At Pima Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists and skin specialists are experts at screening, diagnosing, and treating skin cancer using the most advanced treatment options available. At least 1 in 5 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer in their lifetimes, but the disease is preventable and, if detected early, can be successfully treated, in most cases. If you are concerned about skin cancer or wish to schedule a skin cancer check, please contact our dermatologists today.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
The most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is found in the round basal cell layer beneath the squamous layer. A non-fatal, nonmelanoma cancer, it is often easily treatable with a surgical procedure.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is cancer found in or just below the skin’s surface in the thin, flat squamous cells. A nonmelanoma cancer, it is often easily treatable with a surgical procedure.
Malignant melanoma is a serious type of skin cancer that forms below the squamous and basal cell layers in cells called melanocytes, which form the melanin that gives your skin its color. Fatal, if not caught in time, it can spread deeper, making it harder to cure.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs surgery is a decades-old procedure that has stood the test of time as one of the most successful skin cancer removal methods available. Mohs micrographic surgery is precise and results in immediate and complete tumor removal. Its success rate is 97-99%, depending on cancer type, and features both long-lasting results and a shorter recovery time for patients. Dr. Schram is our Mohs surgical specialist and is known for her meticulous technique and warm demeanor.
It is the most common cancer in the U.S., and it is estimated that more than 1 in 5 Americans has it or will have it in their lifetime. When skin cancer is caught early, the prospects for survival are excellent. There are several types of skin cancer and surgical procedures to eliminate the disease are ideal for removing cancerous cells in both superficial and deeper cancers. Click here to learn more about skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Screenings
To decrease your risk of getting skin cancer – or to increase your chances of survival should you have it – it is a good idea to get regular skin cancer screenings. Screenings involve a visual inspection for signs of the disease to detect it as early as possible. If there is an abnormal result, more diagnostic tests are performed to determine if you do have the disease.
Contact Pima Dermatology for More About Medical Dermatology Treatments
Contact Pima Dermatology online or call our practice in Tucson to find out more about how our skin experts can address your medical dermatology concerns with a treatment tailored to your specific needs.
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