The best thing you can do for your skin and overall health is to see a dermatologist regularly for a full body skin exam but also when a mole or growth on your skin begins to change. The cells on the upper layers of your skin are made up of squamous cells, and when they mutate or change, they can become squamous cell carcinomas (SCC). Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Adean Kingston is highly skilled and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of squamous cell carcinoma. With overexposure or repeated exposure to the sun's damaging UV rays, millions of people are diagnosed with SCC at an alarming rate each year. They can look wart-like in appearance, like a patch of eczema, or as a firm nodule on the skin that may flake and bleed on impact. The best advice we can give you is that if you suspect something is wrong with your skin, please have a dermatologist check it out. It is also important to know that SCC is a type of metastatic cancer, which means it can spread to other areas of your body.
SCC is a preventable skin cancer if precautions are taken by limiting sun exposure and applying sunscreen to always protect the skin. Dr. Kingston will tell you herself that there is no such thing as a "safe tan." SCC is clearly visible on the skin and is easier to treat when caught early in its development. We invite you to Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC in Dallas, Texas for a private consultation.
"Great, as always!"- E.W. / ZocDoc / Jan 16, 2019
"This is my first Yelp review EVER, that's how good Dr. Kingston is. I was a new patient and have suffered from chronic acne for over a decade. I printed the "New patient form" and filled it out before I arrived. I wasn't in the waiting room for more than 5 minutes. It's the most beautiful doctors office I've ever seen, all windows, clean, and very easy parking. She came in quickly and immediately questioned me about my problems. Then she did a thorough teaching session about my treatment plan, making sure I didn't have any questions before I left. And who said she doesn't look like the pictures on Yelp? WHAT?! She's even more beautiful in person, even though that shouldn't make a difference. The desk lady was incredibly nice, the nurse was incredibly nice, and obviously so was the dr. The entire appointment took less than 30 minutes in and out. I was so nervous to come to the doctor about my skin, thinking she would tell me she knew more about my condition than I did. (I've had this problem for over 10 years. I know what my skin likes /dislikes) She listened to me. She educated me. God bless this Dr!!!"- K.K. / Yelp / Dec 04, 2019
"Amazing doctor and caring staffing. Highly recommend."- Anonymous / ZocDoc / Dec 04, 2019
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"Office is so charming, making a trip to the doctor's office that much more appealing. Staff is extremely pleasant and welcoming. Parking is easy and free on surrounding streets. Got a photo-facial done by Mia, who took the extra step of walking me through the whole process as a first timer. It's a great way of removing sun-spots on the face. Already seeing great results! Highly recommended."- J.P. / Google / Nov 28, 2019
Everyone has a risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, no matter if you are fair-skinned with light-colored hair, or with gray/blue/green eyes or not. If you expose your skin to the sun for work or for leisure, you increase your chances of acquiring this type of skin cancer. We do know that men have SCC more often than women, and adults over the age of 50 are the most at risk. Anyone who has used an indoor tanning bed is also susceptible to SCC (and account for many of our new skin cancer patients each year). Other known reasons for patients developing SCC are from having radiation exposure in the past or from currently being immunosuppressed such as following organ transplantation.
Paying attention to the growths on your skin may not seem that important, but it truly is when it comes to seeing the symptoms of skin cancer. SCC spots will start to evolve and may even be mistaken for a wart or another skin growth. They can present as rough, scaly spots that just won't heal or bleed very quickly when disrupted on the skin. When any lesion on your skin starts to change in symmetry, color, shape, or size — you need to set up an appointment to see a skin specialist or an experienced dermatologist, like Dr. Kingston. If left untreated, you risk more than just the aesthetics of your skin because SCCs can become life-threatening cancer.
There are many options for treatment for our SCC patients at Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC. If the cancer is caught in the earlier stages, it will be easier to remove with (hopefully) minimal scarring. This depends on the subtype of the SCC, it’s location on your body and on the size and depth of the lesion. You do not want an SCC to spread because that is when it becomes a more serious issue. With early diagnosis, SCC is usually curable. There are many treatments available for skin cancers based on the subtype of the malignancy, size, location, and the depth and extent of involvement. Once a diagnosis is established, Dr. Kingston will discuss the appropriate treatments for you. A simple excision, cryotherapy, electrodesiccation, curettage, and chemotherapeutic medication are all available at Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC. If needed, Dr. Kingston works with many specialists to appropriately treat the skin cancer.
Set Up Your Screening
Make a life-saving appointment at Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC to have your skin assessed for skin cancers, like squamous cell carcinoma. We are versed in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of SCC, and it is vital to see a dermatologist, like Dr. Kingston, to examine your skin. Our team will provide you with the compassionate care you deserve and educate you on how to best care for your skin with or without malignancies. Please contact our office at your earliest convenience to schedule your examination (especially if you already have a worrisome spot that needs to be evaluated).