Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
Squamous Cell Carcinoma is a more aggressive type of skin cancer than a Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), as it occasionally spreads to lymph nodes
SCC usually has a precursor lesion which is called: Actinic Keratosis. We treat AK’s a few different ways:
- Liquid Nitrogen to the lesions
- Chemotherapy Creams
- Salicylic Chemical Peels
- PDT (Photodynamic Therapy)
If the AK has turned into an SCC, we perform either Mohs surgery or an excision based on the area of the skin cancer.
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
Basal Cell Carcinoma is a slow growing form of skin cancer that needs to be treated, not because it causes death (rare for BCCs) but because they can go down to bone and be damaging over a long period of time.
Usually treated with Mohs surgery by Dr. Nguyen in our office if on face, neck, tops of hands, pretibial (ie shins/lower legs) or in areas of severe sun damaged skin or if the spot is recurrent (previously treated and came back)
BCC’s are also treated with cutting it out (excision) by the provider who initially biopsied the spot or ED&C (electrodessication and curettage) by our PA if indicated.
Some cases can be treated with chemo creams (imiquimod or Efudex)
Melanoma is one of the most aggressive and life threatening types of skin cancers. Melanomas are mostly superficial and can be taken out by surgery as long as it’s treated in the early stages.
Melanomas typically have a precursor to them that can arise from otherwise normal-appearing skin. Some freckles or moles that start to change can be a sign of Melanoma.
ABCDE’s of Dermatology
These are the indicators to look out for if you have a suspicious mole or lesion on the body. If you fall into any of these categories, give our office a call so we can further examine the mole/lesion or perform a full body skin examination.
A: Asymmetry of shape and color
B: Border irregularity including smudgy or ill-defined margin
C: Color variation and Change
D: Different (formerly diameter)
E: Evolving (enlarging, changing)