Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world. Although treatable, it’s become a major health concern for many people across the country. If you think you are showing symptoms, contact the experts at Derm.ca Dermatology & Esthetics in Calgary and we can help determine the status of your skin health and if treatment may be necessary.
What Are The Causes?
Spending too much time in the sun, or regularly working around certain chemicals like coal tar, radium and insecticides with inorganic arsenic compounds may impact the chances of contracting a non-melanoma skin cancer.
Who is at Risk?
While virtually anyone can be diagnosed with skin cancer, those with lighter skin tones have greater risk than those with darker tones.
Skin Cancer Treatment
Identifying and treating skin cancer in the early stages is vital to keep it from spreading or becoming life-threatening.
Our dermatologists are proficient in a wide array of skin cancer treatments. We can best determine the appropriate treatment approach for you based on the signs you may be experiencing as well as your medical history.
How Do I Know If I Have Skin Cancer?
All potentially cancerous skin growths must be biopsied in order to confirm a cancer diagnosis. Depending on the suspected skin cancer, the biopsy techniques can vary.
What Are The Treatments?
Standard treatments for localized basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are safe and effective. Small tumors may be surgically excised, removed with the skin scraping and electric current cauterization, frozen with liquid nitrogen, or killed with low-dose radiation.
The treatment you receive will depend on a few factors:
- How deep the melanoma is in your skin
- Whether it has spread to other parts of your body
- Your general health
Derm.ca is a certified Non-Hospital Surgical Facility (NHSF) led by Dr. Ken Alanen. We are recognized experts for the diagnosis, treatment (including Mohs’ Micrographic Surgery) and prevention of skin cancer. If you have experienced an abnormality in your skin and believe it to be skin cancer, schedule your consultation with us as soon as possible.
To read more about skin cancer, please visit our affiliated website www.skincancer.ca