Skin Cancer

Skin cancer entails the abnormal growth of skin cells. Three major types of skin cancer exist:

  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Melanoma.

Not all skin cancers are equally dangerous; basal cell carcinoma rarely metastasizes and is usually not life-threatening, whereas untreated melanoma can lead to death in months. 

Symptoms of skin cancer depend on its type. Basal and squamous cell carcinoma generally appear as lumps or open sores on the skin that do not heal. Melanoma is characterized by large, asymmetrical dark spots on the skin that crust on the edges. 

Skin cancer can develop anywhere on the body but grows most frequently in areas exposed to sunlight.

More About Skin Cancer


Sun-induced ultraviolet radiation is the most common cause of skin cancer, though indoor tanning can also lead to this condition. Other less common causes of skin cancers include immunosuppressive medications, immunocompromising health conditions, and genetic conditions.

Who is at risk? 

Those who prolong their exposure to the sun without protective clothing or sunscreen are most susceptible to skin cancer. Regular users of tanning facilities should also be watchful for this condition. Lastly, those with a family history of skin cancer or autoimmune diseases are at a higher risk. 

What are the most effective treatments? 

Surgical removal, specifically Mohs surgery, is widely considered the gold standard of skin cancer treatment. Mohs surgery involves removing thin layers of cancerous skin until only non-cancerous tissue remains. This surgical technique has a success rate of 95% or more treating basal and squamous cell carcinoma. 

Additional treatments for skin cancer include wide excision, amputation, lymph node dissection, topical chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. 

Our dermatologists at Danny Guo MD employ a range of treatments to treat all kinds of skin cancer. If you think you show symptoms of skin cancer and want it diagnosed and treated with the latest technologies, call 403-286-6888 or fill out the online contact form below.

World Class Training and Experience

Dr. Guo is board-certified in Canada and the US and has 16 years of post-secondary education. He has received surgical and cosmetic training at more than 15 prestigious institutions in Canada, the US, and Asia. He is a fellowship-accredited Mohs surgeon with expert knowledge on facial anatomy and surgical reconstruction. Dr. Guo brings an exceptional understanding of medical and cosmetic dermatology and many years of extensive experience to his practice.

Common Skin Conditions

Dr. Guo is highly trained to treat a range of both medical and cosmetic skin conditions with the most current and cutting-edge techniques. Learn more about some of the more common skin conditions and the options for treatment. You do not need to suffer from painful and irritating skin conditions. Let Dr. Guo help you find a treatment solution.

Distinctive Dermatology

Distinctive Dermatology

Dr. Danny Guo promises informative, compassionate, and the most competent care for every dermatology patient he serves in the Calgary and Edmonton areas. He is highly educated and one of fewer than 30 fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons in Canada. For information on medical referrals or to book your complimentary cosmetic consultation contact our office at 1-403-286-6888.

Healthy. Beautiful.

Danny Guo MD is committed to serving patients in Calgary and Alberta as a trustworthy, knowledgeable, and reliable source for expert skincare. With a careful and compassionate approach, Dr. Guo offers medical and cosmetic dermatology services allowing patients to choose health and to feel good in the skin they are in.
Connect with our office at 1-403-286-6888 for your free consultation.

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