The branch of medical science responsible for the care and treatment of the skin, hair, and nails is dermatology. A dermatologist in general practise is a medically licenced doctor who has been trained to treat skin, hair, and nail diseases and skin cancers. Additional training is also available to many dermatologists, such as Mohs surgery training for skin cancer treatment. At some point in their lives, an estimated one out of five Americans will develop some type of skin cancer.Learn more about us at West Dermatology Encinitas – Encinitas Dermatologist
Fortunately, for most skin cancers, if they are found and treated early, the cure rate is as high as 99 percent. It can move into the lymph nodes and other organs of the body and is potentially fatal if cancer, such as melanoma, is not detected and treated early on. That is why, if you are at high risk for skin cancer, it is important to take your skin seriously and visit a dermatologist on a regular basis. Consider seeing a dermatologist for an initial evaluation if you have never been inspected. Risk factors such as age, sun damage, and previous skin cancers depend on the frequency of future visits. Individuals at high risk of skin cancer should consider visiting a dermatologist at least once a year and more often if any skin changes are observed. There is an increased risk of skin cancer for anyone who has been overexposed to the sun (sunburned), particularly in childhood. Individuals with fair skin, light coloured (blonde or red) hair, blue or green eyes, or a history of skin cancer in the family are also considered to be at greater risk than others. Excessive exposure or exposure to radiation in the tanning salon, immune suppression or organ transplantation, and certain chemicals can also increase the risk of skin cancer for a person.