Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and it can become life-threatening when left undetected or untreated. At Fayette Area Dermatology in Fayetteville, Griffin, and Zebulon, Georgia, James Sandwich, MD, MPH, Laura Bush, DMSc, PA-C, and the experienced team diagnose and remove skin cancer to reduce the risk of complications. Call the Fayette Area Dermatology office to learn more or book an appointment online today.
Skin cancer includes abnormal skin tissues that develop because of sun exposure or genetics. Squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma are common forms of skin cancer.
Melanoma is the most dangerous. Early detection and treatment of skin cancer is the best way to reduce your risk of life-threatening complications.
Common symptoms you may notice because of skin cancer include:
See the Fayette Area Dermatology team at the first sign of new, changing, or usual skin lesions. Your dermatologist can remove moles or other skin growths even if they aren’t cancerous.
Risk factors for developing skin cancer include:
To reduce your chance of developing skin cancer, protect your skin from the sun by using protective clothing or sunscreen. Check your skin regularly and call the experts at Fayette Area Dermatology if you notice a potential problem. Early detection of skin cancer is important.
To diagnose skin cancer, the Fayette Area Dermatology team reviews your lifestyle habits, symptoms, and medical history. They examine suspicious lesions and might take a biopsy (skin sample) for lab analysis to detect or rule out cancer. Your provider may remove an entire lesion before sending it to a lab for analysis.
Prevention and early detection are crucial to reducing the risk of serious forms of skin cancer. Your skin cancer treatment plan could include:
The dermatologists at Fayette Area Dermatology are Mohs surgeons, meaning they’re highly trained in removing cancerous tissues layer by layer and assessing them under a microscope to make sure all of the cancer is eliminated.
If skin cancer has advanced, you might need radiation therapy, chemotherapy, biological therapy, or laser treatment.
At the first sign of skin cancer, call the Fayette Area Dermatology office or schedule an appointment online today.