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Dr. Yolanda C. Holmes can provide accurate diagnosis and treatment for the common types of skin cancer listed below. She has has many years of experience to help you find the best for the treatment of skin cancer. Early detection is important for the early diagnosis of skin cancer, so keep an eye on any moles and schedule regular check-ups . Dr. Yolanda C. Holmes ia a leading expert in mole evaluation, skin cancer evaluation and treatment.
BASAL CELL CARCINOMA (BCC)
BASAL CELL CARCINOMA (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. It develops in areas of sun exposure and may take 20 - 30 years to grow. This tumor of the skin usually appears as a small, fleshy bump or nodule on the head, neck or other part of the body. The tumor does not spread quickly and may take months or even years to reach the diameter of half an inch. This type of skin cancers rarely spread to other organs. The most common ap pearance is an elevated, pearly white colored, irregular shaped and ulcerated lesion. However, they can be pigmented, nodular shaped or appear as an irritated reddish plaque. Although basal cell carcinoma rarely spreads to other parts of the body, it can extend below the skin and Basal Celloutwardly causing considerable damage.
SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA (SCC)
SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA (SCC) is generally related to chronic sun exposure, however, one might see this cancer after burns, radiation damage, damage to the immune system and long standing ulcers or sores. These tumors may appear as bumps or red, scaly patches. Squamous cell carcinoma is typically found on the rim of the ear, the face, the lips and mouth. The tumors can become larger and even can spread to other parts of the body if neglected.
It's estimated that this type of skin cancer will affect 32,000 Americans every year. But, if detected in its early stages, malignant melanoma can almost always be cured. Melanoma may suddenly appear without warning - but may also begin in or near an existing mole or other dark place on the skin. See below for an explanation of the ABCD's of melanoma.
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