Skin Cancer Treatment in Sugar Land, TX
Dr. David Stapenhorst of Signature Plastic Surgery wants the communities of Sugar Land, Texas, and Houston, Texas to protect themselves against Skin Cancer. Skin Cancer is the growth of abnormal skin cells that is most often caused by exposure to ultraviolet light, including sunlight. Sunlight is not the only element that causes the skin cells to mutate, however.
Why is Skin Cancer dangerous?
Skin Cancer cells multiply rapidly and form tumors. These cancerous tumors can spread to nearby tissues and, in some cases, to internal organs.
What are the different types of Skin Cancer?
There are three main types of Skin Cancer — basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a lesion that develops in the deepest layer of the epidermis. BCCs appear as open sores, red patches or shiny bumps. BCCs are caused by intense exposure to ultraviolet light, including frequent exposure over a period of time. BCCs can cause disfigurement.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is an abnormal growth in the epidermis, or upper layer, of the skin. SCC often appears as scaly red patches, open sores, elevated growths with depressed centers or warts.
Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Melanoma is recognized by its asymmetrical shape; uneven border; multiple colors, including brown, tan and black; diameter, which is typically larger than a pencil eraser, and changes in size, shape, color or elevation.
How can people protect themselves against Skin Cancer?
Dr. Stapenhorst recommends that people limit their exposure to sunlight and other sources of ultraviolet light. People should protect themselves with sunscreen when they are outdoors. For early detection of Skin Cancer, Dr. Stapenhorst recommends a monthly self-exam, starting at the toes and working up to the head. The more familiar people are with their bodies, the more likely they are to detect any changes to their skin.
How much does Skin Cancer Treatment cost in Houston?
Signature Plastic Surgery works with CareCredit® to provide financing options for patients. Within a few hours, you can be pre-approved for your cosmetic procedure.
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