The skincare specialists at Perham Health will help you keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.
Our services include:
- Acne treatment
- Care for common skin disorders
- Care for damaged skin
- Dry skin care
- Eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis treatment
- Rosacea treatments
- Skin cancer screenings and treatment
- Skin injury and inflammation care
- Mole and cyst removal
There are a variety of skin disorders, all with different symptoms. Talk to your provider about your condition and its location. Get regular skin exams to check for cancer. Since you know your skin best, make sure to perform frequent skin self-exams at home as well.
Skin Cancer Q&A
Skin cancer doesn’t always lead to obvious signs and symptoms. Some of the things of which to be aware, depending on the type of skin cancer, are described below.
The most well-known type of skin precancer, actinic keratosis (AK) leads to dry, scaly patches that tend to form on sun-damaged areas, often beginning in the 40s.
Basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, surfaces as flesh-colored, pearl-like bumps. You may even notice tiny pinkish patches of skin. This type of skin cancer often develops because of years of sun exposure or tanning bed use.
Squamous cell carcinoma often appears as a firm, red bump, or as a scaly patch. You may even find that you have a small sore that heals but keeps opening back up. This type of skin cancer forms on sun-exposed areas, particularly the ears, face, neck, and chest.
Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, usually forms in moles. You may notice a mole changing shape or color or that it has irregular borders. Occasionally, melanoma surfaces as a new dark spot on your skin.
Though ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun and tanning booths is the leading cause of most types of skin cancer, it isn’t the only cause or risk factor. Your chances of developing skin cancer are higher due to:
- Family history of skin cancer
- Fair or light skin tone
- History of sunburns
Even though most moles are fine and nothing to worry about, if you have lots of moles, you may have an increased risk of skin cancer. Because skin cancer can progress and spread if left untreated, it’s important to schedule annual skin checks with your primary care provider and to see your provider any time you notice a new or abnormal growth.
Treating skin cancer depends on your diagnosis and the severity of your condition. Your skin cancer treatment plan may include:
- Mohs surgery (reserved for complex and large skin cancer growths)
- Curettage and electrodesiccation with an electric needle
- Freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery)
- Excisional surgery
If your cancer can’t be entirely removed during surgery or if it has spread, you may need radiation therapy or chemotherapy.