Skin cancer occurs in three main forms: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Basal Cell Carcinoma is a skin cancer that develops in the basal layer of the skin—deeper than the surface layer. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of cancer worldwide. It is associated with chronic sun exposure. Basal cell carcinoma seldom spreads to other parts of the
Squamous cell carcinoma: Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common cancer of the skin. Squamous cell carcinoma arises in the outer layer of the skin (the epithelium). Middle-aged and elderly persons, especially those with fair complexions and frequent sun exposure, are most likely to develop SCC
Melanoma is also curable when detected early, but it can be fatal if it is not detected at an early stage. Melanoma is a cancer of the pigment-producing cells in the skin, known as melanocytes. Melanoma occurs when melanocytes transform into cancer cells that multiply and invade other tissues.
- The overall incidence of melanoma is rising at an alarming rate.
- In 2005, one in 62 Americans
havea lifetime risk of developing invasive melanoma, a 2000% increase from 1930. When non-invasive melanoma is included, one in 34 Americans havea lifetime risk of developing melanoma.
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Preventing Skin Cancer
- The American Academy of Dermatology urges everyone to examine their skin regularly. If there are any changes in the size, color, shape or texture of a mole, the development of a new mole, or any other unusual changes in the skin, see your dermatologist immediately.
- Excessive exposure to ultraviolet sunlight is the most preventable cause of melanoma. Melanoma has also been linked to excessive sun exposure in the first 10 to 18 years of life.
- Not all melanomas are
sun related– other possible causes include genetic factors and immune system deficiencies. Melanoma can strike anyone. Caucasians are ten times more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma than other races.
Meet Our Providers
Our providers continue to maintain the highest levels of accreditation and progressive ongoing education to learn and understand the latest developments in medical dermatology. Each provider's education and bio can be viewed below.
Melanie Kuechle, MD
Dr. Kuechle is a native of Texas and a graduate of Baylor University College of Medicine. She completed her dermatology residency at...
Dr. Craig Birkby
Dr. Birkby is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology and has performed over 15,000 Mohs surgeries...