Mercy's Dr. Vadim Gushchin Discusses Different Types of Skin Cancer
Skin is made up of different types of cells. When the DNA inside these cells becomes damaged, they can become cancerous.
The three most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Basal cell skin cancer is the most common form of skin cancer, accounting for about 80% of all cases.
According to surgical oncologist Dr. Vadim Gushchin, Director of The Melanoma & Skin Cancer Center at Mercy, the most dangerous is melanoma, which is clearly related to the amount of sun exposure people have in their childhood. He said once the damage is done to your skin, there is no way back.
“If you feel there is something on your skin that looks suspicious, a lesion that wasn't there, a birthmark that has changed recently, seek an appointment with your dermatologist or primary care physician. It might need to be biopsied,” Dr. Gushchin said.
Dr. Gushchin emphasized the importance of avoiding direct sunlight between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., wearing long sleeves and clothing with SPF protection, using sunscreen and avoiding sunburns.
View Dr. Gushchin’s interview regarding skin cancer.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.