Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Treatment in Barrington, IL
Skin cancer refers to any growth of cancerous cells on the skin. The most well-known variety of skin cancer is melanoma, but there are many other types. All of these fall in to the larger category of non-melanoma skin cancer. These non-melanoma skin cancers vary in their severity, location, size and cause, among many other factors. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the world.
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Types of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Any cancer that occurs on the skin that is not melanoma is considered a non-melanoma skin cancer. Some of the most common types of non-melanoma skin cancer include:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Cutaneous lymphoma
- Merkel cell carcinoma
- Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans
- Sebaceous gland carcinoma
All of the cancers in the above list originate in the skin. Non-melanoma skin cancer can also refer to cancers that have originated in other parts of the body and spread to the skin. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of non-melanoma skin cancer.
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Causes
The exact cause of a non-melanoma skin cancer varies depending on which type is present. This mostly refers to which skin cells are affected; for example a squamous cell carcinoma is most commonly caused by exposure to UV light.
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Risk Factors
Most forms of skin cancer have a common set of risk factors that increase a person's likelihood of suffering from the disease.
- Excessive sun exposure
- Tanning bed use
- Fair skin color
- Frequent sunburns
- Family history
- Precancerous lesions
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Symptoms
Skin cancer is most commonly identified by a visible growth on the skin. This growth is noticeably different than a typical mole or freckle because it is often new, discolored and irregular around the margins. The exact appearance of a skin cancer growth is different depending on which non-melanoma skin cancer is present.
Possible non-melanoma skin cancer symptoms include:
- Red spots
- Waxy white bumps
- Scaly flesh
- Brown patches
- Red scar or lesion
Non-melanoma skin cancer can occur on any part of the body, but is most common on areas that are frequently sun-exposed. This includes the hands, arms, neck and legs.
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Treatment
Regardless of the non-melanoma skin cancer that is present, treatment typically begins with a biopsy. A biopsy refers to taking a tissue sample from the growth to determine if cancer is present. If the skin growth is determined to be cancerous, further treatment can begin.
This treatment will be different depending on which non-melanoma cancer is present, and how far advanced that cancer is. Common treatments for non-melanoma skin cancer include:
- Surgical removal
- Laser therapy
- Medicated creams
- Radiation therapy
When detected early, simple surgical removal is the most commonly recommended treatment for non-melanoma skin cancers. For more advanced issues, however, radiation therapy may be necessary.
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Dealing with a cancerous growth on the skin is a frightening prospect. With the right treatment, however, many people recover from non-melanoma skin cancer. Request treatment information today: call (847) 393-4057 or contact Dr. David Van Dam online.
Van Dam Dermatology & Laser Center
Address738 W. Northwest Highway
Barrington, IL 60010
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