Skin cancer is the most common form of human cancers, affecting more than one million Americans every year. Skin cancers are generally curable if caught early. However, people who have had skin cancer in the past are at a higher risk of developing a new skin cancer, which is why regular self-examination and doctor visits are imperative.
We recommend scheduling annual mole checks to ensure that new moles are not cancerous and old moles have not grown or changed. Detecting skin cancer during its initial stages greatly improves the outcome of treatment. That is why it is so important that the skin is checked annually. Any spots or moles that are different than others, or that change, itch or bleed should be reported to a dermatologist immediately. The arms, underarms, hands, legs, feet, the back of the neck, the scalp, the back, and buttocks should be checked for changes at least once per month. It can be difficult to spot changes on hard to see areas of the body. This is why our board-certified dermatologists offer full body skin cancer screenings.
Skin Cancer Screenings
During a skin cancer screening, one of our medical professionals inspects the skin for signs of skin cancer. These screenings can also be useful in identifying individuals that have an increased risk of developing skin cancer. Screenings take only minutes to complete. Our qualified, board certified dermatologists offer full body skin cancer screenings. Our dermatology team specializes in the prevention, detection, and removal of skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Removal
Surgery is the most common treatment for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. Surgical options include excision, physical destruction, and Mohs Micrographic Surgery. Non-surgical options include Cryotherapy, Photodynamic Therapy using Levulan and topical chemotherapy. The type of procedure used depends on the type of skin cancer, the size of the area affected and where it is located on the body. Skin grafting and reconstructive surgery might be necessary after removal of large basal or squamous cell cancers.