Did you know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer? While skin cancer is often caused by exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun, it can also occur in areas that do not receive direct sunlight. As the number one cancer in the United States, it makes good sense to have annual skin cancer screenings by a qualified dermatologist. At the office of SmarterSkin Dermatology, we provide skilled and experienced care to help prevent, detect, and treat skin cancer as well as a broad range of conditions affecting the skin, hair, and nails.
If a skin cancer screening indicates the presence of pre-cancerous or cancerous cells, our office will advise you on the best options in care to biopsy, remove, and treat the lesion so that no further tissue damage occurs as well as to help prevent any additional consequences to both your health and overall well being. One of the most effective treatments for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas as well as early melanomas is Mohs surgery. As one of the go to procedures in skin cancer care, only the affected layers of skin are removed. And, not only does Mohs surgery have a high cure rate, but it also allows you to keep as much healthy skin as possible since only the skin with cancer cells is removed. With a high rate of success, a Mohs surgery can often be performed in a medical office or surgical suite.
As a general rule, it’s a good idea for everyone to perform periodic self-exams to check for signs of any suspicious skin spots, changes, or lesions that may be indicative of a problem and contact our office if any of these issues are detected. Remember to be especially mindful of the appearance of any new moles or changes to existing moles. However, in addition to self-checks, annual skin cancer screenings as performed by a dermatologist are absolutely essential in order to completely and thoroughly assess the entire body for any signs of suspicious pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions.
At the office of SmarterSkin Dermatology, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our practice and the many services we provide, give our office a call today.
By Nicole Lyons
October 15, 2019