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SKIN CANCER SCREENING
In addition to examining your skin regularly for moles and changes in shape, color or size, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you see your dermatologist annually for a professional screening to help detect cancer in its earliest stages. A pimple-like lesion that won't heal or a scaly, rough patch can all be warning signs of skin cancer.

HOW CAN I PREVENT SKIN CANCER?
  • Avoid peak hours of sunlight (10:00am - 4:00pm)
  • Wear protective clothing (Cover-up with a long sleeved shirt, SPF woven clothing & a wide brimmed hat)
  • Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater
  • Teach children about sun protection
  • Do not patronize tanning salons
  • Examine your skin regularly
  • Schedule an annual skin cancer screening

WHAT CAUSES SKIN CANCER?
The most common cause of skin cancer is excessive exposure to sunlight. Most skin cancers occur on sun-exposed parts of the body, such as the head, neck, arms, and hands. Patients with fair-skin who sunburn easily develop skin cancer more frequently than those who are dark and tan easily. Severe, blistering sunburns during childhood also increases your risk of developing skin cancer, specifically melanoma.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF SKIN CANCER?
Basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, is a slow growing cancer, which typically does not metastasize, but can cause destruction of the skin, bone, and cartilage. Squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common skin cancer, grows more quickly than basal cell carcinoma and may spread to lymph nodes and internal organs. Melanoma is the most aggressive type of skin cancer and may be life-threatening if not detected and treated early. Melanomas often have an irregular shape, ill-defined borders and variable color (brown, blue, red, white, black or a combination of colors).

HOW IS SKIN CANCER TREATED?
Treatment of skin cancer should completely remove the cancer, preserve normal skin, preserve function - and provide an optimal cosmetic result. Treatment options of skin cancer include cryotherapy (freezing), curettage and electrodessication (scraping and burning with an electric needle), excision (surgical removal), radiation therapy, or Mohs surgery. The method of treatment depends on a number of factors including location of the cancer, size of the cancer, and previous therapies.

Yardy Tse, MD is Board Certified by the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Practicing in San Diego for over 23 years, Dr Tse is recognized by physicians and patients alike for her expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. Dr. Tse is also highly regarded for her proficiency in laser surgery and cosmetic medicine.