Diagnosing Skin Cancer
The first step to treating skin cancer is to correctly diagnose your condition. If you are a patient in the 85749, 85750, 85718 zip codes, Dr. Senait Dyson may be a good choice. She is a board certified dermatologist and dermatopathologists who performs skin biopsies and diagnose skin cancers on a daily basis. In her lab, she will identify the exact type of skin cancer or other skin condition you suffer from. If skin cancer is found, Dr. Dyson will explain to you what it is and how it will be treated.
Different Types of Skin Cancer
The three predominant types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, all vary in levels of severity.
Basal cell carcinomas, the most common type of skin cancers, originate in the deepest layer of the epidermis and typically occur on sun-exposed areas of the skin, especially the face. This type of skin cancer rarely metastasizes (spreads to other parts of the body) or causes death.
Squamous cell carcinomas originate in the middle layer of the skin and metastasize more often than basal cell carcinomas, although the metastasis rate is still rather low.
Melanoma occurs much less frequently; however, this is the most likely type to metastasize and is aggressive – it needs to be treated immediately to stop its spread.
Patients in Arizona need to be especially aware of changes in their skin that may indicate skin cancer, as exposure to sun year-round increases the risk of skin cancer and continuously generates new brown spots. It is important to see Dr. Dyson at regular intervals to have your skin and moles monitored for early signs of cancer, especially melanoma. In the case of skin cancer, early detection and treatment is vital to a full recovery.