The uncontrolled growth of skin cells, more commonly known as skin cancer, is among the most often diagnosed form of cancer each year. Shereen Timani, M.D. looks for several types of skin cancer. This condition can be further classified into a number of subsets. Regardless of the type, Johns Creek Dermatology can help treat the condition.

Melanoma chart of cancerTypes of Skin Cancer

  • Basal Cell CarcinomaThe most common kind of skin cancer is called basal cell carcinoma. This subset of cancer is slow growing and typically occurs in patients 40 or older. Basal cells are typical cells of the skin that can later become cancerous, commonly on the scalp and other parts of the body often exposed to the sun. Patients with light hair, eye color, and skin color are more likely to develop this form of cancer, as well as those who are overexposed to x-rays. Though basal cell carcinoma can spread to other local tissue, it is not common for it to spread throughout the entire body. A symptom of skin cancers of this type is having a skin lesion that looks waxy or like a pearl; it may also be slightly raised or flat on the skin. As for the color, it may be brown, flesh-colored, light pink or white, and it might also have visible blood cells on or around it. Another sign that one may have cancer is developing a lesion that appears like a scar but doesn’t appear to be related to an injury, as well as developing a sore that does not heal. Any kind of suspicious skin lesion warrants speaking with a doctor. The size, color, border, and absence of symmetry can indicate cancer.
  • Squamous Cell CarcinomaAnother form of skin cancer that develops in the middle layer is known as squamous cell carcinoma. This type is more likely to spread throughout the body and is considered to be far more aggressive than its basal cell counterpart. This is more likely to occur in those 50 or older and can occur in both normal or injured skin.
  • Melanoma: A well-known type of skin cancer. While it is not very common to develop, it is more deadly than its other forms. There are four subsets of melanoma as well, each of which varies depending on where cancer developed, the age of the patient and the type of person that the lesions have affected. Depending on the kind of melanoma involved, the standard option at Johns Creek Dermatology is to have cancer removed surgically using Mohs Surgery. Sometimes, chemotherapy or radiation treatments are necessary.

Each patient is unique; therefore, results may vary.

Dr. Shereen Timani is a board-certified dermatologist who can diagnose and surgically remove skin cancers.  Call Johns Creek Dermatology to schedule a mole check or to discuss an area of concern.  Skin cancer can appear anywhere on the body.  Many individuals miss spots that appear on the backs of their legs, in their scalps, or on their back.  You need a trained professional to do a thorough check-up once a year.

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