Skin Cancer

There are more cases of skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined*. Any new or changing mole or a spot that won’t heal can mean serious trouble.

 

There are 3 main types of skin cancer:

•  Basal Cell Carcinoma
•  Squamous Cell Carcinoma
•  Malignant Melanoma

By receiving skin cancer screenings regularly, you can maximize your chances of early detection and a high cure rate. For example, melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer, has a 98% cure rate when detected at the earliest stage.

www.skincancer.org

There are more cases of skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined*. Any new or changing mole or a spot that won’t heal can mean serious trouble.

 

There are 3 main types of skin cancer:

•  Basal Cell Carcinoma
•  Squamous Cell Carcinoma
•  Malignant Melanoma

By receiving skin cancer screenings regularly, you can maximize your chances of early detection and a high cure rate. For example, melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer, has a 98% cure rate when detected at the earliest stage.

www.skincancer.org

Tru-Skin Dermatology offers a full array of skin cancer treatments which are utilized to create an individualized plan of treatment for each of our patients. Our treatment modalities include surgical and non-surgical options which are as minimally invasive and pain-free as possible.

NON-SURGICAL

SRT-100 Vision

Tru-Skin™ is one of the first dermatology practices in the nation to treat skin cancer with the SRT-100 Vision™ the ultimate in pain-free superficial radiation technology. This FDA approved device is a low energy radiotherapy that goes no deeper than the thickness of the skin, and incredibly effective in treating non-melanoma skin cancers and keloid scarring.

The SRT-100 Vision™ has a high-frequency ultra-sound guidance system that allows us to view the areas being treated in real-time as they are being treated. This revolutionary capability enables us to precisely assess and target basal and squamous cell carcinomas, as well as keloid tissue.

The SRT-100 Vision™ targets cancer cells by disrupting cell division, providing 95+% cure rates for non-melanoma skin cancers and 90+% cure rates for keloid scarring. These are the highest cure rates available for non-surgical treatment, and the cosmetic results are excellent.

This treatment is especially well suited to patients who are over 65, diabetic or cardiac patients on anticoagulant (blood thinning) medications like aspirin, coumadin and Plavix.

Additional advantages to non-surgical treatment with the SRT-100 Vision™ include:

  • No Cutting
  • No Pain
  • No Downtime
  • No Scarring
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SURGICAL

In most cases, there are many surgical options for skin cancers depending on several factors: type of skin cancer, tumor location, medical history, surgical history and medications. Surgical options include freezing, curettage, chemical peels, routine excision and Mohs surgery. Tru-Skin(TM) Dermatology providers are trained to perform your skin cancer surgery comfortably and effectively in our offices.

For your comfort we provide local anesthesia and use proven techniques to reduce the pain of injection. There is no need for general anesthesia or hospitalization. After your skin cancer removal is completed, our providers assess your individual level of anxiety and pain tolerance, and may prescribe medications to make your recovery as comfortable as possible.

Mohs

Mohs surgery is the most advanced and effective skin cancer surgery available today. Cure rates are the highest of any surgical procedure: 99% for basal cell carcinoma and 95% for squamous cell carcinoma.

Additional benefits of Mohs surgery are:

  • Doesn’t require hospitalization or general anesthesia
  • Complete cancer removal is confirmed the same day
  • Removes the smallest possible amount of normal skin
  • Minimal discomfort due to local anesthesia
  • Excellent cosmetic results

Developed by Dr. Frederic E. Mohs, the Mohs procedure is a state-of-the-art technique that has been continuously refined over 70 years. With this technique, physicians are able to microscopically trace all the edges of the cancer down to the roots, seeing beyond the visible disease. Mohs surgery precisely identifies and removes the entire tumor layer by layer, while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact and unharmed. Mohs is the most exact and precise method of skin cancer removal and it minimizes the chance of re-growth, lessening the potential for scarring or disfigurement.

SKIN BIOPSY / MOLE REMOVAL

Why a biopsy would be needed:

After a skin cancer screening is performed, a suspicious spot may require a small sample of the affected area to be removed for further testing.

What to Expect:

The area will be numbed to prevent pain. A small piece of skin will be removed or shaved off. This skin will be prepared on a slide and sent to a board certified dermatopathologist, which is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing skin cancers and diseases. The site of the biopsy will be covered and you will be instructed on how to care for the area while it heals.

During the pathology phase, the tissue will be identified as cancerous or benign. You will be contacted by a Tru-Skin(TM) Dermatology staff member who will tell you the results of your biopsy. If further treatment or discussion is required, our staff will set your next appointment so that you may begin a plan of care.