Skin Cancer

16756410_ml(1)Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancers, affecting more than one million Americans every year. Skin cancer refers to the abnormal, uncontrolled growth of skin cells.

Skin cancers are generally curable if caught early. However, people who have had skin cancer are at a higher risk of developing a new skin cancer, which is why regular self-examination and doctor visits are imperative.

Risk factors include pale skin, family history of melanoma, being over 40 years old, and regular sun exposure. Fortunately, skin cancer is almost always curable if detected and treated early. The most common skin cancers are:

1. Basal cell carcinoma
2. Squamous cell carcinoma
3. Melanoma

Skin cancers vary in shape, color, size and texture, so any new, changed or otherwise suspicious growths or rashes should be examined immediately by a physician. Early intervention is essential to preventing the cancer from spreading. Benign pigmented spots or patches of skin, such as moles and other birthmarks are often visually unappealing. They range in color from tan and brown to blackto red, pink or purple (vascular lesions, such as strawberry hemangiomas or port wine stains).

Our doctors often removes these skin abnormalities, with various procedures that are determined by depth, location and color as well as the patient’s skin type and age. Though most birthmarks are harmless, they may change, exhibiting warning signs that warrant an immediate examination by a professional.

Screening by a dermatologist can identify these lesions when they are most curable and can be performed during an office visit without drawing any blood. Moles and other lesions can be evaluated with a dermatoscope, which can magnify pigmentary patterns. Much care is taken to assure patient comfort, to educate patients about their skin and self screening, and on how to protect the skin from further sun damage.

We have extensive experience in post-operative treatment of any residual scars, to achieve the best possible final result. Contact us at (480) 435-9731