You're Not Alone

You're Not Alone

There’s a good chance you know someone who has dealt with skin cancer – one in five people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with melanoma or non-melanoma skin cancers in their lifetimes. The key is to take all the steps you can to detect and prevent skin cancer, such as making annual Total-Body Skin Cancer Examssm part of your healthcare routine. The proper use of an SPF 30 or greater broad-spectrum sunscreen applied at least every two hours, seeking shade whenever possible and wearing protective clothing while in the sun are essential.

Education and Check-Ups – Your Most Effective Weapons

We can help you understand what suspicious changes to look for when examining your own skin, or that of a loved one.

Skin Cancer and Breast Cancer Link

You are two-times more likely than normal to develop melanoma if you have had breast cancer. And the risk is reciprocal. Females with melanoma have a significantly greater chance of developing breast cancer.

Genetics play an important role as well. Having the BRCA2 gene substantially increases a breast cancer survivor's risk of melanoma. Having the CDKN2A gene increases a melanoma survivor's risk of breast cancer.

Because of these warning signs, both breast cancer and melanoma survivors should take extra preventative and early detection measures.

Fighting Skin Cancer with Everything We've Got

And we've got a lot. When caught early and treated properly, skin cancers are highly curable. We offer some of the most advanced skin cancer treatments available including Mohs micrographic surgery, photodynamic therapy, Superficial radiation therapy and other treatment options specific to the type of cancer, and your needs.

Which treatment or combination of treatments is right for you? We’ll discuss your treatment with you, taking into account the type of skin cancer you have, the location, your medical history and other factors.

Mohs Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is used for certain types of non-melanoma cancer and is performed by systematically removing tissue stage-by-stage, microscopically examining the excised tissue to determine whether cancer remains in the margins, and stopping when no more cancer is seen.

Mohs surgery is used commonly to treat:

  • Tumors that occur in high-risk locations (head, face, neck)
  • High-risk tumors
  • High-risk patients

At Advanced Dermatology, we strive to follow the Mohs Appropriate-Use Criteria Guidelines.

Mohs Surgery

Superficial Radiation Therapy

Superficial Radiotherapy or SRT is a safe, painless and effective FDA-approved method of treating non-melanoma skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma, virtually any place on the body. SRT is not like the radiation used to treat other cancers. It is designed to penetrate only up to 5mm below the surface of your skin, preserving surrounding healthy tissue while targeting the skin cancer cells. Learn more about superficial radiation therapy.

Superficial Radiation Therapy

Dermatopathology Lab

Our board-certified dermatopathologists understand that behind every test they perform for skin cancer is a real person who is depending on the results they get to be fast and accurate. Once your Advanced Dermatology physician or other skin cancer specialist receives those results, he or she will help you decide the best plan of care for you. Learn more about our dermatopathology labs.

Dermatopathology Labs

Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer, and Pre-Cancer Concerns

It can be frightening when you notice a change in your body – patchy skin, an odd bump or mole or a sore that just won’t heal. If you have any area of your skin or nails that is concerning you, see your dermatologist or provider at Advanced Dermatology as soon as possible. We have same-day, next-day appointments available in many of our 160+ offices.

We suggest you schedule an appointment, then navigate throughout this website to learn more about melanomas and non-melanoma skin cancers, and about precancerous conditions such as Actinic Keratoses or Atypical Nevi as well.

To schedule your annual Total-Body Skin Cancer Examsm

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