At Universal Dermatology & Vein Care, patients in central Ohio receive exceptional, personalized care for skin, hair and nail disorders. We specialize in surgical procedures that address a multitude of skin concerns, from biopsies to excision of skin cancer lesions, large or small.
The two most common surgical treatments we provide are for benign (non-cancerous) moles, cysts, and lipomas, and for cancerous lesions such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. Schedule your appointment today to see how our board-certified dermatology specialists can help protect you and your skin.
About Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than 3.5 million new cases per year. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. Skin cancer is not one disease, but a group of several cancers.
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC). These cancers may mimic other conditions and may appear as open sores, scaly patches or hard skin growths. These cancers rarely spread and are highly treatable; however, if untreated, their destruction of skin and underlying bone may seriously affect the quality of life.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). These cancers are less common but may spread. They can begin as pre-cancerous growths which are often rough, scaly patches that may be painful when rubbed.
Melanoma is the rarest skin cancer and first surfaces as a mole with an unusual appearance. Everyone is at risk. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from tanning beds or natural sunlight cause sunburns and increase the lifetime risk of skin cancer.
Other risk factors include living at a high altitude, autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis), immune-suppressive medications and a family history of skin cancer.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends:
- Spend minimal time in intense sunlight between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Avoid sunburns
- Avoid tanning (indoors and outdoors)
- Cover up with clothing and use a hat and sunglasses
- Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with at least SPF of 15 daily
- Perform a monthly head-to-toe skin examination
- Get an annual skin exam from your dermatologist