Skin cancer involves the abnormal growth of skin cells and can range from mild to serious conditions that can be life-threatening. At MOD Dermatology, we can help people with all types of skin cancer in Papillion, NE. With the latest techniques and the best tools, we will do everything possible to help remove cancer affecting your skin.
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
The most common types of skin cancers are those that are not melanomas. Non-melanoma skin cancers include squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
This type of skin cancer begins in the squamous cells found in the outer and middle skin layers. Prolonged and unprotected exposure to UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds is the main cause of this cancer.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is another skin cancer caused by sun exposure. It affects the cells in your skin that create new skin cells when older ones die off. Some of the warning signs include:
- Shiny skin-colored lump
- Scaly and flat skin patch
- Black, blue, or brown lesion
- White and waxy lesion
This cancer can develop anywhere on your skin that receives prolonged sun exposure.
The deadliest form of skin cancer is melanoma. This cancer affects the cells in your skin that create pigment — the melanin cells — and can spread to other organs if left untreated. Those more are risk are people with:
- Fair skin
- Red hair
- Family history of melanoma
- Atypical and multiple moles
- Tendency to burn
The best treatment option for melanoma is surgical removal, which MOD Dermatology can often perform on-site in Papillion, NE.