Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and it’s estimated that 20% of Americans will receive a skin cancer diagnosis at some point during their life. At Advanced Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, board-certified dermatologist Glenn Kolansky, MD, FAAD, offers skin cancer screening and removal using the advanced Mohs surgical procedure. To schedule a consultation with the experienced physician, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Skin cancer refers to the abnormal growth of skin cells. It most often develops on areas of the skin exposed to the sun. However, skin cancer can develop on any part of your body, even areas with minimal sun exposure.
Finding skin cancer early increases your chances of successful treatment. You should inspect your skin regularly and have any suspicious growths or moles evaluated by Dr. Kolansky right away.
There are many types of skin cancer, but some are more common than others. The most common types of skin cancer include:
You may find basal cell carcinoma tumors on the sun-exposed areas of your body, such as your face and neck. These lesions may look like a flesh- or brown-colored scar. They can also form into a waxy bump.
Like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma tumors appear on the sun exposed areas of your body, including your face, ears, and hands. These types of lesions may appear red in color or flat and crusty.
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that can develop anywhere on your body. These types of cancerous cells appear as irregularly shaped moles with portions of the mole appearing red, blue, black, white, or pink. These lesions can also be itchy or painful.
Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas don’t typically spread or grow into other tissue. However, melanoma can grow and spread quickly. If you find any abnormal growths on your skin or a change in appearance of one of your moles, you shouldn’t ignore it. Getting treatment immediately ensures you get the best possible outcome.
Dr. Kolansky closely examines your skin when you come in for your skin cancer screening. The only way to diagnose skin cancer is through a biopsy.
Treatment for your skin cancer may depend on the size and location of your lesion, and whether it’s spread to other parts of your body. Surgical removal is usually recommended as the first step in the treatment of skin cancer.
Dr. Kolansky is fellowship trained in Mohs micrographic surgery, which is the most advanced and effective procedure for the treatment of basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. During this procedure, he removes your cancerous lesion layer by layer and examines each layer under a microscope. This process continues without damaging any of your healthy tissue until he’s reached the area of your skin that’s free of cancerous cells. This procedure minimizes your risk of scarring and offers the lowest risk of cancer regrowth.
For skin cancer that has spread to other areas of your body, you may need additional treatments, such as radiation or chemotherapy.
Skin cancer is common, but can be successfully treated when caught early. For expert dermatology care, contact Advanced Dermatology Surgery & Laser Center by phone or online today.