About skin cancer
Skin cancer can impact almost anyone- young or old, male or female. Skin cancer can also develop on almost any area of the body. There are many different types of Charlotte NC Skin Cancer, and they may present differently. The best way to be vigilant against skin cancer is to regularly see your dermatologist.
Types of skin cancer include:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
- Merkel cell carcinoma
- And more
Causes of skin cancer
UV light exposure is a risk factor linked to many, but not all, skin cancers. Use of tanning beds, regular sun exposure, or frequent sunburn all significantly raise the risk of developing Charlotte NC Skin Cancer. This can be magnified in individuals who are light skinned and fair haired.
For some types of cancer, previous injury or damage to the skin (such as a burn or scar) seems to increase the likelihood of developing skin cancer. However, all of the causes of skin cancer are not yet known or understood. It’s best to have a regular screening from your Charlotte dermatologist, even if you don’t think you are at risk.
Symptoms of skin cancer
Because there are many different types of Charlotte NC Skin Cancer, there are a variety of ways in which the disease may present. For some patients, there may be no visible signs or symptoms at all. Other patients may experience some of the following:
- Moles that change, grow, or suddenly appear
- A dome shaped growth on the skin
- Raw looking or scaly skin
- Skin that does not heal after a wound
- A dark spot or line under a fingernail
In addition to visiting your dermatologist regularly, make it a habit to review your skin and note any changes or unusual appearances. Remember that skin cancer can strike anywhere from the top of your scalp to the soles of your feet. Any skin that seems different is worth reviewing with your dermatologist.
How your Charlotte dermatologist will treat skin cancer
Receiving a diagnosis of skin cancer can be incredibly frightening. During this difficult time, you can count on the expertise of Dr. Deborah Nixon and her team of skin care experts at Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte. Dr. Nixon has extensive experience in surgical dermatology, and is well equipped to diagnose, treat, and manage all manners of skin cancer.
Treatment for skin cancer can vary from topical applications to surgery. At Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte, the team will carefully review your case and recommend the best course of treatment. If surgery is needed, it can often be done right on site for a more convenient and comfortable experience.
Skin cancer can be life threatening- don’t wait to address this serious issue. Contact Dr. Deborah Nixon at Dermatology Specialists of Charlotte today.