When it comes to taking care of yourself, there is a good chance you are set in your ways. You likely visit your dentist twice a year, and you probably visit your primary care practitioner for an annual check-up. However, what do you do about your skin? It is important to take particular care to monitor your skin for any changes, especially if you spend a lot of time exposed to the sunlight. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer, but it can also be highly treatable. Learn more during a consultation with Dr. Ingrid E. Trenkel, MD, at either of her locations in Redlands or Sun City, California.
What Is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is a common disease that affects many people. It is an abnormal cell growth, and it manifests itself in many different forms. It can be dangerous, but proactive monitoring can help identify and treat it. It commonly looks like:
- Actinic Keratoses
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
Skin cancer impacts people of all skin tones and types, but most commonly affects people with lighter skin tones. While there are different causes of skin cancer, it is frequently a result of prolonged and unprotected time in the sun.
Melanoma is considered one of the most deadly forms of skin cancer, and it commonly manifests itself as moles. While having a mole does not necessarily mean you have melanoma, it is important to monitor any concerning moles or spots for changes. The ABCDE method is a helpful way to check for:
If you notice any spots of concern on your skin, monitor them closely and seek the help of a dermatologist, like Dr. Trenkle in California, as soon as possible.
What Is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is a treatment option that can safely and effectively remove two of the most common forms of skin cancer. This treatment method can be used for the removal of most instances of basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas.
Mohs surgery can be time consuming and intricate, but it is an effective method for the removal of cancerous cells while leaving healthy tissues untouched with minimal scarring. It is performed by removing cells in stages via layers, and there is typically lab work immediately performed throughout the process. It is most often performed on the ears, eyes, fingers, genitals, lips, nose, and toes.
What Should I Do?
If you are concerned about the health of your skin, it is important you see a dermatologist as soon as possible. A consultation with Dr. Trenkle can help you understand the current condition of your skin and steps you may need to take to best care for yourself.
It is important to closely monitor your skin on your own. While Dr. Trenkle’s professional insight can help with diagnosis, no one knows your skin better than you. It is important to be proactive and mindful of any major changes.
Schedule Your Consultation!
For more information about your skin health, please contact us today at the office of Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD. Schedule your consultation at either of our locations in Redlands or Sun City, California. It is important to be proactive about skin cancer, and we are committed to helping you take care of yourself.