At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, we are dedicated to assisting patients in the Centreville area with their skin care concerns. While skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, there are still effective ways to help prevent it.
Cancers start with cells in the skin that grow uncontrollably. Affecting the lowest part of the outer layer of skin or epidermis, basal cell cancers or carcinomas (BCCs) account for around 8 of every 10 skin cancers. As these constantly-dividing cells work their way to the skin’s surface, they eventually become squamous cells. Accounting for about 2 of 10 skin cancers, squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) are flat cells on the outer layer of the epidermis. About one percent of cancers start in the melanocytes, which make the pigment that gives skin its color. Melanomais to blame for most skin cancer deaths.
BCCs typically grow slowly in sun-exposed areas such as the head and neck. While they rarely spread, BCCs can metastasize to nearby areas and tissues under the skin. Precision treatment is critical; BCCs have the tendency to return to the same area if they are not removed completely. SCCs also affect sun-exposed skin on the face, ears, neck, and hands, and they can also develop from scars, sores, and scaly pink or flesh colored growths called actinic keratoses. SCCs often grow deeper and spread more than BCCs. Melanomacancers feature distinctive characteristics, such as jagged edges, mixed colors, mole-like spots, and they may bleed and itch.
If you are interested in learning more about the services and treatments we offer, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia Centreville. We assist patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art facility. We provide medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions to men and women at both our Centreville and Sterling locations. Our Centreville location can be reached at (703) 222-2773 and is conveniently located in Suite #301 at 13880 Braddock Road. We accept new patients who are ready for quality, comprehensive dermatological care.