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Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention in Wilmington and Dover, DE

Protecting against skin cancer and early detection are more important now than they’ve ever been. Replenish Cosmetic is located in Elkton, MD; and Dover, DE; Serving residents of Maryland, Delaware , Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Dr. David Martini is a board certified surgeon and aims to help patients with skin cancer prevention, detection and removal.

Skin Cancer

Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the dominant cause of skin cancer, and it can strike anyone. Over 500,000 new cases are diagnosed annually, making skin cancer one of the most common cancer types. Although the cancer may be located anywhere on the body, roughly 80 percent occur on the neck, head or face, which is not only dangerous but potentially disfiguring.

Who Gets Skin Cancer...and Why

Skin cancer can strike anyone, regardless of their age, race or skin type. However, the risk of developing skin cancer is higher if you:

  • Have fair skin and are prone to freckles
  • Have light eyes and hair
  • Have light eyes and hair
  • Have skin cancer in your family history or a personal history of sunburns resulting in blisters especially if these occured prior to age 18
  • Spend considerable time outdoors
  • Live at a high altitude, near the equator or in any location with strong sunshine year round
  • Had acne treated using radiation therapy

The number one contributor to the development of skin cancer is ultraviolet radiation. Sunlight is the most potent source, but ultraviolet radiation may also come from man-made sources such as tanning beds and sun lamps. Many experts suggest that the rise in popularity of tanning and exercising outdoors are largely to blame for the increase in skin cancer rates seen today.

Types of Skin Cancer

The most common skin cancer is called basal cell carcinoma. This is most commonly found in sun exposed areas such as the face or neck, however it can be found throughout the entire body. This is the least serious variety. It can look like small, smooth, pearly white or waxy bumps with visible blood vessels. Basal cell carcinoma is traditionally slow growing and is localized, but while it’s rarely life threatening, if ignored it may affect deeper structures and become disfiguring.

The second most common skin cancer is called squamous cell carcinoma, which often develops on the face, ears, lips or any sun exposed areas. Can appear as a sore that does not heal. It can look like a firm red nodule or a rough scaly flat lesion that can itch, bleed or become crusty.

Malignant melanoma, while it’s the least common variety, is also the most serious. It can appear as a pigmented patch or bump, usually as an irregular mole. What’s more, malignant melanoma is becoming more widespread every year, particularly in the Sunbelt states. If it’s caught early, the cancer can often be eliminated completely. If not, it can metastasize to other areas of the body and prove fatal.

Other Skin Growths You Should Know About

Actinic keratoses and moles are also common skin growths.

Moles consist of groups of skin cells featuring heavy pigmentation, and they may be raised or flat. Although most are completely harmless, some, especially large moles existing from birth and those with uneven colors or borders, can later become malignant melanomas. Actinic or solar keratoses consist of brown or red rough, scaly areas on the skin. They’re most often seen on parts of the body subject to sun exposure, and they have the potential to become squamous cell carcinomas.

Detecting Skin Cancer

Because skin cancer isn’t always readily apparent, remembering the “ABCDE” system can help you detect any suspicious skin growths early.

  • Asymmetry: One side of the mole is bigger or smaller
  • Border: The growth has an unusual, uneven shape
  • Color: An uneven or mottled pattern that may be tan, blue or black
  • Diameter: The growth gets larger
  • Evolving: Significant changes seen in just a week or month

Any non-healing lesion can potentially be a skin cancer.

Treatment for Skin Cancer

Patients diagnosed with skin cancer can undergo surgery to remove the lesion. In most cases, this can be performed under local anesthesia.

You can rest easy knowing that the skin cancer removal methods used by Dr. Martini are designed with your comfort and safety in mind. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Martini will discuss your particular case and options with you in detail.

Preventing a Recurrence

Once you’ve received treatment for skin cancer, Dr. Martini will schedule regular follow-up appointments so he can monitor your progress. A significant percentage of patients who are diagnosed with skin cancer will develop subsequent lesions. It is extremely important to continue follow up care.

It’s essential to adopt lifestyle changes that help prevent skin cancer, which are also recommended even for people who have never had skin cancer.

  • Avoid spending too much time in the sun, particularly between 10am and 2pm. UV radiation is capable of penetrating clouds and water and can even bounce off of snow and sand.
  • If you are going outside, be sure to wear protection. Sunscreen SPF 30 (and apply as directed) , long sleeves and a sun hat with a brim that protects the ears, neck and face.
  • Apply an SPF 30 with a zinc oxide base (sun protection factor 30) or higher sunscreen to any skin not being covered by your clothing. Reapply it often, particularly after sweating or swimming.
  • Check your skin routinely. If you notice anything that worries you or meets the “ABCDE” criteria, please contact Dr. Martini right away. As well, schedule an annual screening.

How Much Does Skin Cancer Treatment Cost in Wilmington or Dover, DE?

Depending on the type of skin cancer treatment or related procedure that is right for you, the cost will vary. In most cases insurance is applicable to this procedure. Financing options are also available, as well as cash and credit cards.

Dr. David V. Martini, board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology, recognizes that each patient has unique requirements and desires. His services have improved the lives of people from the Wilmington and Dover, DE areas as well as Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Dr. Martini specializes in performing Plastic Surgery, Skin Rejuvenation, Hair Restoration, Skin Cancer Treatment and Nasal/Sinus Conditions. Please call 443-345-4131 today to schedule your initial consultation.