According to the National Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by age 70. Dr. Anh P. Dang-Vu of Herndon Dermatology knows that skin cancer can be daunting and can affect all aspects of your life. In Herndon and Falls Church, Virginia, Dr. Dang-Vu and the Herndon Dermatology team help patients to find the right course of treatment and provide empathetic, comprehensive care. Dr. Dang-Vu is a dedicated dermatologist and skin cancer specialist who’s there for you every step of the way. Call or book your personal consultation online.
Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells that most commonly develops on areas of the skin that are more frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face, ears, scalp, chest, arms, and hands.
Skin cancer is the result of mutations in the DNA of skin cells that cause them to grow out of control and eventually cause masses of cancer cells.
Skin cancer can affect people of all ages and all skin tones and can occur in numerous areas of the body.
You can reduce your risk of cancer by limiting your exposure to UV radiation and checking your skin for changes and abnormalities. If you notice any, you should visit the Herndon Dermatology team right away.
Where your skin cancer begins determines the type and the available treatment options. There are three common types of skin cancer.
Basal cell carcinoma typically happens in sun-exposed areas like your face and neck. It can appear as a shiny or pearly bump, or a waxy patch.
Squamous cell carcinoma usually occurs in sun-exposed areas of the body. It can appear as a scaly red patch, open non-healing sore or rough red growth.
Melanoma skin cancer can occur anywhere on your body in normal skin or in a mole that becomes cancerous over time. It often appears on the trunk, face, or lower legs as a large brownish spot with darker speckles, or a mole that bleeds or changes in shape or color.
Melanoma can also present itself in a small lesion with an unusual border and different color patterns, including red, white, blue, or bluish black.
Ultraviolet rays are blamed for many cases of skin cancer.
Being exposed to certain toxic substances, or having a medical condition that weakens your immune system also can contribute to skin cancer.
Other factors that increase your risk are:
Dr. Dang-Vu and the Herndon Dermatology team treat skin cancer with different methods, depending on how far the cancer has progressed.
Skin cancer can be treated at Herndon Dermatology with destruction by electrodessication and curettage (EDC), surgical excision, topical medications or referral for MOH's micrographic surgery.
Herndon Dermatology offers state-of-the-art skin cancer treatments. Call to inquire or book online.