Our dermatologists examine your entire skin surface from your scalp to your toes, searching for suspicious growths, moles, and other lesions. Our practitioners will review your complete medical history to identify skin cancer risk factors and guide treatment recommendations. Some risk factors for skin cancer include:
Excessive UV (ultra-violet) radiation exposure from the sun
History of sunburn
Family history of skin cancer
Fair skin, hair, and eyes
History of atypical moles
When diagnosed in its early stages, most skin cancer can be cured. Therefore, early detection of skin cancer is extremely important. If we detect a suspicious growth, mole, rash, or lesion, we may recommend an immediate biopsy. Any biopsy proven skin cancers can be treated in the office via a standard excision or Mohs surgery.
The most common skin cancer is a basal cell carcinoma (BCC). This is a locally aggressive cancer and responds well to multiple treatment modalities including chemocreams and surgery. The second most common skin cancer is a squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). SCCs have a small risk of metastasis and respond well to surgery. Both BCCs and SCCs can appear as new growths or lesions, or can look like a sore or pimple that isn’t properly healing.
Melanoma is the third most common skin cancer and is the most dangerous if not caught early enough. Survical from melanoma is directly related to the thickness of a melanoma. Thin melanomas have a very high cure rate following surgical excision. Thick melanomas may metastasize to lymph nodes or other organs. Early detection is the key to long-term survival!
In this procedure, a small sample of a mole, lesion, or growth is taken and sent to a laboratory for examination to make a diagnosis and guide treatment decisions. The pathology result can take up to 1 week.
Excisions to Remove Skin Cancer and Other Growths
When surgery is necessary, it can be performed by several of our physicians. Our physicians are skilled at removing skin cancers, moles, and many other skin lesions. We have an on-site Mohs surgeon who performs the procedure with the subsequent reconstruction on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Skin Cancer Prevention
During your skin check appointment, our providers will discuss with you the best ways to limit your risk of developing skin cancer.