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Skin Cancer & Treatment
At Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology, we bring years of expertise and care to your skin’s health—including the treatment of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most prevalent of all cancers. Estimates vary on its occurrence but it is estimated that approximately 700,000 Americans develop skin cancer every year.
The best defense against skin cancer
The principal cause of skin cancer is almost universally accepted by medical experts to be overexposure to sunlight, especially when it results in sunburn and blistering. Other less important factors would include repeated medical and industrial x-ray exposure, scarring from diseases or burns, occupational exposure to such compounds as coal and arsenic, and family history.
Prevention is a matter of guarding the skin against the known causes. Since the sun and its ultraviolet rays would seem to be the main culprit, the most effective preventive method is sun avoidance. Limit the exposure of the skin to harmful rays by covering up and using sunscreens with at least a 15 SPF rating.
Early detection is the surest way to a cure.
How skin cancer is treated
If a laboratory test reveals that an area of the skin is cancerous, the dermatologist has an array of procedures to choose from, dependent on the needs of the individual patient. In the treatment of any of the skin cancers, early detection and removal is the best defense.
Fortunately, skin cancers are relatively easy to detect and most can be cured. Even malignant melanoma, if caught in its early stages, can be treated successfully. Learn more about your skin cancer treatment options by clicking the options below.
Dermatologists recommend that one helpful way to guard against melanoma/skin cancer is to do periodic self-examinations. Get familiar with your skin and your own pattern of moles, freckles and “beauty marks.” Be alert to changes in the number, size and shape and color of pigmented areas. If any changes are noticed, contact Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology today. Schedule a consultation online or call 615.395.6918 (Lebanon) or 615.637.3836 (Hermitage).