Skin Cancer

Dermatology located in Fairfax, VA

Approximately 9,500 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every day, with rates rising over the last several decades. The good news is that skin cancer is highly treatable with prompt and proper care, and the team of dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax provides treatment for various forms of skin cancer. Book your consultation today by calling the Fairfax, Virginia, office or scheduling an appointment online.

Is skin cancer common?

Skin cancer usually results from repeated ultraviolet (UV) damage to the skin over time, which may be why it’s one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States.

Cell damages result in uncontrolled and abnormal growth, causing dangerous skin lesions and potentially spreading to other parts of the body. This risk makes it vital to see a dermatologist consistently and request an appointment if you notice concerning symptoms.

What are the types of skin cancer?

The team at Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax offers individualized, effective treatment for:

Actinic keratoses

These precancerous growths usually appear on areas that endure sun exposure, like your face, scalp, and arms. Watch out for rough, dry lesions or patches more easily felt than seen.

Basal cell carcinoma

This most common type of skin cancer appears in areas exposed to the sun. It may look like a pearly bump on the skin, a scaly growth, or a sore that doesn’t heal.

Merkel cell carcinoma

A rare but aggressive skin cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma causes rapidly growing malignant nodules, and it’s crucial to get an early diagnosis followed by prompt treatment.

Squamous cell carcinoma

As the second most common skin cancer, this type arises from actinic keratosis growths, chronic inflammation, or injuries. While squamous cell carcinoma can be deadly, working with a skilled team gives you options for safe removal.


Although less common than squamous or basal cell carcinoma, melanoma can be dangerous because it’s likely to spread. Keep your dermatologist apprised of changes to pigmented areas or moles.

What symptoms of skin cancer should I be aware of?

If you have moles or other skin spots, look for changes in their shape, size, or color, and:

  • Unhealing sores
  • Areas of itching, pain, tenderness
  • Growths that appear pink, pearly, or translucent

Contact the Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax team if you have concerns.

How is skin cancer treated?

If the evaluation confirms a skin cancer diagnosis, your provider personalizes a care plan to begin your treatment quickly. Depending on the type, location, and severity of the cancer, they may recommend:

  • Topical treatments
  • Surgical excision
  • Cryotherapy
  • Curettage and electrodesiccation
  • Immunotherapy
  • Mohs micrographic surgery
  • Target therapy
  • Radiation therapy

Prompt care gives the best odds of a good outcome. You can rely on the compassionate team’s years of experience. Schedule a consultation by phone or online today to learn more about skin cancer care.