Skin Cancer

Skin cancer stands as the most prevalent form of cancer globally, affecting a significant number of individuals. Alarming statistics from the Skin Cancer Foundation reveal that 1 in 5 Americans will confront some form of skin cancer by the age of 70.

This pervasive condition originates when abnormal cells undergo uncontrolled growth within the skin, often manifesting through changes in moles or the emergence of new growths. The three primary types of skin cancer—melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma—underscore the diverse nature of this health concern.

Recognizing the pivotal role of early detection in treatment effectiveness and optimal outcomes, an annual full-body skin examination by a dermatologist is deemed essential. At Zitelli & Brodland, we dedicate ourselves to education, prevention, and the early detection of skin cancer, placing your well-being at the forefront of our mission.

Zitelli & Brodland is unwavering in our commitment to assisting patients in reaching their lifelong goals. Through the provision of proactive measures, early identification, and state-of-the-art surgical care, our aim is to empower individuals not only to preserve but also to exceed their expectations for skin health. Your well-being, aspirations, and skin health are central to our mission.

Embrace a proactive approach to safeguard the health of your skin by scheduling an appointment with one of our trusted dermatologists today. As global leaders and innovators in skin cancer surgery and reconstruction, Zitelli & Brodland remains steadfast in our dedication to guiding you on a path toward optimal skin health.

Symptoms of Skin Cancer

  • For basal cell carcinoma: usually occurs on sun-exposed areas of the face, neck, and body. Basal cell carcinoma appears as a waxy, whitish, or pink bump, or a flat lesion that may be pink, brown or flesh-toned. 
  • For squamous cell carcinoma: occurs most often on sun-exposed areas such as the face, ears, neck, hands, and body. Squamous cell carcinoma can appear as a solid, red bump or a flat lesion that has a scaly or crusty feel.
  • For melanoma: can appear anywhere on the body, in normal skin or in a mole that then becomes cancerous. Melanoma can have many presentations, so any new or changing spot on the skin should be evaluated.

What Causes Skin Cancer?

  • Skin cancer can occur in anyone, anywhere, but is more likely to occur in people whose work or lifestyle exposes them to direct sunlight on a regular basis, or whose childhood or youth was filled with sun exposure.
  • Though skin cancer occurs less often in people with darker complexions than in those with fair complexions, dark-skinned people are at higher risk for cancer in areas of the body not normally exposed to the sun.

Skin Cancer Prevention

Skin cancer prevention starts by wearing sunscreen daily, even in the winter and on cloudy days, and practicing sun-protective measures such as avoiding excessive sun exposure, seeking shade, and wearing protective clothing. Regularly check your skin for any changes in moles or skin, and promptly consult a dermatology provider if you notice any concerns. These habits form a proactive approach to skin health management and prevention.

Our skin experts are leading the movement in skin health management and prevention by offering an annual Total Body Skin Exam to everyone we treat, aiming to detect skin cancer early and ensure comprehensive skin care.

Skin Cancer FAQs

Early detection is crucial for effective treatment. Perform regular self-skin examinations, checking for changes in moles, new growths, or unusual spots. Additionally, an annual full-body skin examination by a dermatologist is recommended for comprehensive assessment.

Risk factors include excessive sun exposure, a history of sunburns, fair skin, family history of skin cancer, certain genetic conditions, and exposure to certain environmental factors. Understanding these factors can help individuals assess their risk and take preventive measures.

Diagnosis involves a biopsy, where a sample of the suspicious area is removed and examined under a microscope. Dermatologists may also use tools like the ABCDE rule (Asymmetry, Border irregularity, Color variations, Diameter larger than 6mm, Evolution or change) to assess moles.

Sun protection is crucial for preventing skin cancer. This includes using sunscreen with a high SPF, wearing protective clothing, avoiding peak sunlight hours, and seeking shade. Regular skin examinations, both self-checks and professional evaluations, contribute to early detection and prevention.

From Our QualDerm Family of Providers: Skin Cancer Treatment Options

Skin Cancer Treatments

Depending on the type, location and size of the tumor/skin cancer, options for treatment may include, but are not limited to:
  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Excisional surgery
  • Cryotherapy (freezing)
  • Currettage and Electrodessication
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
To properly diagnose and treat skin cancer, it is essential to schedule with your dermatologist. Our certified experts can provide you with the best treatments options for your skin cancer. If you haven’t scheduled a skin check, we highly encourage you to schedule one today.