Approximately 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all of cancers combined. This form of cancer is highly treatable when detected early. Skin cancer does not discriminate. Anyone can get it, regardless of skin color. The likelihood of skin cancer increases with age. Skin cancer most commonly is found on areas of the body that are exposed to the sun.
When caught early, skin cancer is highly treatable. This is why we stress the importance of routine skin exams with our patients.
Treatment begins with a proper diagnosis. In order to diagnose skin cancer, we perform a full skin exam during an office visit. If a lesion is suspicious, a small portion of it maybe sampled for testing. That specimen is carefully stained and examined in a laboratory. If the sample is shown to be cancerous, the type of skin cancer you have will be determined and we will discuss the appropriate treatment options for you.