Clinical Dermatology

Skin Cancer Detection and Treatment

Skin cancer is the most prevalent of all cancer types and is perhaps the easiest to detect early – via a simple skin check. Explore the methods Redding Derm uses to ensure the health of your skin.

Skin Cancer Detection and Treatment

Skin cancer detection and treatment are usually straightforward for well-trained, experienced, attentive dermatology professionals. Skin cancer detection and treatment are, however, deceptively difficult for those not completely dedicated to this surprisingly complex art. Since 1997, Redding Derm has diagnosed and treated tens of thousands of skin cancers in our offices. This experience helps our team efficiently and effectively screen patients, optimizing skin cancer detection while minimizing ‘false alarms’. 

Redding Derm microscopically examines all biopsy specimens from our clinic. This allows our providers to directly correlate what is happening with the patient to what is seen under the microscope, thus allowing for more careful and informed treatment suggestions. When skin cancer is detected, many options for treatment are typically available. Redding Derm is well-versed in all the latest techniques for management of skin cancer and has helped pioneer breakthrough approaches for skin cancer management that are emulated elsewhere. At Redding Derm, our focus is on curing skin cancer with as little morbidity and cosmetic impact as possible.

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer. - American Academy of Dermatology

Skin cancer detection requires a properly equipped and staffed skin examination suite. Tables, lights, tools, and staff are all essential contributors to effective skin exams. Redding Derm pays special attention to these details. Between our five offices, Redding Derm and Humboldt Derm have over twenty such suites. Optimal detection and treatment of skin cancer is a fine art. It requires a discerning blend of surgical and medical dermatology skills working synergistically towards an outcome that maximizes the likelihood of cure while minimizing the risk of adverse effects from treatment. Every patient is different (as are different tumors on the same patient), so the advantages derived from training, experience, and dedication often lead to real differences in treatment outcomes for patients. Skin cancer care is best when customized based on the specific patient and tumor circumstances.

Skin cancer treatment is evolving rapidly. Redding Derm is actively involved in this evolution and routinely performs skin cancer treatment ranging from simple destruction to topical chemotherapy to excisional surgery. Redding Derm is well equipped to help patients sort through their options, make a well-considered choice, and then receive the selected treatment in an efficient fashion.

Sun Damage Protection

In the eyes of many Westerners, tanned skin has visual appeal. The perception of tanned skin as attractive, however, is a new Western preference. In the Far East, by contrast, sun protection has been continuously in style. Most Asian cultures have consistently viewed sun-protected skin as more visually appealing. Prior to the industrial revolution, sun-protected skin was also preferred in Western society. Over the past few decades, Western medical science has conclusively confirmed that tanning damages skin health and beauty. As a result, Western preferences are once again trending towards a non-tanned skin preference. Dermatologists across the country remain ongoing advocates of this non-tanned skin preference trend.

Sun Damage Protection

It is a simple (and increasingly well known) fact that sun exposure damages skin in a way that makes it less attractive over time - for teens and everyone else. Sagging, wrinkling, sallowness, mottling, dulling, freckling, textural degradation, and increased roughness come about primarily as a result of sun exposure. These changes progress as overall sun exposure increases and are universal among people of all races and ethnicities. Fair-skinned individuals are particularly prone to decreased skin appearance and functional integrity with sun exposure. ‘Barnacles’, pre-cancers, and even skin cancer are all directly and proportionally tied to cumulative sun exposure over the course of one’s life. The risk of developing these growths is higher in fairer skinned individuals as well as persons in certain ethnic groups. Sun exposure also slowly thins both epidermis and dermis. Skin thinning causes more frequent visible bruising as well as increased susceptibility to lacerations, and cuts and tears from minor trauma.

Since sun damage and its negative effects are cumulative, it is essential to develop good sun protection habits early. This protection is a fundamentally important health and beauty issue. Sun avoidance, protective clothing such as long sleeves, neck coverage, hats, and very water resistant, broad spectrum sun screen on all exposed skin surfaces are key factors associated with minimization of cumulative sun damage. Tanning is certainly not a crime and is an activity that some people find enjoyable. Nevertheless, it is important to realize that tanning damages the health and long term attractiveness of skin and therefore is best avoided whenever possible.