Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Removal for Southern California

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Offices located now in Temecula, Hemet, Menifee, Sun City, Moreno Valley, La Quinta, and Palm Springs, California

What is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is the abnormal, uncontrolled growth of skin cells. The most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma, in this type of cancer the cells in the lowest layer of the epidermis is affected. Squamous cell carcinoma is not as common and affects cells in the middle layer of the epidermis. A rarer and more dangerous skin cancer is melanoma which is the leading cause of death from skin disease.
The risk factors for developing skin cancer include pale skin, family history of melanoma, and regular sun exposure. These cancers vary in shape, color, size and texture. If you see a new, changed or otherwise suspicious growths anywhere on your body, you should be examined immediately by a physician. Early intervention is essential to preventing the cancer from spreading.
Skin Cancer is by far the most common cancer in the world, accounting for 75% of all cancer diagnoses. The incidence of skin cancer is rising, even though most cases could be prevented by limiting the skin's exposure to ultraviolet radiation. Most cases of skin cancer are cured, but the disease is a major health concern because it affects so many people.
Men are 3 times more likely to get skin cancer over women. Many people diagnosed with skin cancer are between ages 45 and 54, although there has been an increase in the different types of skin cancer in younger people. Genetics, Geography, and Race are all factors that increase your chance of contracting the
Early detection and treatment of skin cancer is the only way to a cure. Since skin cancer is always at th top layers of your skin, it is the only type of cancer that is almost always detectable in its early, and therefore more likely to be cured.

Types of Skin Cancer

Skin cancers fall into two major categories: melanoma and nonmelanoma
Melanoma can start in heavily pigmented tissue, such as a mole or birthmark, as well as in normally pigmented skin. It commonly appears first on extremities, chest, or back, although it can occasionally arise on the palm of the hand; on the sole of the foot; under a fingernail or toenail; in the mucus linings of the mouth, vagina, or anus; and even in the eye. Melanoma is a potentially aggressive, life-threatening cancer. It is usually curable if it is treated early, it progresses faster than other types of skin cancer and can spread beyond the skin to affect numerous parts of the body, including the bones or brain. Once this occurs, melanoma becomes very difficult to treat and is incurable.
Nonmelanomas and are rarely life-threatening these include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. They progress slowly, seldom spread beyond the skin, are detected easily, and usually are curable. In addition to the two listed above, there are a few rare nonmelanomas, such as Kaposi's sarcoma, a potentially life-threatening disease characterized by purple growths and associated with a suppressed immune system and almost always seen in patients with AIDS or the elderly.
Actinic Keratoses is a noncancerous skin growth that may become cancerous. These are crusty, reddish lesions that may scratch off, but grow back on sun-exposed skin.

What Happens if you are diagnosed with Melanoma?
Melanoma develops when normal pigment-producing skin cells become abnormal, begin to grow uncontrollably, and start to invade surrounding tissues.
Usually only one melanoma develops at a time and can begin in an existing mole or other skin growth, but can also can start in unmarked skin.

When melanoma is found early, it can often be cured by surgery to remove it. But once melanoma spreads, it is harder to cure.
Here is how the number for a cure breakdown:
  • 98% if cancer is found early and treated before it has spread
  • 62% if the cancer has spread to close-by tissue
  • 15% if the cancer has spread farther away, such as to the liver, brain, or bones.

Early treatment is the key takeaway here! If you see an abnormal growth on your body, Call us to make an appointment for diagnosis an treatment.
The chart on the right shows the ABCDE's of detecting skin cancer:

  • Asymmetry. One half doesn't match the other half
  • Border irregularity. The edges are ragged, notched, or blurred
  • Color. The pigmentation is not uniform. Shades of tan, brown, and black are present. Dashes of red, white, and blue add to the mottled appearance. Changes in color distribution, especially the spread of color from the edge of a mole into the surrounding skin, also are an early sign of melanoma
  • Diameter. The mole or skin growth is larger than 6 mm (0.2 in.), or about the size of a pencil eraser. Any growth of a mole should be of concern
  • Evolution. There is a change in the size, shape, symptoms (such as itching or tenderness), surface (especially bleeding), or color of a mole.
Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists offers many procedures and therapies for the treatment of the different types of skin cancer. Call us and schedule an appointment to have one of our skin care specialists look at your individual situation and develop a plan for the diagnosis & treatment of this condition.

The information above is intended for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
Temecula :(951) 303-6900
31720 Temecula Parkway, Suite 200
Temecula, CA 92592

Menifee/Sun City: (951) 303-6900
26960 Cheerry Hills Blvd, Suite C
Sun City, CA 92586

La Quinta: (760) 564-8200
79430 Highway 111, Suite 102
La Quinta, CA 92253

Hemet: (951) 929-DERM (3376)
1011 E. Devonshire Ave., Suite 203
Hemet, CA 92543

Moreno Valley: (951) 208-7994
24060 Fir Avenue, Unit B
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Palm Springs: (760) 832-6277
El Mirador Medical Plaza at desert Regional
Medical Center Campus
1180 North India Canyon Drive, Suite #E315
Palm Springs, CA 92262