Skin cancer, which is the abnormal growth of skin cells, most often develops on skin that is exposed to the sun. However, skin cancer can also arise in areas of the skin that is not usually exposed to sunlight. The three major types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. The risk of skin cancer can be reduced by limiting exposure to ultraviolet radiation. You should check your skin for suspicious to help detect skin cancer at its earliest stages. Early detection means the greatest chance for successful skin cancer treatment.
Our dermatologists will look at the skin, carefully examining growths, moles and dry patches, to diagnose skin cancer. If anything looks like skin cancer, Dr. Kraig K. Jenson, Byron Edwards or Dr. Devin Burr may take a biopsy, which is a safe, easy and quick procedure. A biopsy is the removal of skin that is sent to a lab for testing.
If skin cancer is detected, our dermatologists will choose a treatment based on your individual case and needs. There are several types of surgical treatments, whose goal is to remove all of the cancer. If the cancer has not spread, this is often possible. If surgery is not the right choice, non-surgical procedures like chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be used.
We welcome you to contact Dermatology Center today at 801-224-5200 to learn more about treatments for skin cancer in Orem, Utah, and to schedule an appointment.