Your dermatologist in Savannah, GA, can help if you have skin cancer
Spending your time out enjoying the sun can be wonderful, but the sun can also harm your skin. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause your skin cells to change. They can become abnormal, precancerous, or cancerous, all from spending time out in the sun.
Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Fortunately, your dermatologist is an expert at diagnosing and treating skin cancer. Dr. Adam Pritzker at Savannah Dermatology Clinic in Savannah, GA, offers a wide range of dermatology services, including skin cancer treatment, to help you when you need it.
You may be the first person to suspect you have skin cancer. You need to pay attention to the appearance of your skin by doing skin checks regularly. Pay attention to any moles that have:
- An irregular shape
- A diameter greater than 6 millimeters
- Irregular, ragged borders
- Changed in color, size, or height
Also pay attention to moles that are new, or have recurred after they have been removed previously. If you have moles that itch or are painful, they need to be examined too.
If you have suspicious moles or areas of skin, your dermatologist can help. A tissue sample can be taken and biopsied to determine if the tissue is cancerous, and what type of skin cancer it is. After diagnosis, your dermatologist will develop a customized treatment plan, which may include:
- Cryosurgery, which freezes the area using liquid nitrogen
- Curettage and desiccation, which uses implements to scrape the area, followed by electric current to kill cancerous cells
- Mohs micrographic surgery, which removes layers of cancerous tissue one by one, as each layer is examined under a microscope
- Radiation therapy, which kills cancerous cells
- Surgical excision, which removes the cancerous tissue completely
- Medicated topical creams, which improve your body’s own cancer-fighting properties
- Chemotherapy, which is often combined with surgery and radiation for more serious skin cancer cases
You can do a lot to prevent skin cancer, by always applying at least an SPF 15 sunscreen every day, or SPF 30 if you plan on being outside for an extended period. Try to avoid being in direct sunlight between the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM, when UV rays are the most damaging.
To find out more about skin cancer and skin cancer treatments, call Dr. Pritzker of Savannah Dermatology Clinic in Savannah, GA, at (912) 352-8974 now!