The vast majority of skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas and squamous cells carcinomas.
More than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed in this country each year.
What Are Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancers?
They usually start in the basal cells or squamous cells, which is how they get their names. These cells are found at the base of the outer layer of the skin.
Most basal and squamous cell cancers develop on sun-exposed areas of the skin, like the face, ear, neck, lips, and the backs of the hands. Depending on the type, they can be fast or slow growing.
Basal and squamous cell skin cancers are malignant and can spread to other parts of the body. While not often fatal, these non-melanoma skin cancers can be extremely destructive and disfiguring if not detected and treated early.
Mid-Atlantic Skin offers two of the most effective skin cancer treatments available:
Dr. Verghese helps patients determine the most appropriate treatment based on various criteria including the type of skin cancer and its location on the body.
Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancers, affecting more than one million Americans every year.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lives. Skin cancers are generally curable if caught early.
However, people who have had skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing a new skin cancer, which is why regular self-examination and doctor visits are imperative.