According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one out of five Americans will become diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime. Skin cancer is perhaps the most common, with an increasing number of cases annually. If you are concerned by an irregularity in your skin, our medical specialists can help determine if the additional action may be necessary.
With several locations, RidgeView Dermatology proudly serves the communities in Roanoke Valley, Central, and Southwest, Virginia. Our medical personnel comprises experienced, understanding, and supportive dermatologists. We strive to work towards your individual needs and keep you informed of any and all concerns regarding your health. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment at the location nearest you.
What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. It occurs when skin cells grow abnormally, often due to either intense exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays or from genetic causes.
There are three major types of skin cancer:
- Basal cell carcinomas (BCC) are pearly bumps that can appear pink or brown in color. They are usually found on parts of your body that are regularly exposed to the sun, like the face and neck.
- Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) are firm, red, and can appear crusty on the surface. This type of cancer is usually found on the face, ears, or hands and is more common on people with darker skin.
- Melanoma can appear as a large brown spot, a mole that has altered in size or color, or a small lesion that is red, blue, blue-black or white. Melanoma can affect people of all skin tones and appear on any part of the body, regardless of whether it regularly is exposed to sunlight.
When should you seek a medical evaluation?
Not all changes in the skin are a result of skin cancer. However, if you notice any changes in your skin that are worrying you, schedule a consultation appointment for our medical professionals to evaluate the condition.
How can I reduce my risk for skin cancer?
By carefully monitoring and limiting your time out in the sun, you are protecting your skin from harsh UV rays that can cause skin cancer. We also recommend that patients check their skin for any unusual changes to catch possible signs of skin cancer at an early stage. The earlier these irregularities are detected, the greater the chance for successful treatment.
If you notice an irregularity in your skin, meet with our medical professionals as soon as possible to ensure if any further action is needed to prevent skin cancer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation appointment at the location nearest you.