Skin cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer worldwide. Thankfully, it is also one of the most treatable, with a five-year survival rate of 99 percent for stage one melanoma. Skin cancer is typically treated with surgery, but other techniques, such as radiation and cryotherapy, can also be addressed to remove the cancerous lesion.
While treatments may vary depending on what is needed for an individual’s cancer, it is agreed that finding treatment quickly is the best solution. If melanoma is not addressed quickly, it may spread. Learn what happens when skin cancer spreads to other organs and what signs you should look out for to seek treatment early.
Symptoms of Early Stage Skin Cancer
While symptoms may vary, common signs of early skin cancer include:
- New skin growths or changes to existing ones
- Asymmetrical growths
- Discolored growths
- Weak or delayed healing of skin lesions or cuts
- Waxy or scaly skin patches
Skin cancer may develop anywhere on the body, including places that don’t receive much sunlight, such as the soles of the feet. A recommended method to ensure proper skin safety, along with protective measures such as wearing sunscreen, is to undergo skin cancer screenings. Taking preventative and vigilant measures can help you receive treatment early.
What Happens When Skin Cancer Spreads?
With time, skin cancer may spread to other tissues. The symptoms you may experience are dictated by which tissue the cancer spreads to. For example, if spread to the lungs, you may experience trouble breathing or a persistent cough. If spread to the brain, you may experience dizziness or headaches. If spread to the liver, you may experience weight loss or develop jaundice, a condition caused by improper liver function.
The spread of skin cancer depends on the type of cancer with some forms being more aggressive and taking just weeks to spread, while others may take years. In any case, prompt treatment is the best course of action regardless of cancer type.
How Jax Beach Dermatology Treats Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is treated based on a variety of factors. Once age, lifestyle, progression of cancer, type of cancer, and other variables are factored in, treatment can vary from person to person, which is why skin cancer treatment requires experienced and knowledgeable doctors.
Dr. Christine Ng and Dr. Jacquelyn Medina at Jacksonville Beach Dermatology are members of the American Academy of Dermatology, meaning they have displayed extensive education and experience in their field. Our team is ready to provide you with the care you deserve.
For skin cancer treatment, schedule an appointment or call the office at 904-247-4300.