There are many different types of skin cancers, and they are named by the cell type that becomes malignant and begins spreading. These include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. The different skin cancers behave quite differently in terms of how fast they grow and spread, and they are treated differently as well. Given their differences, early detection is the priority. By performing a meticulous complete skin examination, with the added benefit of dermoscopy, early skin cancers, and even precancerous growths can be identified and treated easily in the office. Dr. Sadoff believes that the informed patient will be able to confidently realize when a lesion deserves the attention of a dermatologist, and this education is part of the complete skin examination.