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Arizona has the highest skin cancer rates in the nation and the second highest rates in the world. Skin Cancer is the most common form of cancer in the world, resulting in one death per hour. Early detection and treatment is the most effective way to cure melanoma and other forms of skin cancer so be sure to stay on top of skin cancer signs.
Arrowhead Health Centers’ innovative Skin Cancer Screening Clinic specializes in skin cancer diagnosis, treatment, support, and education. Our unique clinic offers the convenience of an office visit with a provider who specializes in skin cancer screening. We use state-of-the-art equipment to examine and monitor suspicious moles and lesions.
Symptoms vary and often include a growth or lump on skin.
Most common types:
– Basal cell cancer: This cancer typically appears as a white waxy lump or a brown asymmetrical patch on parts of the body most often exposed to the sun, such as the face and neck.
– Melanoma: Melanomas can occur anywhere on the body as a new, unusual growth or a change in an existing mole.
– Squamous cell skin carcinoma: Squamous cell carcinoma can appear as a lump, ulcer, or scaly patch on the skin.
Stage I – Stage I skin cancer has cells that have grown beyond the surface of the skin, but have not yet spread to lymph nodes or other body parts. The common feature of stage one is the tumor is 2 cm across, with only one, or no, of the following high risk features:
– Growth into the lower dermis
– Has a thickness of more than 2mm
– Abnormal microscopic appearance, lacking differentiation
– Tumor began on the lip or ear
– Cancer growth seen in the perineural area (the space around a nerve)
Stage II – As the cancer develops, it may surpass the 2 cm measurement seen in stage I. This is the primary characteristic of Stage II skin cancer, with the other being the cancerous lesion having two or more high risk features. It has not yet spread to the lymph nodes or other structures.
Stage III – As the cancer progresses, in this 3rd stage, it has reached local structures. It has either grown into the bones of the face, such as the cheek bones or jaw, OR has spread to nearby lymph nodes. Growth has not yet spread to distant organs.
Stage IV – Cancerous cells have now metastasized to different organs in the body. The cancer may have spread to the lungs, colon, brain, liver, distant lymph nodes, or other areas of the skin. This is the final skin cancer stage. Once the cells have metastasized they are likely to continue spreading.
Q: Are moles cancerous?
A: Very few moles become cancerous. However atypical moles can develop into melanoma over time. Normal moles are symmetrical in appearance, so if you have any moles that are asymmetrical, it is best to have them looked at.
Q: How is skin cancer tested?
A: After an evaluation of the skin, if the doctor determines a growth or mole may be cancerous, a biopsy of the skin is performed, removing all or some of the suspected area.
Q: Is Skin Cancer Deadly?
A: Malignant Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. However, if detected early, it is highly curable. If not treated early, the cancer can spread to other parts of the body and is often fatal.
Q: How Do You Get Skin Cancer?
A: Skin Cancer is most often caused by overexposure to the sun. Risk increases with the more episodes of sunburn the patient had as a child.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Adults should get a skin check every 12 months, regardless of age or skin type. For peace of mind, book a head-to-toe skin examination today. The team at Arrowhead Health Centers is here for you. We look forward to providing helpful and friendly care.
If you have a mole or mark that is causing concern, schedule an appointment for a skin cancer screening. We will give you a thorough and comfortable examination that will have you on your way in a convenient manner. Call 623-334-4000 to speak with a helpful and friendly representative or click on the link below to schedule an appointment.