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Skin cancer is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells inside your epidermis. In the United States, one in five Americans will receive a diagnosis in his or her lifetime. Skin cancer doesn't discriminate and affects people of all races, colors, shapes, and sizes. Skin cancer is significantly addressed by our team of professionals during your appointment at our Southeast Dermatology office. We have two convenient locations for patients near Pasadena, TX, or Houston, TX, and can educate you about the various types of skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Signs and Symptoms
Visit our Southeast Dermatology office immediately if you notice the following. The sooner skin cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat.
- A cluster of scaly red or pink lesions
- Brown or black streaks under fingernails
- Existing moles that suddenly grow, itch, or bleed
- Dark lesions on sensitive areas of the body
Types of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is diagnosed with a biopsy. Below the types of skin cancer are addressed from mild to severe. If you have concerns, our dermatologists can discuss them in-depth, during your consultation.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma - is the most common form of skin cancer. Basal cells produce new skin cells as the old ones die. When damage from UV overexposure occurs, these cancerous lesions can form in the outer layers of the skin.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma - most frequently appears on sun-exposed areas of the skin such as the head, neck, lips, arms, legs, and hands. It's usually not life threatening and develops in the squamous cells that make up the middle and outer layers of your skin.
- Melanoma - although this is the rarest form of skin cancer, it is the most fatal among patients as young as 30. Melanoma can run in families, but it usually occurs when pigment-producing cells develop cancer. Melanoma spreads quickly to other organs if not caught early.
Treatments for Skin Cancer
Skin cancer treatment options at our Southeast Dermatology office will depend on the type, location, depth, and size of the growth. Standard treatment options for mild cases often include medicated creams, cryosurgery, or minimally invasive scraping to eliminate the tumor. Severe cases may require surgical excision, topical chemotherapy, or radiation. Our dermatologists want to help you reduce your risk as much as possible, and can suggest tips for prevention based on your risk and lifestyle factors.
Skin cancer is taken very seriously at our Southeast Dermatology office. You know your body more than anyone, and if you notice a skin abnormality, don't ignore it. To learn more about the types of skin cancer, and other services provided, visit our website. For appointment scheduling, please call our Houston, TX, office at 281-481-0033 or our Pasadena, TX, office at 281-991-5944.
Knowing the early warning signs of skin cancer could just save your life.
No matter whether you are directly at risk for developing skin cancer or not, it’s important that you keep an eye on your moles so that you know right away if they start changing. Our dermatologists in both Pasadena and Southeast Houston want patients to take an active and vested interest in their skin health, for performing regular self-exams every month is one of the best ways to detect skin cancer in its earlies stages. Read on to learn more!
Here’s what to look for when it comes to early signs of skin cancer
It’s time to remember your ABCDEs when it comes to looking out for suspicious moles that could be trying to tell you that something is wrong. In order to catch these issues early on, it’s important that you are performing skin exams on yourself every month.
When we talk about remembering your ABCDEs, we are talking about the criteria you should use to make sure that any moles or growths are fine and healthy. The ABCDEs stand for,
- Asymmetry: A healthy mole will be the same size, shape, and color on both sides.
- Border: Healthy moles have clearly defined and smooth borders.
- Color: A healthy mole should only be a single color; it should never contain multiple colors.
- Diameter: Suspicious moles are often larger than 6mm, or the size of a pencil eraser.
- Evolving: Healthy miles shouldn’t change over the years. They should stay the same in regards to color, shape, or size.
Other warning signs to look out for include,
- A lesion or growth that doesn’t heal
- A mole that bleeds, scabs over or itches
- Swelling or redness around the mole
If you are noticing any changes in your moles, it’s important that you call either our Pasadena or Southeast Houston skin doctors in order to schedule a skin cancer screening as soon as possible. Even if you haven't observed anything too concerning in your skin, it’s still important to turn to a medical professional every year for an evaluation.
Call us today!
When was the last time you had a skin cancer screening? If you’ve never had one or if it’s been over a year, it’s the perfect time to call Southeast Dermatology in Pasadena or Southeast Houston, TX, to schedule your next screening. Phone (281) 991-5944 for Pasadena, or (281) 481-0033 for Southeast Houston
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. It is also one of the easiest to diagnose and treat in the early stages if patients are educated about what to look for. Read below to gain an understanding of how a dermatologist at Southeast Dermatology in Houston and Pasadena, TX, can treat a case of skin cancer and how the skin condition can be avoided in the future.
Skin Cancer Causes and Risk Factors
The most common cause of skin cancer is too much exposure to the sun, which is why patients in sunny locales must be particularly aware of the risks. According to statistics published by the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 90 percent of nonmelanoma cases are caused by UV rays from the sun. Other risk factors include:
- Pale skin that burns, freckles, or reddens easily
- A personal or family history of skin cancer
- Having a lot of moles
- Continued use of skin tanning equipment
Skin Cancer Treatment Options
It’s important to be screened for skin cancer when you have concerning spots or marks on the skin, or if you are at a higher risk for the disease. This allows you to avoid having to undergo more aggressive and invasive treatments. In its early stages, skin cancer can often be treated by having your Houston and Pasadena dermatologist remove the mole or mark that contains cancerous cells through surgical excision. A technologically advanced procedure called Mohs micrographic surgery ensures that all traces of the disease are eliminated. Cryosurgery, which is the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze off abnormal cells, may also be an option. In difficult cases, radiation therapy and other more aggressive treatments may be needed.
Skin Safety Tips
Take precautions to make sure your skin is protected throughout the year. Follow these simple skin safety tips:
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF that’s recommended by your dermatologist
- Cover up the skin as much as possible when in direct sunlight, and use beach umbrellas when enjoying the beach
- Wear large glasses and large-brimmed hats when outdoors
- Time outdoor adventures for before 10 am or after 4 pm
Let a Dermatologist Check Your Skin
The sooner skin cancer is identified and diagnosed, the better the chance for a successful and minimally invasive treatment. Call (281) 481-0033 or (281) 991-5944 today to schedule an appointment at Southeast Dermatology in Houston or Pasadena, TX.
Skin cancer signs may not seem alarming initially. Unfortunately, if you ignore changes in your skin, you may put your health at risk. The dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology regularly diagnose and treat skin cancer in their Houston and Pasadena, TX, offices.
Can I ignore that spot?
Pimples, insect bites, rashes and other minor skin conditions are often, but not always, responsible for spots on your skin. If a new spot doesn't begin to fade after a few weeks, or you notice a change in a mole, it's time to schedule an appointment with your Pasadena or Southeast Houston skin doctor. If you do happen to have skin cancer, you may notice these changes:
- A Never-Ending Pimple: Red, pimple-like bumps can form on your skin if you have squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma. The bumps usually develop on areas of your body that receive regular sun exposure. Most pimples only last about two or three weeks. If your "pimple" hasn't gone away in that time, it may actually be a type of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma can also appear as brown, black or pink bumps on your skin.
- Flaky Skin Patches: Dry skin isn't the only cause of flaky skin. An area of reddened skin that appears flaky or crusty may be a sign of squamous cell cancer.
- Open Sores That Don't Heal: Non-healing sores may occur if you have either squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma.
- Mole Changes: Changes in moles can be a sign of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. If you have melanoma, your mole may change color, bleed, hurt or itch. A round mole may suddenly become irregular in shape, or you may notice that borders of the mole look rough or uneven. Reddened skin or swelling around the mole, texture changes, or a dry, flaky appearance may also be signs that something's not quite right with your mole.
Prompt treatment of skin cancer can help you protect your health. If you notice any of these signs and symptoms, schedule an appointment with the dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology by calling (281) 991-5944 for the Pasadena, TX office or (281) 481-0033 for the Houston, TX office.
Are you prepared to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun this year? Sun exposure not only causes age spots and wrinkles but also increases your risk of developing skin cancer. The dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology in Pasadena and Southeast Houston, TX, share a few tips that will help you enjoy the summer weather safely.
The easiest way to avoid burns and sun damage is to wear clothing that completely covers your arms, legs, abdomen, and back. Many manufacturers offer summer fashions made with fabrics that are lightweight and breathable. Top off your outfit with a hat. Hats shield your face from the sun, prevent burns on the top of your head and reduce your cataract risk.
Slather on the sunscreen
Applying sunscreen to exposed skin is a simple, easy way to reduce your exposure to damaging ultraviolet light on hot days in Pasadena and Southeast Houston. The best products offer protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Be sure to reapply the product throughout the day, especially if you've been sweating or swimming. Consider the sun protection factor (SPF) when you buy sunscreen. SPF 30 sunscreen blocks 93 percent of UVB rays, while SPF 50 blocks 98 percent of the rays, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation.
Make sunscreen use a daily habit. Even if you don't experience burns, your skin can still be damaged by the sun. When you wear sunscreen every day, you'll reduce your skin cancer risk.
Find a shady spot
Although shady areas don't completely block the sun's rays, they do offer important protection. Avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun will help you protect your skin. At the beach, set up your chair under a tree, or buy an umbrella or beach canopy. Going for a walk? Take your stroll on the shady side of the street.
Protect your eyes
Skin cancer can affect your eyelids and your eyes. Wearing sunglasses that provide UVB and UVA protection will lower your risk of skin cancer and cataracts. Buy a few pairs if you tend to misplace your shades.
See your dermatologist
Call us if you develop spots or lumps on your skin that don't go way or notice that a mole has changed color, shape or size or has begun to bleed. If you do have skin cancer, prompt treatment is essential.
Are you worried that you may have skin cancer, or would you like to improve the appearance of your skin? Call the dermatologists at Southeast Dermatology at (281) 991-5944 to schedule an appointment in the Pasadena, TX, office or (281) 481-0033 to make an appointment at the Southeast Houston office.