Skin cancer is a malignancy that forms in the tissues of the skin. At the Knight Dermatology Institute, we specialize in detection and treatment of all skin cancers. Treatment is often surgical (excision), but newer therapies include topical immunotherapy and photodynamic therapy (PDT). Treatment is often very successful, but outcome depends on site, severity, and stage of the cancer.
Prevention is key to avoiding skin cancer. Wearing protective clothing, such as light colored, long sleeved shirts, pants, and hats, as well as the use of broad-spectrum sunscreen helps reduce UV exposure. Avoiding sunburns is extremely important.
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer; about one million of the cases diagnosed annually are BCCs. BCCs are rarely fatal, but can be highly disfiguring.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer. More than 250,000 cases are diagnosed each year, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths.