Cure rate for skin cancer at dermatologist’s office in Newport Beach, CA, depends on many factors

Skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States, starts when cells in the skin begin to grow uncontrollably. There are different types of skin cancers, which affect cells that reside in the top layer of skin, or epidermis.

Basal cell carcinomas affect the lowest part of the epidermis, known as the “basal cell layer.” For every ten skin cancers, about eight are basal cell carcinomas. These cells are constantly dividing and sloughing off at the surface. As they work their way up in through the epidermis, they eventually become squamous cells.

Squamous cell carcinomas make up about two out of ten skin cancer cases. These flat cells are on the outermost layer of the epidermis, and they are constantly making way for new cells.

Melanocytes produce the pigment, melanin, which gives skin its color. Melanoma results from these pigment-making cells. It is much less likely to develop than either squamous cell or basal cell carcinomas. While melanoma accounts for only about one percent of skin cancer cases, it is responsible for the majority of skin cancer deaths.

Basal cell cancers tend to grow slowly in sun-exposed areas, such as the head and neck. While this type of cancer rarely spreads to other parts of the body, if BCCs are not treated, they can affect nearby areas and even hard and soft tissues under the skin. It is important to turn to Dr. Arta Farshidi, a skilled specialist, for treatment of BCCs, because they tend to recur if not removed completely and precisely.

Squamous cell cancers usually occur in sun-exposed areas such as the face, ears, neck, and hands. They can arise from scars or sores. They are also associated with pre-cancerous lesions known as actinic keratosis, which appear as scaly flesh- or pink-colored patches. Squamous cell cancers are more likely to grow deeply and spread than BCCs.

Melanoma cancers are much more likely to grow and spread than either BCCs or SCCs. They have distinct characteristics, such as undefined borders and multiple colors, and they may bleed, itch, or crust over. A melanoma may develop from a mole. In fact, having a number of irregular or big moles is a risk factor.

Skin cancer treatment

Treatment is driven by the type of growth on the skin – non-cancerous or benign, or cancerous and malignant. Should Dr. Farshidi find your area of concern is benign, the growth may still need to be removed. For example, if it is located on your eyelid, the growth may spread in the immediate area, and can affect your appearance and vision.

Treatment for growths that are determined to be malignant depends on the stage of development, how far it has spread into the skin, the type of cancer, its size, the part of the body affected, and your general health.

Some cancers may be removed with a simple procedure; shaving off or excising the lesion. Through partnerships with Mohs-trained surgeons, Arta Dermatology may recommend this precise, progressive removal of complex or prominent BCCs or SCCs. While the Mohs procedure is considered the gold standard to remove these common cancers, it is also an effective alternative to standard excision for some melanomas.

Ultimately, the best skin cancer cure in Newport Beach, CA is prevention. Don’t delay in scheduling a professional skin cancer screening or consultation with Dr. Farshidi. Call (949) 531-7111.

 

Back to Skin Cancer Page