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Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most prevalent of all types of cancers and it’s estimated that more than one million Americans develop skin cancer every year. Physicians detect skin cancer by simply observing new skin growths and changes in appearances, and they recommend follow-up evaluation of any suspicious lesions found.

It’s important to consult a dermatologist about a suspicious skin mole since it may be an early sign of malignant melanoma which is a life-threatening form of skin cancer.

Depending on its appearance and when it developed, a mole can be classified as one of the following types:

Congenital moles

When a mole is present at birth, it is called a congenital mole or congenital nevus. About one percent of peoples have congenital moles and these mole may be at increased risk of turning into sun cancer.

Acquired moles

Account for most moles and usually develop during childhood or early adulthood. These moles are usually smaller than a quarter inch and are thought to be due to excessive sun exposure. Most acquired moles will not develop into skin cancer.

Atypical moles

As known as dysplastic nevi are larger than a pencil eraser and shaped irregularly. These moles are usually uneven in color with a dark brown center. The borders of atypical moles may be irregular with a lighter or reddish color and unevenness or black dots around the edge. These moles tend to run in families and they may be at increased risk of developing into skin cancer.

  • External Beam Irradiation
  • Topical High-Dose-Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy
  • Cancer Survivor Support Group