Dr. Moon and Dr. Limbert are board-certified dermatologists who treat a variety of skin problems. Certain common ailments include acne problems, allergic rashes, eczema, excessive sweating, skin tags and more. Specialized treatments include basal cell carcinoma, shingles, sun damage, skin cancer, melanoma and others.
In particular, skin cancer is the most common condition that we diagnose and treat here in Southeast Missouri.
Skin Cancer Fast Facts
- More than three million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year in the United States and are often a direct result of sun exposure.
- Most cases can be cured with early detection and minimally invasive treatments.
- The most common types of skin cancer are Basal Cell Carcinoma or Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma which are discussed below.
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
This is the most common skin cancer with an estimated 2.8 million cases diagnosed yearly. BCCs often look like open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, or scars. They are usually caused by a combination of cumulative sun exposure. These cancers are mostly found on sun exposed sites like the face, nose, ears, and arms. BCCs almost never spreads\ (metastasizes) beyond the original tumor site. Only in exceedingly rare cases can the cancer spread to other parts of the body and become life-threatening. It shouldn’t be taken lightly, though: it can be disfiguring if not treated promptly.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
SCCs often look like scaly red patches, open sores, elevated growths, or warts; they may crust or bleed. Unlike BCCs, SCCs can spread or metastasize to other areas of the body and cause death if untreated SCCs may occur on all areas of the body including the mucous membranes and genitals, but are most common in areas frequently exposed to the sun, such as the rim of the ear, lower lip, face, balding scalp, neck, hands, arms and legs. An estimated 700,000 cases of SCC are diagnosed each year in the US, and between 3,900 and 8,800 people died from the disease in the US in 2012
These tumors originate in the pigment-producing cells in the Melanomas often resemble moles. The majority of melanomas are black or brown, but they can also be skin-colored, pink, red, purple, blue or white. Melanoma is caused mainly by intense, occasional UV exposure (frequently leading to sunburn), especially in those who are genetically predisposed to the disease. If melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable. If untreated, melanoma skin cancer can spread to other parts of the body and cause death. While Melanoma is not the most common of the skin cancers, it causes the most skin cancer deaths. In 2015 it is estimated that 74,000 new cases were diagnosed and approximately 10,000 people died from the disease.