Hey sun worshipers!!! Having a dermatology exam is as important as ever as skin cancer is on the rise. At PrimaryMD we perform all kinds of physical exams including comprehensive skin exams. We know what to loo for and better yet we teach our patients to look themselves. No one knows their body better then the patient themselves. Read on t learn more about skin cancer.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer according to the American Cancer Society. These are small erosive cancers that often eat away at the skin. They have very little rates of metastases (spread to distant areas) but very high rates of recurrence. That means although doctors cut them out sometimes they come back and in different locations. See PrimaryMD dermatology today.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cll carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. These are also related to sun exposure. They are more prone to spread beneath the skin but not as prone to spread as melanoma. These types of cancers develop from squamous epithelium found in the skin. At PrimaryMd our dermatology services include removal and screening for these cancers.
Melanoma is the scariest of the skin cancers and can be fatal if left untreated. These cancers develop from the pigmented cells of the skin. Early detection is key as survival is related to the stage of cancer when found. Although PrimaryMD does not treat these types of cancer we screen patients regularly. They can develop in hard to see locations such as eyes, genitals and under nails. They can evade detection.
Eczema (often called dermatitis or eczematous dermatitis) is an inflammatory skin condition. Patients with Eczema complain of dry scaling cracking skin. The precise cause of eczema is unknown but has been linked to asthma and allergies. Eczema is typically treated with moisturizers and steroids.
Who doesn’t know acne? But what causes it? Acne occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged. It is common on the face, neck back and cheek. Once pores get clogged they trap oil and the pores become swollen and inflamed. Acne is worst during the adolescent period but there are many treatments available.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease (body attacks itself) that is chronic but treatable. It is typically characterized by plaques that are scaly and on the extension surfaces of the body such as the elbow and knees. Symptoms often worsen with the winter months and get better in the sun. Caring for Psoriasis is among the dermatology services offered at PrimaryMD