Skin Cancer

Of all the cancers that humans can get, skin cancer is the most common. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, there are more new cases of skin cancer in the US each year than the combined incidence of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer. Approximately 20 percent of Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime (1 out of 5).
While Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer, Malignant Melanoma is the most deadly, accounting for more than 10,000 deaths per year in the US alone. Actinic Keratosis is the most common pre-cancer.

Skin Cancer Risk Factors

People of all colors and races get skin cancer. Sun exposure and sunburns are the most preventable risk factors for all skin cancers, including Malignant Melanoma.
Other risk factors include:
  • Using indoor tanning devices such as tanning beds and sunlamps
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • Exposure to X-rays
  • Weakened immune system
  • Scarring caused by a disease or burn
  • Exposure to cancer-causing compounds such as arsenic

Types of Skin Cancer and Treatments

The practitioners at Alliant Dermatology treat all types of skin cancer and pre-cancers. Two of the most common and effective treatments for skin cancer include Mohs surgery and electron beam therapy. Explore the links below to learn more.