells are found on the surface of your epidermis. As with basal cell carcinoma, sun exposure may increase your risk of developing this type of skin cancer, which grows slowly and generally doesn’t spread to other parts of your body.
Melanoma isn’t as common as the carcinomas above, but it’s the most dangerous because it can spread quickly to your other organs and lymph nodes.
Each type of skin cancer has a distinct appearance. Based on the following symptoms, Dr. Banda may recommend a biopsy if your mole or growth looks suspicious.
Various skin growths may indicate basal cell carcinoma. Common symptoms include:
While basal cell carcinoma may present itself in various ways, one telltale sign is that the growth bleeds easily.
Generally, this type of cancer develops a skin lesion that’s sore and appears crusty or scaly with an inflamed red base.
To identify melanoma, you can use the ABCDE method.
The more moles you have, the greater your risk of developing melanoma.
Dr. Banda may treat your skin cancer with surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy, depending on the type of cancer you have. Other treatment options include:
Dr. Banda also offers prescription cream medication that stimulates your body’s own natural healing power to remove the skin cancer.
For screening and treatment of all your skin care concerns, call MD Vein & Specialists or book an appointment using the online booking button.