DOCs providers are experts at diagnosing and removing skin cancer and offer skin cancer surgery procedures and other treatment options.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, incurring in 1 in 5 Americans during the course of their lifetimes and over 2 million new cases are documented each year.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer (92%) and linked to cumulative ultraviolet exposure. BCC is typically, a slow growing bump that typically stays local. There is a superficial variant that is pink and scaly and flat. Though rarely fatal, BCCs can be highly disfiguring.
Squamous cell carcinoma (7 %) is the 2nd most common form of skin cancer. It commonly presents as a scaly inflamed spot and can be associated with a long history of sun exposure, trauma, burns or radiation. Squamous cells have a slightly higher risk of leaving the skin and being invasive.
Melanoma is the least common form (1%), but highly malignant if not detected early. Risk factors or blistering sun burns, family history of melanoma, > 50 moles, > 5 atypical moles, fair skin type and some associated higher risk disease entities like Pancreatic and Breast cancer and Parkinsons.
The fact is that skin cancer is treatable when caught early. So contact us immediately if you notice anything on your skin changing, growing or bleeding. If surgery is required, you can be confident of having the most advanced technology with the highest cure rate. In many cases, procedures are done in-office with local numbing.
Thin or superficial skin cancers, Basal cell superficial and Squamous Cell in situ or superficial, have a different texture. The skin is fragile and is easily removable. Depending upon size and location, superficial skin cancer can be scraped (curetted) and cauterized for destruction.
Excision refers to the removal of a lesion by cutting through the skin down to the underlying fat and, in most cases, repairing the wound with sutures. Many types of lesions are removed by excision, including moles, cysts, lipomas and skin cancers. Excised lesions are submitted for pathology and review.
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