More than 3.3 million Americans are treated for nonmelanoma skin cancer every year, making it more prevalent than all other cancers combined. Most skin cancers are highly treatable and curable, and catching it early increases your chances of coming out the other side unscathed. This is why you need a good dermatologist as part of your healthcare team. At City Dermatology Skin Institute in Bensalem, PA, Dr. Imran Amir helps his patients in the greater Philadelphia area spot the early signs of cancer and delivers prompt, sometimes life-saving, treatment.
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City Dermatology Skin Institute
Imran Amir, MD
Cosmetic Surgeon & Dermatologist
Skin Cancer Q&A
Basal cell carcinoma
This is by far the most common type of skin cancer, about 8 in 10 cases, which is good news since it’s also the least dangerous. This cancer usually develops on your head and neck.
Squamous cell carcinoma
This cancer usually develops on the sun-exposed areas of your body, such as your head, neck, and hands. It may grow deeper in the layers of your skin and the cancer has a slim chance of spreading to other parts of your body.
This is the most dangerous of the three main types of skin cancer and involves your melanocyte cells, which produce pigment. Melanoma can spread to other parts of your body, making it potentially fatal. If Dr. Amir catches it early enough, however, he can successfully treat the cancer.
- Actinic keratosis (AK), which are small scaly patches on your sun-exposed skin
- Small bumps or nodules that are white or pink
- Sores that don’t heal
- Smooth, waxy patches of skin