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How your dermatologists in Anderson, SC, can help treat your skin cancer
There are many types of skin cancer, each with a different level of seriousness. While melanoma is one of the more serious types of skin cancer, it is indeed treatable if it is coupled with early detection and early treatment.
With several convenient office locations in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, SC, the dermatologists here at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic offer a full range of cosmetic and medical dermatology treatments including melanoma treatment. Read on to learn more about their life-saving treatments!
More about melanoma treatments
The first step in dealing with skin cancer is prevention. Always put on a sunscreen of at least SPF 15, and SPF 30 or higher if you spend a lot of time outside. In addition to sunscreen, you should do a self-check of your skin regularly and look for moles or discolorations that have:
- A change in color
- A change in size or height
- An irregular, asymmetrical shape
- Irregular, poorly-defined borders
- A diameter larger than 6 millimeters
You should also pay attention to any moles, discolorations, or abnormalities that are painful, itchy, or bleeding. If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, seek out the services of your dermatologist for a comprehensive skin examination, and skin biopsy (a type of screening that determines which kind of skin cancer you have). If you are diagnosed with melanoma, it’s vital that you begin treatment immediately.
Some of the most common treatments for melanoma and other skin cancers include:
- Surgical excision to remove the cancerous tissue
- Radiation therapy to kill cancerous cells
- Chemotherapy used in combination with surgery and radiation to eliminate cancerous tissue
- Mohs micrographic surgery to remove skin cancer layer-by-layer
- Medicated creams to boost your body’s ability to fight skin cancer
Give us a call!
To find out more about treatment for melanoma and other skin cancers, call the dermatologists at Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic, with offices in Anderson, Seneca, and Abbeville, South Carolina. Call today!
It’s important to be able to spot the warning signs of skin cancer.
From the office of Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Mark Quarterman and Dr. Luke O’Steen located in Anderson, Seneca and Abbeville, South Carolina. Here is what to look for when it comes to skin cancer and when you should come into our office for a consultation.
Know Your ABCDEs
The ABCDE method is one of the best methods that you could follow for determining whether or not a mole requires further medical attention. While this method tends to refer to skin changes associated with melanoma, remember that there are other types of skin cancer, as well.
Asymmetry: In a healthy mole, you should be able to draw an imaginary line down the middle and see that both sides are mirror images in terms of size, shape and color. If one side has an uneven or ragged border, then it is time for the mole to be examined.
Border: A healthy mole will have a clearly defined border that is even and smooth. If you notice that the mole’s border is poorly defined or is jagged or oddly shaped, then it is worth investigating further.
Color: Moles come in many different shades of brown; however, a healthy mole should only be a single color. If you notice multiple shades or colors in a mole, this could be a sign of skin cancer.
Diameter: While not always the case, most healthy moles are usually less than the size of a pencil eraser. Melanoma is often larger than 6mm; however, early-stage melanoma can be smaller.
Evolving: It is important that you examine your skin regularly so that you are able to spot changes to your moles. Healthy moles do not change much over the years, it is the ones that do change that need a closer examination from a medical professional. If you notice any growths that itch, crust over or bleed, then you need to make an appointment.
Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic offers clinics in Anderson, Seneca and Abbeville, South Carolina. Regardless of whether you are noticing changes to a mole or you just want to schedule a routine skin cancer screening, don’t hesitate to call our office today. For Anderson, call (864) 224-7577; Seneca, (864) 882-7747; or Abbeville, (800) 922-SKIN.