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Skin Cancer Removal Including Mohs

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The numbers tell it all. Skin cancer affects more than 1 million Americans annually, making it the most common form of human cancers.

Current statistics indicate one in every five Americans will develop skin cancer within their lifetime. So, what is skin cancer, in the basic sense? It is uncontrolled growths of skin cells, usually resulting from DNA damage to skin cells, particularly from sun damage, or tanning bed exposure. If you have fair skin, blue or green eyes, and red or blonde hair, you should take special precautions (see Skin Check), as you tend to be at highest risk for skin cancer.

High Risk Factors

  • Excessive sun exposure
  • Tanning salon exposure
  • Fair skin
  • Blond or red hair color
  • Blue or green eyes
  • Family history
  • Immune suppression
  • Exposure to radiation or chemicals

Prevention

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure, seek shade between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Wear protective clothing including wide brim hat and sunglasses
  • Use daily UVA/UVB sunblock SPF 30, reapply about every two hours

Detection

  • Routine skin screening with provider specializing in dermatology
  • Regular self examination

Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer

  • A is for Asymmetry – One half unlike the other
  • B is for Border – Irregular, scalloped or poorly defined
  • C is for Color – Varied from one area to another
  • D is Diameter – Greater than 6 mm
  • E is for Evolving – A mole or skin lesion that looks different from the rest or is changing

The majority of skin cancers are composed of three different types: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.

If you’re unsure, it’s always a good idea to make an appointment with one of our practitioners.

Services

Changes on the skin can be a sign of a number of diseases and conditions, and knowing the exact condition is essential for successful treatment. Here are some of the treatments we offer:

Biopsy

Through our skin biopsy procedures, we can sample your skin for cancerous cells even at its earliest stages to detect and remove cancerous cells as soon as possible.

Biopsy

Cryotherapy

Whole-body cryotherapy is a much more minimally invasive treatment compared to other surgical solutions, making it ideal for those who want to avoid surgical procedures and extensive recovery periods.

Cryotherapy

Electrosurgery

At Dermatology & Skin Health in Dover, Newington & Londonderry, NH and Peabody, MA, we use electrosurgery to treat patients with basal cell carcinoma and other qualified skin conditions.

Electrosurgery

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery results in a near-perfect cure rate, which is superior to other approaches, and spares healthy tissue resulting in better cosmetic results.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Skin Checks

The key to detecting skin cancers is to notice changes in your skin. If you see any of these signs, schedule an appointment with Dermatology & Skin Health’s medical professionals for a more comprehensive skin check.

Skin Checks

Surgical Excision

Also known as an excisional biopsy, surgical excision is a procedure that removes cells or samples of skin from the surface of the body.

Surgical Excision

Skin Conditions

There are a number of conditions and issues that can afflict the skin, and it never helps to ignore it and wait before it becomes a bigger problem. Here are some of the most common skin conditions that our patients experience:

Basal Cell Carcinoma

This skin cancer develops in the basal cells which can be found at the base of your outer skin layer. These cells are responsible for replacing old skin cells with new ones. When there’s a mutation in their DNA, the cancerous cells will form and cause lesions to appear on the skin. 

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Melanoma

Melanomas can be confused with a normal mole as they often present as dark brown or black spots on the skin. However, you should immediately consult with a dermatologist if you notice any irregularities in the skin, because melanomas can often change size and shape

Melanoma

Mycosis Fungoides

From rashes, the lesions progress to sores or plaques on the skin. Mycosis fungoides is generally separated into three phases: premycotic, mycotic, and tumorous. There is no known cause for this rare disease.

Mycosis Fungoides

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Some squamous cell carcinoma comes from actinic keratoses, which are dry scaly lesions that can be flesh-colored, reddish-brown, or yellow black, and which appear on skin that is rough or leathery.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma
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At Dermatology & Skin Health, our excellent dermatology services are guaranteed to be safe and effective, performed by the top doctors in their respective fields. Treat your skin problems by contacting us today.

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