Skin Cancer Treatment Services
What is Skin Cancer?
Types of Skin Cancers
The most common types are basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma.
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer and typically appears on sun-exposed areas. It appears as a fleshy bump, scab, or sore that does not heal and may have an elevated reddish border with an ulcer in the center. While BCC can grow slowly, it rarely spreads to other body parts.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is less common than BCC but more likely to spread if left untreated. This type of skin cancer appears as a hard lump or scaly patch that may be red or tanned.
Melanoma is an aggressive form of skin cancer that begins in melanocytes – cells that give color to our skin. It is often referred to as “the deadliest form of skin cancer” due to its potential to rapidly spread throughout the body if left untreated. Signs include changes in the size or shape of existing moles and new spots on otherwise healthy skin.
Skin Cancer Treatment Options
We offer both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for skin cancer. Both are effective treatments, with many of our patients having positive outcomes and feeling more confident in the knowledge that their skin cancer is being treated successfully.
Surgical treatments are typically used when tumors need to be removed quickly or when a patient has a large tumor. The surgeon will remove the tumor and any surrounding tissue to ensure that all of the cancerous cells have been eliminated.
- Mohs Surgery is a very effective technique used to treat skin cancer due its high
accuracy rate, with up to 99% of tumors successfully removed in one procedure.
Nonsurgical treatments are an excellent option for those who wish to avoid surgery or when tumors are located in areas where surgical removal may be difficult. These options may include:
- Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
- Targeted therapies
- Radiation therapy
Our team will work with you to develop a plan that suits your individual needs and goals. We take into account any existing medical conditions or lifestyle factors and strive to provide the safest and most effective care available.