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Skin Cancer Screening
At Brentwood Dermatology, we recommend regular skin cancer screenings for all of our patients, especially if they have a family history of skin cancer or fair skin. Skin cancer screenings are beneficial for the early detection of skin cancer. This is vital because skin cancer has a very high survival rate if it is detected early.
Types of skin cancer we screen for
We will examine your skin for unusual marks or moles that do not look like the other moles on your skin during a skin cancer screening. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the U.S., with the most common forms being squamous and basal cell carcinomas. We look for the signs and symptoms of basal cell, squamous cell, and malignant melanomas during skin cancer screenings.
Signs & Symptoms of Skin Cancer
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC): This type of skin cancer often presents as open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny nodules, or growths with elevated edges and/or a central lesion.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC): Squamous cell cancer often looks like a crusted or scaly area of skin with a red, inflamed base, resembling an ulcer that won’t heal or a crusted-over patch of skin.
Malignant melanoma: Melanoma can be found by examining your skin for moles and following the ABCDEs of melanoma so that you know when to see a dermatologist for a diagnosis.
Also, keep an eye out for these common signs and symptoms of skin cancer:
There are a variety of treatments for skin cancer. The most effective treatment is Mohs surgery, which involves removing and examining thin layers of cancerous tissue. The procedure is repeated several times until the cancerous tissue is no longer detected.
A skin cancer screening is considered a preventive care measure, so most insurance providers cover it.
Mohs Surgery has the highest cure rate of any other skin cancer treatment. Mohs surgery involves the repeated removal and examination of thin layers of cancerous tissue.
With Surgical Excision, a surgeon removes the cancerous tissue, and the area is closed with stitches or repaired with a skin graft or flap.
Curettage is a treatment often used for smaller lesions. With this treatment, a surgeon scrapes off a small cancerous growth with a surgical instrument with a sharp, ring-shaped tip. The surgeon then uses heat to destroy the residual tumor and control bleeding.
Cryosurgery is where a dermatologist applies liquid nitrogen with a swab or spray to freeze and destroy the tumor.
Radiation Therapy is a treatment for skin cancers that are not operable. Our team of dermatologists and staff work with radiation oncology when this type of treatment is deemed necessary. With radiation therapy, an oncologist will use radiation to target cancer cells so that minimal radiation affects surrounding healthy tissue.
Skin cancer screening
We recommend everyone have a skin cancer screening at least once per year or more frequently if you have pale skin or a family history of skin cancer. If you notice any strange changes in your skin, or if you are just overdue for an appointment, schedule a screening with the board-certified dermatologists at Brentwood Dermatology today.