Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. More than two million people are diagnosed with the disease each year—more than all cancers of the breast, colon, lung and prostate combined. If caught early, most skin cancers are easily treatable.

 

Dermatology Providers

Cancer Types

Our board-certified dermatologists are highly skilled in the latest treatments for:
Basal cell carcinoma
Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma
Melanoma
Merkel cell carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma

Cancer Treatments

MOHS surgery is the most common and most effective treatment for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell skin carcinoma. West Dermatology specializes in MOHS, with several experienced, board-certified doctors available to perform this treatment. MOHS surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, with a local anesthetic. Tissue is removed from the affected area one layer at a time, and immediately examined to determine if more tissue needs to be removed. This process allows our surgeons to remove all of the cancerous tissue in one visit, with minimal damage to healthy tissue. Repair or reconstruction of the affected area will depend on the size of the sample removed. Your surgeon will discuss options with you once the cancer has been removed.

Monthly Skin Cancer Self-Check Tips
Some tips for a thorough self-check include:

Examine yourself in well-lit room after shower or bath.
Rough, dry patches that are red or pink
Ask a friend or spouse to check hard-to-see areas, such as your back.
Look at all of your skin, even those areas not regularly exposed to sun.
What are you looking for?
Smooth, waxy, or pearly lumps
Rough, dry patches that are red or pink
Moles that are: unfamiliar, growing, asymmetrical, blurry or frayed, various shades, crusty, and/or bleeding
Look at all of your skin, even those areas not regularly exposed to sun.

Cancer Center Specialties

Detailed information about our Specialties