Why Consult a Dermatologist for Skin Cancer Treatment?
If you live in San Diego or another sunny climate, chances are that you’ve had a fair amount of sun exposure over the course of your life. The American Cancer Society reports that skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer, however, with early detection and treatment by a trained dermatologist, the prognosis for recovery is quite good.
If you’re concerned about your risk for skin cancer, you can start getting regular screenings by your dermatologist as part of your health regimen. Experts recommend that you begin screening for skin cancer around the age of 30, although if you’ve had prolonged sun exposure or have used tanning products, you can always start screening yourself at an earlier age.
Once skin cancer is detected, a dermatologist can provide quality treatment for most types of skin cancer. Basal and squamous cell skin cancer are some of the most common forms and usually appears on the areas of the face and body that receive the most exposure to the sun. Dermatologists are trained to provide treatment for these types of cancers and can provide localized targeted therapy. Melanoma is a more dangerous but rarer form of skin cancer that usually presents as discoloration in the skin. Dermatologists can also treat melanoma, although in particularly advanced cases an oncologist may need to be brought in for further treatments.
More than two million cases of skin cancer are reported each year, but luckily many of these cases are fully treated by trained dermatologists who specialize in skin treatment and therapy. Early detection is key to full recovery, so be sure to get your skin screened early and often by a skincare professional.