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Denver, CO 80209
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By Cherry Creek Dermatology
July 11, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Skin Cancer  

The American Academy of Dermatology states that almost 9500 people receive a skin cancer diagnosis each and every day in the UnitedSkin Cancer States. Sun exposure, including repeated blistering sunburns, remains the biggest risk factor among all age groups. Do you know the different types of skin cancer and their treatments in Denver? Dr. James Maloney, III, in Denver, CO, wants all his patients to be fully informed about this potentially deadly disease, how it's treated and how to reduce your risk for developing it.

Types of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer typically falls into three basic types:

  • Basal cell carcinoma which occurs deep in the epidermis, or outermost layer of skin, is the most common type
  • Squamous cell carcinoma is in the upper layer of the epidermis
  • Melanoma is the most virulent and dangerous, occurring deep in the epidermis

Unfortunately, skin cancer affects people of all ages and skin types. However, fair-skinned, blue-eyed people have a greater risk. Additionally, Melanoma seems to strike young women between the ages of 25 and 29, says the Skin Cancer Foundation, probably because of excessive tanning.

In general, skin cancer happens on areas of the body most exposed to sun--that is, the face, neck, arms and upper torso. Board-certified dermatologists such as Dr. Maloney tell their patients that any flat or raised spot on the skin may be suspect as skin cancer, and he advises evaluating skin lesions using this mnemonic: ABCDE.

  • A stands for asymmetrical. In other words, if you were to halve the lesion, both sides would be unequal in the case of cancer.
  • B means border. A noncancerous lesion has a smooth border with no notches.
  • C stands for color. A benign spot is one color throughout.
  • D equals diameter. Small lesions generally are noncancerous. (<1/4 inch)
  • E means evolving. A change in shape, color, texture or itchiness are warning signs.

Skin cancer treatments in Denver

Biopsies of suspect lesions determine if they are malignant or benign, and if cancerous, what type of cancer they are. Treatments vary depending on the cancer, its location and the health status of the individual.

Treatments may include:

  • Surgical excision or removal of the lesion
  • Cryosurgery, a freezing technique
  • Micrographic surgery, preferable for sizable lesions
  • Prescription creams

The best skin cancer treatments are prevention and vigilance

To reduce your chances of developing skin cancer, the team at Cherry Creek Dermatology recommend:

  • Covering up in the sun--long sleeves, pants and a wide-brimmed hat
  • Wearing sun screen (SPF 15 or more) on exposed areas
  • Staying in the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Inspecting your skin monthly
  • Getting a dermatological exam yearly after the age of 40

Learn more

If you would like a skin exam or are concerned about a spot on your skin, please contact Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver, CO, for an appointment. Call (303) 388-5629.


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