What are the different types of skin cancer?

We get a lot of sunshine in California, so it’s important to protect yourself from damaging rays – and that includes the skin on your feet. Getting too much sun can lead to the development of skin cancer. Knowing the signs of skin cancer, as well as the different types that can occur, is vital to getting necessary treatment as soon as possible.

The most common type of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma. This appears as a pinkish patch of skin or flesh-colored, pearly bump.

Actinic keratoses are precancerous dry, scaly patches which can progress into squamous cell carcinoma, which is also fairly common. Typically, this type of skin cancer appears as a red, scaly bump or a recurring sore.

Early diagnoses can stop these types of skin cancer from becoming worse, spreading, and causing damage. Of course, the most important cancer to spot and treat immediately is melanoma. This is the deadliest form of skin cancer and can be identified by remembering your ABCDE’s. If you spot a mole that is Asymmetrical, has an irregular Border, varies in Color, is large in Diameter and Evolves, call us right away. We will get you the prompt treatment you need to keep your feet and the rest of your body safe from harm.

You can reach our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108. If you notice any of these skin cancer signs, don’t delay!

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle