Dr. Stephanie Teotia, Dallas Plastic and Reconstruction Surgeon, answers your questions about skin cancer. Click Here to ask a question of your own.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of skin color. It is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable.
Q: I have noticed a patch of skin on my arm that scales and then goes away. However, the scale always returns in time. What would you suggest?
A: The area needs to be biopsied. A small amount of the skin is sent to a pathologist to determine the final diagnosis.
Q: Can skin cancer be removed without surgery?
A: Not usually. There are some superficial skin cancers that can be treated with topical chemotherapy. The majority need to be removed surgically.
Q: Do spray tans cause skin cancers?
A: If you have to select between a spray tan or a natural tan, a spray tan is a better choice. However, many would argue that pale skin is in!
Q: How do I get enough Vitamin D if I am avoiding the sun?
A: You most likely receive adequate sun exposure if you live in Texas. However, oral supplements are always an option.