Skin Cancer Surgery

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Skin Cancer Surgery

Skin cancer is by far the most common of all the different types of cancers that patients can develop. The incidence, diagnosis and treatment of these cancers has been rapidly growing for many years. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans can be expected to develop some type of skin cancer in his or her lifetime. It is for this reason that we strongly encourage protection from the harmful ultraviolet radiation of the sun and tanning beds, early diagnosis and treatment, an routine screenings whether you are a “high risk” patient or not.

 

There are many types of skin cancers, however the three most common types are:

 

1. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

3. Malignant Melanoma (MM)

 

Basal Cell Cancer is the most common type of skin cancer found in Caucasians, and when treated early is almost always curative. It is the slowest growing tumor, however, if left untreated for longer periods of time, can be fairly destructive. Larger growths can invade into the surrounding deeper structures of the skin and when neglected, even nerves or bone.

 

Squamous Cell Cancer is the next most common variant. This type of tumor can also be treated very successfully. It is more dangerous than BCC and does have a higher risk of spreading beyond the confines of what may be involved on the surface of the skin. Although uncommon, it does have the potential to spread, or metastasize, to lymph nodes and distant organs.

 

Malignant Melanoma is the most dangerous of all skin cancers. It is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25­-29 years old. While melanoma comprises less than 2% of all skin cancers, it is responsible for the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. The risk of being diagnosed with MM continues to rise exponentially and is currently approximately 1 in 60 individuals. Again, if detected early the cure rate is very high, however, if left undiagnosed it can metastasize and be life­ threatening. It is not typically symptomatic, does not necessarily need to be in sun exposed areas, and it can be found without any knowledge from the patient that something may be wrong. Depending upon your risk factors, an annual skin cancer screening is recommended and is extremely important in diagnosing these cancers as early as possible.

Skin Cancer Surgery

Dermatologic surgeons receive specialized training in diagnosing and treating skin cancer, making them the most logical choice to perform skin cancer screening and surgery. There are several modalities for treating skin cancer and determining which is most appropriate depends on a number of variables, from the type of cancer, to the location on the body, the age of the patient, etc. Procedures can range from simple to complex and commonly include cryotherapy, topical chemotherapy, curettage with electrodessication (scraping and cauterizing the cancerous tissue), standard surgical excision with sutures, Moh’s surgery, and radiation therapy. Which of these treatments should be employed is a conversation best left between you and your skin care expert your Dermatologist.

Contact  University Dermatology today to schedule an appointment by calling 704.596.1787

Skin Cancer Surgery

Skin cancer is by far the most common of all the different types of cancers that patients can develop. The incidence, diagnosis and treatment of these cancers has been rapidly growing for many years. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans can be expected to develop some type of skin cancer in his or her lifetime. It is for this reason that we strongly encourage protection from the harmful ultraviolet radiation of the sun and tanning beds, early diagnosis and treatment, an routine screenings whether you are a “high risk” patient or not.

 

There are many types of skin cancers, however the three most common types are:

 

1. Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

2. Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

3. Malignant Melanoma (MM)

 

Basal Cell Cancer is the most common type of skin cancer found in Caucasians, and when treated early is almost always curative. It is the slowest growing tumor, however, if left untreated for longer periods of time, can be fairly destructive. Larger growths can invade into the surrounding deeper structures of the skin and when neglected, even nerves or bone.

 

Squamous Cell Cancer is the next most common variant. This type of tumor can also be treated very successfully. It is more dangerous than BCC and does have a higher risk of spreading beyond the confines of what may be involved on the surface of the skin. Although uncommon, it does have the potential to spread, or metastasize, to lymph nodes and distant organs.

 

Malignant Melanoma is the most dangerous of all skin cancers. It is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25­-29 years old. While melanoma comprises less than 2% of all skin cancers, it is responsible for the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. The risk of being diagnosed with MM continues to rise exponentially and is currently approximately 1 in 60 individuals. Again, if detected early the cure rate is very high, however, if left undiagnosed it can metastasize and be life­ threatening. It is not typically symptomatic, does not necessarily need to be in sun exposed areas, and it can be found without any knowledge from the patient that something may be wrong. Depending upon your risk factors, an annual skin cancer screening is recommended and is extremely important in diagnosing these cancers as early as possible.

Skin Cancer Surgery

Dermatologic surgeons receive specialized training in diagnosing and treating skin cancer, making them the most logical choice to perform skin cancer screening and surgery. There are several modalities for treating skin cancer and determining which is most appropriate depends on a number of variables, from the type of cancer, to the location on the body, the age of the patient, etc. Procedures can range from simple to complex and commonly include cryotherapy, topical chemotherapy, curettage with electrodessication (scraping and cauterizing the cancerous tissue), standard surgical excision with sutures, Moh’s surgery, and radiation therapy. Which of these treatments should be employed is a conversation best left between you and your skin care expert your Dermatologist.

Contact  University Dermatology today to schedule an appointment by calling 704.596.1787

Contact University Dermatology today to schedule an appointment by callling 704.596.1787

COVID-19 UPDATE

Please note the following updates from our practice:

-We already follow strict infection control protocols in our clinic that keep our facilities safe for all patients, and we are continuing to follow these best practices.

-In addition, we have implemented a special COVID-19 preparedness plan and have asked any employees who are feeling sick to remain at home until they are better.

As a patient, you can help us protect the health and well-being of our patients and our community by following these guidelines:

•If you have a fever or are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory infection (e.g., cough, sore throat, fever or difficulty breathing),or history of travel to areas experiencing transmission of COVID-19 or contact with possible COVID-19 patients, please call our office to cancel your appointment.  When you are completely well or had a waiting period, we will do our best to reschedule any cancellations from this time period as soon as possible.

•Plan to come to your scheduled appointment alone, so that there aren't any extra unnecessary people in the office at one time. If you are a new patient, please refer to our website and download the necessary paperwork. If you do not have this information prepared, this could delay your appointment or you may be asked to reschedule your appointment.

•If you have a face mask or face covering, we strongly recommend wearing it as an added precaution.  Our clinical staff will all be wearing masks.

•When you arrive, please read the instructions on the front door. Then check in at the front desk. At that time, our staff will instruct you regarding check in procedures.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us keep all our patients and staff safe and healthy during this time.