Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is a common, usually low-grade cancerous (malignant) growth of the skin. It starts from cells that begin as normal skin cells and transform into those with the potential to reproduce in an out-of-control manner. Unlike other cancers, the vast majority of skin cancers have no potential to spread to other parts of the body (metastasize) and become life-threatening. Types of skin cancer include:

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic Keratosis (AK) typically occur on body parts that are most often exposed to the sun. They usually appear as small crusty, scaly, or crumbly bumps or horns. Early on, they may come and go. Sometimes they are more easily detected by feel than by sight.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

One of the most common skin cancers, caused by long-term sun exposure. Frequently, two or more features are present in one tumor. In addition, basal cell carcinoma sometimes resembles non-cancerous skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer after basal cell carcinoma. They usually appear as thick, rough, scaly patches that may bleed easily. They often look like warts and sometimes appear as open sores. The skin around the site may exhibit signs of wrinkling, pigment changes, and loss of elasticity.


Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. Even so, if diagnosed and removed while it is still thin and limited to the outermost skin layer, it is almost 100% curable. Once the cancer advances and spreads to other parts of the body, it is hard to treat and can be deadly

Dr. James O’Connell can help treat skin cancer. He has dedicated his entire career to helping patients manage their skin conditions and is considered a leading expert in the field of skin cancer. He travels nationally and internationally to attend the most up-to-date educational seminars and meetings for skin cancer treatment. His approach is proactive & preventative and targeted & intensive to help intervene on skin cancer and get your skin back to its healthy state.

The first step is to visit O’Connell Dermatology for a consultation. Dr. O’Connell will conduct a total evaluation of the skin, identify what type of skin cancer you are suffering from, develop a personalized treatment plan to customize a series of solutions to help get your skin healthy again and monitor your skin over time to make sure that your skin remains healthy.


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