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Understanding Skin Cancer and Its Various Forms

Skin cancer is a prevalent health issue, and understanding the differences between its various types is crucial for early detection and effective treatment. Apollo Dermatology aims to educate its patients about the three most common types of skin cancer: Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC), Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), and Melanoma. It is also important to stress the significance of regular skin exams by a board-certified dermatologist, like Dr. Dupati, for early detection and prevention.

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) Skin Cancer


  • Most common yet least aggressive type of skin cancer.
  • Often appears as a pearly or waxy bump, sometimes resembling a flesh-colored mole or a pimple that doesn’t heal.
  • Primarily caused by long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight.
  • Commonly develops on sun-exposed areas of the body, like the face and neck.


  • Generally treated with surgical removal.
  • Early detection typically leads to a high cure rate.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) Skin Cancer


  • Second most common type of skin cancer.
  • Appears as a firm, red nodule or a flat lesion with a scaly, crusted surface.
  • More aggressive than BCC, but when caught early, it is highly treatable.
  • Often found on sun-exposed areas but can occur anywhere on the body.


  • Surgical removal is the primary treatment.
  • Early detection is crucial to prevent spread to other areas of the body.

Melanoma Skin Cancer


  • One of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer.
  • Can develop in existing moles or appear suddenly as a new dark spot on the skin.
  • Known for its ability to spread rapidly to other organs if not treated early.
  • Exhibits asymmetry, border irregularity, color variation, a diameter larger than 6mm, and evolving size, shape, or color.


  • Requires more aggressive treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
  • Early detection significantly improves survival rates.

The Importance of Yearly Skin Exams

Regular skin exams by a board-certified dermatologist are vital in the early detection of skin cancer. Dr. Dupati, at Apollo Dermatology, offers comprehensive skin examinations to identify any concerning changes or growths on the skin. These exams are crucial because:

  • Early Detection: Skin cancer is much more treatable when caught early.
  • Professional Expertise: Dermatologists like Dr. Dupati are trained to identify subtle signs of skin cancer that might be overlooked.
  • Preventive Advice: Regular exams provide an opportunity to learn about preventive measures, including proper sunscreen use and avoiding UV exposure.

In conclusion, understanding the differences between BCC, SCC, and Melanoma, and recognizing the importance of regular skin checks, can be life-saving. Apollo Dermatology is committed to providing the highest standard of care in the early detection and treatment of skin cancer. Remember, a yearly skin exam by a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Dupati, is a key step in maintaining your skin health and overall well-being.

Thank you for choosing Apollo Dermatology for your dermatological needs. We look forward to continuing to serve you with the highest level of care.

Warm Regards,

The Apollo Dermatology Team

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