Signs & Symptoms of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is found primarily on areas which are regularly exposed to the sun; such as the scalp, face, lips, ears, eyelids, neck, chest, arms, hands, and legs. However, it can strike anywhere, even in areas which are rarely, if ever, exposed to sunlight.
Signs and symptoms of skin cancer include, but are not limited to:
The “pimple” that won’t heal
A new or existing spot that is growing
Flat red lesions with a scaly surface
Thickened red lesions with a scaly surface
A red or flesh colored bump or papule
A lesion which bleeds without significant trauma
A mole that has changed in size or color
Black, brown, red, or blueish-black lesions with an irregular border or irregular colors
If you notice these or any other changes in your skin, please make an appointment with a board certified dermatologist to receive an evaluation and recommendations.
Mohs Surgery: The “Gold-Standard” in Skin Cancer Treatment
Mohs surgery is the Gold Standard in skin cancer treatment; as it is the most advanced, precise, and effective treatment for skin cancers. Mohs surgery is a highly specialized procedure, which is generally reserved for cancers located on the head, neck, hands, feet, and shins. These areas are considered high-risk or complex areas, as the risk of cancer recurrence is much greater in these areas and/or there is a critical need for sparing normal healthy (non-cancerous) skin; in order to maintain function and/or avoid disfigurement.
Mohs surgery provides a 99% cure rate, while maximally sparing your normal healthy (non-cancerous) skin. Additionally, if your cancer is of a less aggressive nature or not in a high-risk area which is prone to recurrence, we will discuss various treatments options; such as Electrodessication and Curettage, topicals, or excisions with standard margins.
Skin Cancer Prevention
Making a few lifestyle changes can significantly reduce your chance of developing skin cancer.
Use sunscreen on a daily basis, in all seasons
Minimize exposure to sunlight from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Do spot checks regularly to identify any signs of skin abnormalities
Wear protective clothing outside: hats, lightweight long sleeves, and sunglasses
Use extra caution around snow, sand, and water, as they reflect sunlight
Avoid tanning beds