Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 500,00 new cases are reported each year and the incidence is rising faster than any other type of cancer.
Anyone can get skin cancer, no matter what your skin type, race, age and regardless of where you live or what you do for a living. However you risk is greater if....
- Your skin is fair and freckles easy
- You have light-colored hair and eyes
- You have a large number of moles, or moles of unusual size and shape
- You have a family history of skin cancer or a personal history of blistering sunburn
- You spend a lot of time working or playing outdoors without sunscreen
- You live or have lived closer to the equator, at a higher altitude, or in any place that has intense year-round sunshine
- You have received therapeutic radiation treatments for adolescent acne
Types of Skin Cancer
Basal Cell Carcinoma -By far this is the most common type of skin cancer. Fortunately, it is also the least dangerous. It tends to grow slowly and rarely spreads beyond its original site. Though basal cell carcinoma is seldom life-threatening, if left untreated it can grow deep beneath the skin and into the underlying tissue and bone, causing serious damage.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma -The next most common form of skin cancer, it frequently appears on the lips, face or ears. I sometimes spreads to distant sites, including lymph nodes and internal organs. Squamous cell carcinoma can become life threatening if it is not diagnosed and treated in its early stages.
Malignant Melanoma - While this is the least common form of skin cancer, its incidence is rapidly increasing. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. If discovered early enough, it can be completely cured. Unfortunately if not treated in its early stages malignant melanoma may spread throughout the body which can often be deadly.
Dr. Singh has extensive experience in the surgical removal of cancerous lesions. He implements techniques that allow the cancer to be removed in a manner that maintains function and offers the most aesthetically pleasing final appearance, a consideration that may be especially important if the cancer is in a highly visible area. Depending on the location and severity of the cancer, the consequences may range from a small but unsightly scar to permanent changes in facial structures. Reconstructive techniques, ranging from a simple scar revision to a complex transfer of tissue flaps from elsewhere on the body can often repair damaged tissues, rebuild body parts and restore most patients to acceptable appearance and function.
If a treatment other than surgical excision is called for, Dr. Singh can refer you to the appropriate specialist.