Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world — in the U.S. alone, more than 3 million cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year, and one out of every five Americans will develop some type of skin cancer over the course of their lifetime.The good news is that most skin cancers are completely curable, but early detection and treatment are key. For this reason, you need to do a monthly self-check, looking for changes to your skin such as irregular moles, especially those that evolve or bleed, and at least once a year, schedule a full body check with your dermatologist.
Diagnosis and Treatment
To diagnose skin cancer, we carefully examine the patient’s skin, paying particular attention to growths, moles, and dry patches. If we find something that looks like skin cancer, we will remove part or all of it and send it to a lab for testing.
When we devise a treatment plan for skin cancer, we take into consideration the type of cancer, where it is located, whether it is aggressive, its stage, and the patient’s overall health. We then develop a plan that may include one or more of the following: surgery, immunotherapy, cryosurgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and photodynamic therapy. These treatments may be followed by procedures to improve the appearance of the affected area.