Annual Skin Exam
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Non-melanoma skin cancer is the most common type of skin cancer, which affects more than 3 million Americans every year. Finding these cancers early can lead to better outcomes. We recommend annual skin cancer screening in all patients. If you have risk factors or a history of skin cancer, you may need more frequent skin cancer screenings. We offer same-day biopsies and treatments for basal cell and squamous cell cancers. We also offer multiple modalities to treat actinic keratosis or pre-cancer.
What is Melanoma?
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops when the "colored" skin cells grow uncontrollably. They are characterized by the ABCDEs: Asymmetry, irregular Boarders, abnormal Color, large Diameter, and Evolution over time. In other words, a general rule of thumb is to raise concern for any rapidly growing and large moles that look different than the other moles on your skin.
How do you treat Melanoma?
We will biopsy the entire lesion with wide margins and send it to pathology to confirm the diagnosis and confirm we removed the entire lesion. Because melanoma is invasive (meaning, it can quickly spread to other parts of the body), we may have to send you to a sub-specialist to have Mohs surgery. These details will be discussed with you very compassionately and clearly and we will come up with a plan movement forward.