The video above highlights the importance of protecting your skin.
Dr. Irwin offers a range of options for treatment of skin cancer at our Seattle office.
Call (206)215-6600 at our Seattle office if you are concerned about skin cancer or a suspicious mole or growth.
Skin Cancers & Their Treatments
The three most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
- A basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. It rarely, if ever, metastasizes (spreads to other parts of the body); however, if it is not treated, it will continue to grow and damage the surrounding structures. It is thought to be caused by sun and/or radiation exposure. Basal cell carcinomas can look like a scaly patch of skin or a pink, shiny bump.
- A squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. It has a greater chance of spreading to other parts of the body than a basal-cell carcinoma, but this is still uncommon and is most frequently seen in long-neglected tumors. Like basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas are thought to be caused by sun and/or radiation exposure. They can also be caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Squamous cell carcinomas frequently have a non-healing crust.
- Melanoma is a far less common type of skin cancer than basal or squamous cell carcinomas but more serious. They have an increased risk of spreading to other parts of the body and need to be treated with surgical excision of the cancer and rim of normal skin to ensure the tumor is completely removed. Melanomas can look like an atypical mole.
ABC’s of Melanoma
At our dermatology medical practice in Seattle, where we treat skin cancer and perform skin cancer surgery, Dr. Brandith Irwin (board certified dermatologist) provides exams and treatment for skin cancers, including:
- Full body skin exams and risk assessment
- Mole checks
- Skin cancer biopsies
- Treatment for Pre-Skin Cancers (actinic akeratoses)
- Treatment for skin cancer including Mohs Micrographic Surgery
- Regular follow up
- Sun Protection Tips