Skin Cancer in Santa Barbara, CA
Skin Cancer is the most common type of cancer. Over 2 million Americans are diagnosed with with it each year. Skin cancer is highly curable at early detection.
Skin Cancer 101
Skin Cancer affects everyone, and no matter your skin color, you can get it. Some people have a higher chance to develop it and age plays a factor.
Types of skin cancer:
- Basal Cell Carinoma (BCC): BCC is the most common type of skin cancer. It develops on the skin as a dome-shaped growth. Although it rarely spreads, it can grow deep into tissue and bone.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC): The second most common skin cancer type, SCC appears in many shapes on many areas of the skin. Treatment can be difficult if ignored.
- Melanoma: Melanoma is the deadliest of all skin cancer types. It develops normally on skin or as a mole and can change in shape, color, and size. Melanoma also develops under fingernails or toenails (a brown/black streak).
- Actinic Keratoses (AK): AKs are common skin growths and precancerous. If left untreated, an AK can turn into an SCC. Most are dry, scaly, and rough in texture. They are formed from constant sun exposures
Skin Cancer Treatment
Early skin cancer treatment has a high cure rate if noticed and properly treated. Proper treatment begins with the right diagnosis, such as a skin biopsy, which is performed by a dermatologist. When performed, the dermatologist will either remove the entire skin growth or a part of it. The removed area will be sent to a lab for examination. If the diagnosis is skin cancer, the dermatologist will advise the best treatment possible. If caught early and the growth is removed, further treatment may be unnecessary.
In Santa Barbara, CA, the dry environment and the sun affects many people daily. Lux Dermatology takes great pride in fully understanding skin cancer to treat your condition and keep your skin healthy, smooth, and cancer-free. Schedule your appointment today by calling 805.770.8400