As the largest organ in the human body, the skin is susceptible to many conditions which can damage and diminish the quality of your skin. Whether it is a serious, life threatening skin condition, a recurrent, frustrating skin problem, or concern about a new rash or spot on your skin, we offer a large variety of options for fully evaluating and addressing your dermatologic needs. Our staff is devoted to providing technologically advanced care without sacrificing a personal approach to the patient. Some of the most common skin conditions we treat include:
- Skin Cancer
- Moles & Birthmarks
- Actinic Keratoses
- Hair Loss
As with any aspect of medicine, some conditions require more invasive treatment methods. Our medical staff has extensive experience with surgical skin treatment and can provide a safe and secure experience. We will discuss every treatment option and also work closely with other skin surgical specialists when needed to make sure you receive the best available care. Some of our treatments include:
- Excision & Closure
- Electrodesiccation & Curettage
- Photodynamic therapy for actinic keratoses (precancers)
Skin Cancer (Screening, Treatment & Surgery)
Skin cancer refers to the abnormal, uncontrolled growth of skin cells. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one in five people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Risk factors include pale skin, family history of melanoma, being over 40 years old, and regular sun exposure. Fortunately, skin cancer is almost always curable if detected and treated early. The most common skin cancers are:
- Basal cell carcinoma - 80-85% of all skin cancers. Basal cell carcinoma affects cells in the lowest layer of the epidermis.
- Squamous cell carcinoma - 10% of all skin cancers. Squamous cell carcinoma affects cells in the middle layer of the epidermis.
- Melanoma - 5% of all skin cancers. Melanoma is a rare but very dangerous type of skin cancer. It is the leading cause of death from skin disease.
Skin cancers vary in shape, color, size and texture, so any new, changed or otherwise suspicious growths or rashes should be examined immediately by a physician. Early intervention is essential to preventing the cancer from spreading.