There are many treatments for skin cancer. DCSD will select a treatment after considering the following:
Type of skin cancer.
Where the skin cancer appears on the body.
Whether the skin cancer is aggressive.
Stage of the cancer (how deeply the skin cancer has grown and whether it has spread).
Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. If you have skin cancer, it is important to know which type you have because it affects your treatment options and your prognosis.
How do dermatologists diagnose skin cancer?
To diagnose skin cancer, a dermatologist looks at the skin. A dermatologist will carefully examine growths, moles, and dry patches.
To get a better look, a dermatologist may use a device called a dermoscope. The device shines light on the skin. It magnifies the skin. This helps us see pigment and structures in the skin. If something is found that looks like skin cancer, it will be removed it (or part of it). The removed skin will be sent to a lab. This is called a biopsy. Skin cancer cannot be diagnosed without a biopsy.
A biopsy is quick, safe, and easy for a dermatologist to perform. A biopsy should not cause anxiety. The discomfort and risks are minimal.
Regular screenings are a great way to catch skin cancer early. Removal of any cancerous cells are the best way to avoid the spreading of the disease. Along with regular screenings, always wear sunscreen when outdoors.