Despite greater awareness and education about the dangers of sun damage and overexposure, skin cancer diagnoses have been on the rise in recent years, especially among younger adults. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. As with most types of cancer, prevention and early detection are the keys to successful treatment. The dermatologists at Atlas Dermatology in Baton Rouge and Prairieville, LA, Dr. William Massengale, Dr. Jessica LeBlanc and Dr. Ashley Record, recommend regular skin cancer screenings and taking precautions to lower your risk of developing skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Baton Rouge or Prairieville, LA
There are three types of skin cancer:
- Basal cell
- Squamous cell
Skin cancers typically develop in areas of the body that receive the most exposure to the sun, but they can develop anywhere. Knowing the signs and symptoms of skin cancer is important in order to receive a timely diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with a dermatologist if you notice changes to existing moles, new growths, rashes or scaly patches, or sores that don't heal properly.
The treatment options depend on the severity and type of skin cancer. If a growth or lesion looks suspicious, the dermatologist may remove it and send it to the lab for a biopsy. In some cases, removing the mole or lesion is all that is necessary. Melanoma is the most likely to spread to other parts of the body if left untreated, in which case surgery, medication, radiation, and chemotherapy may be necessary.
Taking common-sense precautions against sun damage and familiarizing yourself with your personal risk factors can help you lower your risk of developing skin cancer.
Find a Dermatologist in Baton Rouge or Prairieville, LA
For more information about skin cancer prevention, warning signs, and treatment options, contact Atlas Dermatology to schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists by calling (225) 313-4560 in Baton Rouge or (225) 313-4560 in Prairieville.