Medical dermatologist near me in Westlake Village describes squamous cell carcinoma
At the office of Daphne I. Panagotacos, we offer a wide selection of medical and cosmetic dermatology services. One of the most important services we provide is yearly skin cancer screenings. We look for all three types of skin cancer:
- Basal cell
- Squamous cell
Squamous cell is a common type of skin cancer. It is caused by a mutation in the squamous cells which reside in the upper layer of the skin. Cancerous squamous cells are usually a result of years of UV exposure (whether through a tanning bed or sunlight). Other risk factors include smoking, compromised immune system, and HPV.
Cancerous squamous cells can affect almost any part of the body, but are most common on the areas that are exposed to the most UV light like the face, neck, hands, arms, and legs. Squamous cell carcinoma can look different, depending on the person and the area of the body. Common signs include:
- Crusty/bleeding lesions
- Raised growths that seem sunken in the middle
- Open sores
- Scaly, red patches of skin
- Wart-like growths
Anyone can get squamous cell carcinoma, but it is most common in people with fair skin, light hair, and light eyes. Your risk increases if you have had other types of skin cancer.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery is the most successful and conservative way to remove squamous cell carcinoma. Dr. Panagotacos is a highly trained Mohs surgeon.
The precise nature of Mohs surgery allows Dr. Panagotacos to completely rid the area of the cancerous cells, which drastically lowers the chance of recurrence. Mohs helps preserve nearby healthy tissue.
In addition to protecting your skin from the sun and leading a healthy lifestyle, Dr. Panagotacos encourages all his patients to remain diligent about yearly skin cancer screening. By detecting changes early, patients can enjoy the best outcome possible.