Metastasis

Colorado Springs Dermatologist Dr. Reagan Anderson

Video Transcript

So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist!

Now the thing we worry about skin cancers the most is if they metastasize, and that means spreading internally into your body, because once any cancer starts to metastasize or spread, that’s when they become deadly. Now we also worry about skin cancers being locally destructive, like destroying a nose or getting into your eye or something like that, but most of those things are not life-threatening. What is life-threatening is when it spreads internal. Fortunately for us most of the time, skin cancers that spread internal have been present for a very long period of time and if you’re good with doing your monthly full body skin exams and noticing anything new changing or growing, and we have videos to teach you how to do that, and if you come in to see your dermatologist at least once a year so that we can see if anything is concerning to us, the vast majority of the time this concept of metastatic skin cancer, well, it’s not even on the table.

Because Dermatologists treat more than just skin cancer!