The doctors at INTEGRIS are widely considered some of the best at treating cancer in Oklahoma. Our team brings decades of experience diagnosing and treating every type of cancer. We serve the entire state from our hospital locations in Oklahoma City, Yukon, Edmond, Enid, and Miami.
The INTEGRIS team is committed to providing the best care for its patients with skin cancer. We believe this starts with education about the disease, its symptoms, and treatment. Skin cancer is diagnosed when cells of the skin begin to reproduce un-checked, possibly spreading to other areas of the body.
There are several types of skin cancer. What type of skin cancer gets diagnosed depends on what type of skin cell has begun to behave malignantly. Basal cell carcinomas occur when cells of the deep layer of skin, just above underlying muscle, become cancerous. This is the most common type of diagnosed cancer, and is generally quite treatable. Another very treatable type of skin cancer is squamous cell carcinomas, which affect layers of the skin closer to the surface. Squamous cell carcinoma is also quite treatable, although it can spread. Malignant melanoma develops when the cells responsible for producing the skin’s pigment, or melanocytes, become cancerous. This type of skin cancer comprises a smaller amount of total cases; however, it is the most aggressive and fatal of skin cancers.
Symptoms of skin cancer begin with visible changes in the appearance or quality of an area of the skin. This may include:
- A change in the shape, coloration, or size of a mole.
- A mole that feels tender to touch, hard, itchy or swollen
- Oozing or bleeding moles
Regular self-examination is an important practice for finding skin cancer early. Changes in the skin may or may not be symptoms of skin cancer. Be sure to visit your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.
Each person's treatment program is unique to him or her. Upon diagnosis, a plan is mapped out, taking into consideration the individual’s age, overall health and health history, the type of skin cancer, how much the cancer has advanced, predicted course of the disease, tolerance for available procedures and medications, as well as the person’s preferences and opinions.
Surgery is one of the most common treatments for skin cancer, which may include:
- Freezing skin cells, or cryosurgery
- Scraping skin tissue away, or curettage
- Excision with a small knife
Other types of treatment might include laser therapy, radiation therapy, photodynamic therapy, different types of chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or targeted therapy.
For more information on skin cancer visit our health library. If you have concerns about cancer please request a consultation with your primary care physician, or contact the INTEGRIS Cancer Institute in Oklahoma City.