Skin Cancer Treatment Options in Nashville
Skin cancer affects everyone and it’s the most common cancer than all the others combined. More than 4 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. Make an appointment to see one of our board-certified dermatologists if you notice a spot or mole on your skin that differs from your other moles, if it changes, itches, or bleeds. Early treatment has a high cure rate.
Some things that we offer for skin cancers are: topical chemo therapy creams, curettage, excisions, MOH’s surgery. For pre-cancer spots we offer: cryotherapy and our Blue Light therapy .
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common skin cancer and may occur at any age with a marked increase in frequency over the age of 30. However, the incidence of BCC in younger patients is becoming more common possibly as a result of increased sun exposure and tanning bed use. It is more common in people with fair skin type. Risk factors include cumulative sun exposure and prior ionizing radiation. BCC is most commonly found on the face, scalp, ears, and neck but not excluded to those.
Nodular BCC is the most common variant and presents as a pearly white or opaque dome-shaped raised lesion with overlying superficial blood vessels. Occasionally, they will become ulcerated in the center and can bleed. BCCs are almost never life threatening. However, they can become enlarged, ulcerate, and invade surrounding tissue if left untreated. There are various other types of BCCs that present a little differently so it is important to have any suspicious skin lesion checked out by a heath care provider.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer, accounting for about 20 percent of all skin cancer cases. Although more aggressive than basal cell carcinoma, this cancer is highly treatable. Squamous cell carcinoma may appear as nodules or red, scaly patches of skin, and may be found on the face, ears, lips, and mouth. Squamous cell carcinoma can spread to other parts of the body. This type of skin cancer is usually found on the head, neck, hands and legs of elderly patients. These skin cancers can develop from a precursor actinic keratosis.
Melanoma is the most dangerous and aggressive form of skin cancer. It accounts for the second most deaths related to a human cancer. It is the most common malignancy in young women ages 25-29 and second most common in women ages 30-35 … and the incidence continues to rise. It is potentially curable with a very early detection and treatment; however, a late diagnosis of melanoma carries a very poor prognosis. Melanoma is variable in presentation; however, the ABCDs are typically a good rule to follow in terms of a suspicious lesion. Early signs include increase in size, shape, or change in color. Risk factors include fair skin, multiple atypical moles, a personal or family history of melanoma, or history of a blistering sunburn. Additionally, studies have shown that people who use tanning beds have approximately 4x higher chance of developing melanoma. Thus, it is very important to always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen and receive an annual skin cancer screening.
A – Asymmetry (one half of the lesion doesn't match the other half)
B – Borders (irregular shaped)
C – Color (varying colors or very dark in color)
D – Diameter (> 6 mm)