Most people have at least one or two odd-looking spots or marks on their skin. These rarely cause any problems. However, some of these marks could be a type of skin cancer. Fortunately, the most common types of skin cancer respond very well to removal. Talk to your Dermatology provider at Twin Ports Dermatology about anything that concerns you.
*individual results may vary.
Three types of skin cancer make up almost all skin cancer diagnoses.
The most common type of skin cancer, it rarely spreads but requires removal. It forms in areas exposed to the sun and usually appears as a painless red mark.
The second most common type, this often looks flaky or warty. It can appear anywhere, but most commonly in sun-exposed areas. It has some risk of spreading and must be removed.
This is a more serious type and can begin as a darkened spot like a mole. This type of cancer can be cured if it is removed before it spreads. If not treated, it can become dangerous. You should always ask your skincare professional to look at any unusual moles.
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) often resemble a red or discolored patch of skin that may be scaly or bumpy. They may form sores that do not heal normally. See your doctor if you notice unusual patches on your skin, especially if you notice them changing.
Melanoma forms from pigmented cells, so it may look like a mole that changes color, has irregular edges, or grows quickly. If you feel any concern about a mole, do not hesitate to have it checked out. A doctor can remove early-stage melanoma and often achieve a complete cure.
Our expert providers here at Twin Ports Dermatology would be happy to meet with you for an in-person consultation. Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.
At Twin Ports Dermatology, we recommend yearly skin cancer screenings. Your skincare expert will examine all marks and moles on your skin, making sure everything looks harmless and normal. We will examine and treat any areas of concern.
Mohs skin cancer surgery often gives the best chance of complete removal. In this treatment, doctors remove and examine thin layers of the cancerous area and the skin around it.
Dermatology Providers can also remove the lesion by cutting it out or by removing it with heat. Both of these methods work well for people with small to moderately sized basal or squamous cell carcinomas.
*individual results may vary
If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation, please fill out the form on this page and one of our knowledgeable medical staff members at Twin Ports Dermatology will reach out to you promptly. You can also call our Duluth, MN office directly to schedule: 218-302-1000.
Twin Ports Dermatology serves the greater Duluth area. We’re the only locally owned private dermatology clinic & medspa in the area.
*Individual results may vary