Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Primary Care/Family Medicine/Dermatology


Dr. Tom Colletti, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA


Carcinoma of the skin is the most common type of cancer in the United States and the most common type of malignancy in Caucasians. It is estimated that 20% of Americans are going to be diagnosed with skin cancer. Though there are various types of carcinomas the main classifications are broken down into Malignant Melanoma (MM) and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers (NMSCs), known as Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) and Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC). Major risk factors for developing these cancers are Ultraviolet (UV) radiation, genotypes like fair skin, and family history. Treatment, for the most part, is surgical but includes nonsurgical alternatives such as topicals, cryotherapy, phototherapy, chemotherapy, and more. Prevention of developing skin cancer is focused on screening protocols and patient education.


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