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The number of skin cancers treated in the US every year is increasing dramatically. Skin cancer affects nearly 5 million Americans every year. According to the skin cancer Foundation, approximately 5.4 million non-melanoma skin cancers are treated each year and this number is increasing. Over the past 3 decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer over the course of a lifetime.

Early detection

Early detection is crucial. We can help detect skin cancer early by performing a skin exam in our office. We provide expert skin exams in an efficient and painless manner. An expert skin exam could potentially save your life. Dr. Messana has the highest level of training and expertise in diagnosing and treating skin cancer.

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer refers to abnormal cell growth in the skin. This is among the more common types of cancer, and it usually develops on areas of the skin that receive sun exposure. However, skin cancer can also affect parts of the skin that don’t get sun exposure. Skin cancer treatments can successfully treat this disease when it’s diagnosed and treated early. The longer skin cancer develops, the harder it is to treat. Untreated skin cancer has the potential to spread to other parts of the body.

What types of skin cancer are there?

There are a few types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are the most common types of skin cancer. Squamous cells are found right under the skin’s outer surface, while basal cells are found under squamous cells. Melanocytes are found in the deeper layers of the epidermis. Different factors are thought to contribute to the development of skin cancer, including UV radiation from the sun, exposure to toxic substances, and diseases that affect the immune system.

What are the symptoms of skin cancer?

Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma symptoms typically include scaly lesions or lesions that bleed. These lesions usually don’t heal. Other possible signs of these skin cancers include bumps that don’t disappear. Signs of melanoma include changes in the color or size of moles, dark lesions on certain parts of the body, and brown spots covered in darker specks. Those who have any signs or symptoms of skin cancer should seek a medical diagnosis so treatment can begin early if needed.

How is skin cancer treated?

Treatment options for skin cancer depend on the type of cancer a patient has. At Elevated Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery Center, treatment options for skin cancer include surgical procedures to remove the affected parts of the skin, Mohs surgery, and topical therapy.

Mohs surgery involves removing thinner layers of skin that contain cancer cells. This procedure is done until all cancerous skin layers are removed. Mohs surgery is designed to remove cancerous tissue without damaging the surrounding tissue. Other surgical procedures include excisions to remove a melanoma. Learn more about our surgical dermatology services.

Topical therapy for skin cancer includes chemotherapy for superficial, thin lesions with or without adjuvant therapy with laser resurfacing.

Elevated Dermatology specializes in skin cancer surgery with Dr. Christopher Messana as the fellowship trained Mohs Surgeon, Dr. Kate Messana as the dedicated dermatopathologist, and biopsies and excisions performed in-office.

See also our surgical dermatology services and info about melanoma and moles.


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