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Skin Cancer

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is a type of cancer that affects the skin cells. It is the most common form of cancer worldwide, with millions of cases reported each year. The main cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or artificial sources such as tanning beds. However, other factors like genetics and a weakened immune system can also contribute to its development.

There are three major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma. BCC and SCC are the most common types and typically appear on sun-exposed areas of the skin, such as the face, neck, and hands. These cancers often manifest as abnormal growths or sores that don’t heal. While they rarely spread to other parts of the body, early detection and treatment are crucial to prevent further complications.

Melanoma, on the other hand, is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It arises from the pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) and has the potential to spread to other organs if not detected and treated in its early stages. Melanoma often presents as an irregularly shaped mole with an asymmetrical border and varying colors. It can occur on any part of the body, including areas that receive minimal sun exposure.

Regular self-examinations of the skin and routine visits to a dermatologist are essential for early detection and treatment. It’s crucial to be aware of any changes in the size, shape, color, or texture of moles, as well as the appearance of new growths or sores. When detected early, the prognosis for skin cancer is generally favorable, with high survival rates.

Prevention is key in reducing the risk of skin cancer. This includes avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun during peak hours, wearing protective clothing, using sunscreen with a high SPF, and avoiding indoor tanning beds. Individuals with fair skin, a history of sunburns, or a family history of skin cancer should be particularly vigilant in protecting their skin.

Skin cancer is a prevalent and potentially dangerous condition that can be largely prevented through sun protection measures and regular skin examinations. Early detection and prompt treatment are crucial for the best outcomes. By staying informed and taking proactive steps to protect our skin, we can significantly reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. It typically appears as a pinkish or pearly bump, often with a rolled edge. BCC rarely spreads to other parts of the body but can cause local tissue damage if left untreated. Regular skin examinations and early intervention are essential for managing BCC.

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Melanoma is a dangerous form of skin cancer that develops in the melanocytes, the cells responsible for producing pigment. It can appear as an irregular mole or dark spot, often with asymmetrical borders and varying colors. Early detection, prompt treatment, and sun protection are crucial in managing this potentially life-threatening condition.

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Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common type of skin cancer. It often manifests as a red, scaly patch or a rapidly growing, firm bump. SCC has the potential to spread to nearby tissues and lymph nodes. Early diagnosis, treatment, and sun protection are crucial in managing SCC and preventing its progression.

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Scott Carey
Scott Carey
September 15, 2022.
Dr Levy is great, first day I saw him he took care of my light skin and told me how to take care of it. Without him I wonder what may have developed. Edit: 9/15/2020- Thanks Dr. Levy for 25 years today! Happy anniversary!
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Peggy Blair
April 12, 2022.
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Shelena Helvey
January 8, 2022.
I have been to theor Burien location several times now for various procedures from a full body check to mole removal. Every staff person has been kind, helpful, courteous, and professional. Their office is clean and they enacted COVID precautions quickly in response to the up tick in cases to help ensure decreased contact with others while still keeping scheduled appointments. This is my new home for all of my dermatology needs!