What is Skin Cancer?
Although several rare forms of skin cancer exist, the three most common skin cancer types are basal cell (most common) and squamous cell carcinoma (second most common) which originate from skin cells. Though less common, the more dangerous form of skin cancer is melanoma which originates from the pigment-producing skin cells.
The most common risk factors for skin cancer include ultraviolet light exposure from the sun or from tanning beds. Fair-skinned individuals, with hazel or blue eyes, and people with blond or red hair are particularly vulnerable.
Skin cancer, much like any form of cancer, may require surgery to remove the cancerous a growth. Depending on the size, type and location of the lesion, there are many ways to remove skin cancer. Once you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, you are at a higher risk to develop another skin cancer. Skin cancer may reoccur.
As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Cotter has extensive and specific training in diagnosing and treating skin cancer. If you would like to learn more about your options for minimizing the appearance of scars on the face or body, contact us to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Cotter.