You can have confidence in knowing that the dermatologists at Bucks County Plastic Surgery & Dermatology are experienced in performing skin cancer surgery for patients throughout Bucks County, PA, including Newtown, Doylestown, King of Prussia and more. Whether you’re due for a checkup, skeptical about a spot or aware of a lesion anywhere on your body, our dermatologists can provide you with answers and remove any possible issues.
As one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States, one in every five Americans will be affected by skin cancer in their lifetime. Skin cancer can sometimes be hard to detect, that is why it’s critical that you visit the doctor if you notice:
- New spots on the body
- Spots that do not resemble any other spots on the body
- Sores that do not heal
- Any redness or swelling around a mole
Most skin cancer, if caught early, will have a positive prognosis. Each form presents itself differently than the others and like many other types of cancer starts out as a precancerous lesion. The three most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, melanoma, and squamous cell carcinoma.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
The most common of the three, and also the least risky, basal cell carcinoma typically grows on parts of the skin that get a lot of sun. Basal cell carcinoma is unlikely to spread to other areas of the skin, but it can be locally aggressive.
Here’s what to look for when it comes to basal cell carcinoma
- A dome-shaped skin growth with blood vessels in it
Pink, brown, or black in color
- A sore that never fully heals
- A waxy and hard skin growth
Treatment options vary, and your doctor will help you decide which skin cancer surgery or treatment is best for your unique situation. Some options include:
- Cryosurgery – killing the cancer cells with liquid nitrogen
- Curettage and Desiccation – scraping the tumor away using electricity
- Excision – cutting out the tumor with a scalpel, requiring stitches
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
The second most common form of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma can be found on parts of the body that have undergone UV ray damage. This could be from the sun, or from tanning beds and is usually located on the head, legs, arms, neck, ears, face, and hands.
Here’s what to look for when it comes to squamous cell carcinoma:
- Dry, scaly lesions
- Reddish-brown, yellow black, or flesh-colored
- Large growths may itch or burn
Treatment options for squamous cell carcinoma are very similar to those for basal cell carcinoma. Remember, if you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer in the past, there is a higher chance it will come back. Keep up to date with visiting your doctor for regular skin checkups to reduce the likelihood of needing skin cancer surgery.
The most aggressive, yet the least common form of skin cancer, is melanoma. If melanoma is caught in its early stages, it is almost always curable. If it’s not caught early enough, it will spread to other parts of the body, making it extremely difficult to treat. Melanoma has become the most common form of skin cancer among those aged 25 – 29, thanks to the increased usage of tanning beds.
The American Academy of Dermatology uses the ABCDE method to help detect melanoma:
- Asymmetry – Benign moles are symmetric; melanoma moles are asymmetrical
- Border – Melanoma edges may be scalloped, or uneven, but they are definitely not smooth
- Color – Different shades of brown, black, maybe red, white, and blue
- Diameter – Malignant moles usually exceed the diameter of a regular pencil eraser
- Evolving – Go to the doctor immediately if your mole is changing in size, shape, color, etc.
If any of these signs or symptoms occur, please make an appointment to see our dermatologist right away. The doctor may do a biopsy of the mole to determine if it is or isn’t cancerous.
You can depend on our health professionals at Bucks County Plastic Surgery & Dermatology near King of Prussia to perform the highest quality of care when it comes to skin cancer surgery. Make sure you rely on our professionals to remove dangerous lesions and leave behind as little evidence of the procedure as possible.
For over 20 years, Board Certified surgeons Dr. Shafran and Dr. Skalicky and dermatologist Dr. DeRosa have been assisting customers in the Bucks County area with their plastic surgery and reconstructive skills. Their many years of experience have placed them among the most respected practitioners in the area.
Whether you live in Newtown, Doylestown, King of Prussia or anywhere else throughout Bucks County, PA, schedule your complimentary consultation with us by filling out a contact form on our website today.