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Skin Cancer

What is skin cancer?

Skin Cancer is the most common of all human cancers. It happens when normal skin cells grow and multiply outside of the normal cell structure. As cells multiply they form what’s called a tumor that can be cancerous.

Personal education is one of the greatest tools the residents of Edmonton, Alberta have in the battle against the various forms of skin cancer, and the more you know about the warning signs, the better chance you have of catching any symptoms early on.

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What are the major types?

There are different types of diagnosis such as:

What are the major causes?

Ultraviolet Radiation (UVR) light exposure is the most common which causes skin cancer.

Ultraviolet radiation comes in many different forms such as:

Ultraviolet radiation A or (UVA):

Deeply penetrate into the skin and contribute to photodamage and wrinkling of the skin, premature aging, and skin cancer. UVA is commonly found in tanning beds as they can emit five times more UVA than Natural sunlight.

Ultraviolet radiation B or (UVB):

These rays affect the skin’s outer layer resulting in sunburns, aging skin, and skin cancer.

Ultraviolet radiation C or (UVC):

These are the most dangerous rays. UVC rays are the rays that the earth’s ozone layer is designed to filter and is threatened with each passing day.

Other causes are:

  • Tanning beds
  • Exposure to high level of radiation (such as X-rays)
  • Contact with chemicals such as (arsenic, hydrocarbons, oil, and soot)

Reflection of UV radiation is also a major component to increase the risk of skin cancer. Water, snow, and other surfaces can increase UV exposure by simply reflecting the UV rays on the skin.   This is why Dr. Lycka recommends patients to stay away from tanning beds and limit your time spent in the sun.

Every wonder how the sun see you?

Even though you might have heard differently, wearing sunscreen is an essential step to protecting yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.


What should you look for on the skin?

The key to any cancer is early detection be sure to follow the A,B,C,D,E’s  if you have any moles on your body.  Should you find anything that raises a concern contact a dermatologist immediately. Remember it is important and highly recommended to check your skin once per month.

How can it be detected?

The key to any cancer is early detection be sure to follow the A,B,C,D,E’s  if you have any moles on your body.  Should you find anything that raises a concern contact a dermatologist immediately.Dr. Barry Lycka MD and Associates we offer the Verisante Aura Skin Cancer detection system.

Dr. Barry Lycka MD and Associates offer the Verisante “Aura” Skin Cancer detection system.  The Aura machine can rapidly and safely detect skin cancers without having to take a biopsy.  Using a special light to scan the skin, the machine can identify skin cancer cells in less than a second, cells that are invisible to the naked eye.  These immediate results significantly improve the detection of skin cancer, allowing us to find and treat skin cancer earlier than ever before.

Did you know that the survival rate of patients diagnosed with early stage skin cancer is about 99% while the survival rate for patients diagnosed with advanced stage skin cancer is only about 15%? Early detection is critical because it allows for more treatment options, higher survival rates, and fewer costly, invasive surgeries.

Dr. Lycka is one of the first doctors in the world to offer his patients this tool.


Should you have any questions or concerns with (s) contact us today the sooner the better!