Skin Cancerat Audubon Dermatology in New Orleans, LA

Skin Cancerat Audubon Dermatology in New Orleans, LA

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Exposure to harmful UV sun rays over time causes DNA damage in your skin cells that can lead to skin cancer. Prevention and early detection is essential! If you notice a new or changing mole or lesion, it is very important to have it assessed as soon as possible by a board-certified dermatologist, and to maintain annual skin exam screenings. When in doubt, have it checked out!

It is also very important to self-screen for suspicious moles or lesions on a regular basis. You should familiarize yourself with the pattern of moles, blemishes, and freckles on your skin so that any changes can be easily detected. Download the American Academy of Dermatology’s Body Mole Map to note results of your self-examination.

Dr. Hooper and Dr. Jackson are experts in the identification and treatment of skin cancers. People who spend a lot of time outside, have used tanning beds, or have experienced multiple sunburns before the age of 18 are at increased risk for developing skin cancer. Also at higher risk are those with fair skin, hair, and eyes, and those with family history of skin cancer. 

Types of Skin Cancer

What to Look For: The ABCDE's of MelanomaMelanoma

Melanoma is the most deadly form of skin cancer, especially if it is not caught early. It is important to know that anyone can get melanoma. Melanoma can develop in a mole or on areas of skin where no mole was present. Moles that change or appear abnormal need to be examined by a board-certified dermatologist as soon as possible. 

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinomas are more common on sun-exposed areas of skin, but can occur anywhere on the body. They may appear as a small wound, red patch or growth, an open sore, a scar or a smooth bump, and may occasionally bleed. Unlike a normal wound, basal cell carcinomas will not heal on their own and will slowly grow in size. Basal cell carcinomas have a very high cure rate.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is the 2nd most common form of skin cancer and usually appears as a rough, scaly patch, sometimes reddish in color. It can also present as a rapidly growing nodule. Like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma has a high rate of cure with early detection and surgical excision. If left untreated, squamous cell carcinoma can grow in size and metastasize. In very rare cases, it can be fatal.

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratoses, also known as pre-cancers or “AKs,” are small, rough lesions usually found on sun-exposed areas of skin. They are often easier to feel than to see. If left untreated, AKs can potentially develop into squamous cell carcinoma.

Treatment Options for Skin Cancer and Pre-Cancer

A new, changing or suspicious mole or skin lesion may be removed and biopsied. If skin cancer is diagnosed, Dr. Hooper or Dr. Jackson will discuss the best treatment options available for your diagnosis, and may refer you to a specialist for Mohs surgery.

Dr. Hooper and Dr. Jackson employ a variety of therapies for actinic keratoses treatment. Some of these therapies include topical chemotherapy, cryosurgery, and Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). PDT is a noninvasive, in office procedure that combines topically applied aminolevulinic acid (a photosensitizing agent) and Blue Light exposure to target and treat pre-cancerous lesions.

Deirdre Hooper, MD, and Sarah Jackson, MD, offer technologically advanced comprehensive skin care for men and women in New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, and the nearby communities of Louisiana. Contact us to schedule a skin exam.

 

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