Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States today, with as many as one in four residents likely to deal with one or multiple occurrences of squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma in their lifetimes. The causes of skin cancer are mostly attributed to exposure to dangerous UV sunlight, thus why squamous and basal cell carcinoma on the nose, scalp, and hands are so common, but you should be even more vigilant in watching out for skin cancer symptoms if you have a family history of any sort of cancer.
But what are the symptoms of non-melanoma skin cancer? Looking at pictures of skin cancer might help you identify a carcinoma, but on the other hand skin cancer symptoms vary widely from person to person, so you need to get to a Long Beach skin cancer doctor if you even suspect you might be afflicted.
What you should be watching for may include:
These are some of the more common symptoms of non-melanoma skin cancer, but they are not the only signs, so if you look for photos of skin cancer symptoms and don’t see a match above, don’t assume you’re out of the woods. If you’re concerned about skin cancer, get to a Long Beach skin cancer doctor immediately.
Time is your best ally in the treatment of skin cancer. The faster you catch a non-melanoma skin cancer carcinoma, the more likely your doctors can remove it without spread. How that’s done can take many different shapes. Among the more common treatments for non-melanoma skin cancer are standard excisions surgery, laser surgery, cryosurgery, Mohs surgery, and Superficial Radiation Therapy.
Not all skin cancer treatment in Long Beach is going to be a match for your needs depending on varied health factors, but when possible, it’s always best to opt for the least invasive skin cancer treatment possible.
Many Long Beach, California skin cancer doctors turn to Superficial Radiation Therapy because it is a truly noninvasive skin cancer treatment and one that has a 98% cure rate when implemented early on after detection. Superficial Radiation Therapy, or SRT, is performed with a device like the FDA cleared Sensus Healthcare SRT-100, which uses low doses of x-rays to kill off cancer cells on the skin. Ask your doctor id SRT is a good option for you as soon as you have a skin cancer diagnosis.
SRT is very safe, so don’t worry about the word “radiation” there in the name. The x-rays used in SRT are concentrated entirely on the exterior of the skin, with surrounding tissues protected by lead shielding during the procedure. SRT will not damage nearby healthy tissue and it doesn’t lead to longer term complications as radiation for tumors inside the body can. And in fact, SRT is so minimally painful there is usually no need for local anesthetics and each SRT session (of which several are usually needed) is an outpatient procedure with the patient free to return home, to work, or anywhere else after each treatment.
Just as SRT can eliminate non-melanoma cancer cells, so too can it treat the fibroblast cells that lead to an overproduction of collagen that forms a keloid scar. Using SRT after keloid removal surgery in Long Beach leads to a 94% cure rate, with keloids not growing back as they so often stubbornly do following other keloid removal treatments. Talk to your Long Beach CA keloid specialist about trying keloid surgery and Superficial Radiation Therapy for successful keloid removal, especially if you have tried other keloid treatment options in the past.