Dermatologist located in Northwest Indiana, Munster, Dyer, and Valparaiso, IN
Dr. Soleymani has years of experience in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. Anyone in the Chicago Metropolitan area who is concerned about an abnormal looking mole or growth on the skin, should make an appointment at Dermio Dermatology for screening. The practice has two convenient locations in Munster, Dyer, Valparaiso, and DeMotte, IN.
Skin Cancer Q&A
Are There Different Kinds of Skin Cancer?
There are three major types of skin cancer, and they affect different layers of the skin. They are named for the different types of skin cells that become cancerous.
- Basal cell skin cancer occurs in the basal cell layer of the skin and is the most common type of skin cancer in people with fair skin. It commonly occurs on areas of the skin that have been exposed to the sun, such as the face. It rarely spreads to other parts of the body.
- Squamous cell carcinoma occurs in the squamous cells, and is the most common type of skin cancer in people with dark skin, who typically get it in places, such as the legs or feet, that have not been exposed to the sun. In people with fair skin, it usually occurs in sun-exposed areas such as on the face, head, ears and neck. Squamous cell skin cancer can spread to other parts of the body.
- Melanoma is the most aggressive type of cancer, and the most likely to spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma occurs in the melanocyte (pigment) cells of the skin, and can form on any part of the body, regardless of past sun exposure.
What Kinds of Treatments Are Available?
The first step in treating skin cancer is usually removing the abnormal cells. This is typically an outpatient procedure. In some procedures, the surrounding skin, or margins will be removed as well to try to ensure that any extended strands of abnormal cells are also removed. There is a surgery technique called Mohs, where the abnormal growth is removed gradually and the excisions are each reviewed under a microscope to evaluate the appearance of abnormal cells. This procedure tends to take longer due to the close inspection of each cut, but is very effective at removing the growth without taking away healthy skin cells. Some forms of skin cancer respond to radiation or cryotherapy, where the cells are frozen and removed. There are also some topical medications and chemotherapies designed for skin cancer. If a patient is concerned about a strange mole or growth on their skin, he or she should definitely as their doctor to look at it for further advice.
What Causes Skin Cancer to Develop?
Skin cells die and are replaced every day. Skin cancer occurs when this regeneration does not work properly. Most skin cancer is caused by exposure to and damage from the sun. It could be long term exposure or an intense burn. The ultraviolet rays (UVA, UVB, and UVC) in sunlight penetrate the skin, causing it to age and for abnormal cells to develop. UVB rays are responsible for sunburn and are the main cause of melanoma. People with fair skin and light hair and eyes are at a higher risk because the have less melanin which helps to protect them from the UV rays. People who have a family history of skin cancer or who have had it before are more likely to have abnormal growths again.
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Words from our patients
"I had a great experience with the doctor and his office staff. He took a good deal of time to investigate my condition thoroughly."
"My daughter has very dry skin and every time she came home from swimming class, her skin would have dry patches and red dots. Dr Dave took care of it."