With early detection and treatment, however, most skin cancers are completely curable. Early detection and treatment of any form of skin cancer is essential both to prevent the disease from spreading to other areas of the body and to achieving better outcomes.
The type of treatment a patient receives depends on the following:
Surgery: When treating melanoma, doctors want to remove all of the cancer. When the cancer has not spread, it is often possible for a dermatologist to remove the melanoma during an office visit. The patient often remains awake during the surgical procedures described below. These procedures are used to remove skin cancer:
When caught early, removing the melanoma by excision or Mohs may be all the treatment a patient needs. In its earliest stage, melanoma grows in the epidermis (outer layer of skin). Your dermatologist may refer to this as melanoma in situ or stage 0. In this stage, the cure rate with surgical removal is nearly 100%.
When melanoma grows deeper into the skin or spreads, treatment becomes more complex. It may begin with one of the surgeries described above. A patient may need more treatment. Other treatments for melanoma include:
Other treatment that may be recommended includes:
This depends on how deeply the melanoma has grown into the skin. If the melanoma is properly treated when it is in the top layer of skin, the cure rate is nearly 100%. If the melanoma has grown deeper into the skin or spread, the patient may die.
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A tan, whether you get it on the beach, in a bed, or through incidental exposure, is bad news, any way you acquire it. Tans are caused by harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning lamps, and if you have one, you’ve sustained skin cell damage.
No matter what you may hear at tanning salons, the cumulative damage caused by UV radiation can lead to premature skin aging (wrinkles, lax skin, brown spots, and more), as well as skin cancer. In fact, people who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent.
the #1 cause of skin cancer and precancerous skin growths are the ultraviolet rays (UVR) from the sun. Light from other sources such as fluorescent lights does not contribute to skin cancer. Additionally, tanning beds with artificial UVR most definitely add to the development of skin cancer.
Mohs surgery is the most precise method for the removal of skin cancer. The dermatologist that removes the skin cancer personally examines the outside edges to be sure the margins of removal are clear. The peripheral margins are meticulously examined 360 around both on the surface and underneath typically by horizontally oriented frozen sections. Imagine you are looking at the pie crust around a pie. Well, with Mohs surgery, you are looking at the surface of the pie crust that is next to the pie tin or plate.
Mohs Surgery is unique in that it allows one to accomplish two very important goals:
Our mission at Skin Care Physicians of Georgia is to provide expert individualized service to each and every patient with skill and compassion. Our board certified physicians and professional staff are highly trained and strive to deliver ethical comprehensive care to all patients and to care for them "just as they would want their family treated."
From treatment of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea to removal of warts, moles and other lesions, our office provides a full range of medical dermatological services so you can enjoy the healthy skin you deserve.