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Promoting skin cancer awareness at Hawaiian Islands Dermatology, Kailua's trusted source for dermatology education and care.

Skin Cancer Awareness

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer globally, and awareness is key to prevention and early treatment. Our dermatology clinic in Kailua, Hawaii, is dedicated to educating our community about the dangers of skin cancer and the importance of regular skin checks. Early detection can lead to more effective treatments and significantly better outcomes for patients.

Various Forms

Skin cancer comes in various forms, with melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma being the most prevalent. Each type has distinct characteristics and potential risks. Our clinic uses detailed skin examinations and diagnostic tools to identify these types effectively.

Graphic displaying various forms of skin cancer at Hawaiian Islands Dermatology, Kailua's top dermatology clinic.

Types of Skin Cancer

Illustration showing different types of skin cancer at Hawaiian Islands Dermatology, Kailua's leading clinic for dermatological care.



Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer and is responsible for the majority of skin cancer deaths. It can develop in a mole that changes in size, shape, or color, and also as a new dark spot on the skin that looks different from the rest. Melanomas can appear anywhere on the body, not just sun-exposed areas. Early detection and treatment are critical for survival, as melanoma can spread rapidly to other organs


Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. It usually arises in areas of the body that have been exposed to the sun, like the ears, face, and hands. SCC may present as a firm red nodule, a flat sore with a scaly crust, or a new sore over an old scar. This type of cancer is more aggressive than basal cell carcinoma and can metastasize if not treated early.


Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, often developing in areas frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face and neck. It typically presents as a slightly transparent bump on the skin, though it can also appear as a flat, scaly, flesh-colored or brown patch. While BCC is rarely fatal, it can cause significant skin damage by growing and invading surrounding tissues. Prompt treatment is important to prevent disfigurement and more serious complications.

Infographic detailing skin cancer risk factors and prevention at Hawaiian Islands Dermatology, Kailua's premier dermatology clinic.

Risk Factors and Prevention

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds is the most significant risk factor for skin cancer. Preventive measures include using broad-spectrum sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding peak sun hours. Regular skin screenings are recommended, especially for those with a family history of skin cancer or who live in sun-rich environments like Kailua.

Diagnostic Services

Early detection is crucial for successful skin cancer treatment. Our clinic offers comprehensive skin exams and biopsy services to diagnose skin cancer accurately. These examinations are vital for identifying cancerous changes in the skin at the earliest possible stage, allowing for more effective management and treatment options.

Skin cancer diagnostic services offered at Hawaiian Islands Dermatology, Kailua’s premier clinic for early detection and care.
Exploring skin cancer treatment options at Hawaiian Islands Dermatology, Kailua's top clinic for comprehensive dermatological care.

Treatment Options

Treatment for skin cancer depends on the type, size, location, and stage of the tumor. Options may include surgical removal, radiation therapy, and in some cases, topical medications. Our dermatologists in Kailua are skilled in various techniques to ensure the best care, tailoring treatment plans to each patient’s specific needs.

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