At Universal Dermatology & Vein Care, patients receive exceptional care for their skin, hair and nail disorders. We specialize in surgical procedures that address a multitude of skin disorders from biopsies, to wide excision for more extensive skin cancer lesions. 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 determine how the board certified Dermatology specialists of Universal Dermatology & Vein Care can help protect you and your skin.
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with more than 3.5 million new cases per year. The number of new cases exceeds that of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined. 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 quality of life.
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) These cancers are less common, but may spread. These cancers can begin as pre-cancerous growths which are often rough, scaly patchy growths, which may be painful when rubbed.
Melanoma is the rarest skin cancer and first surfaces as moles with different appearances. Everyone is at risk. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from tanning beds or natural sunlight causes sunburns and increases our lifetime risk of skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, there are other risks, such as living at a high altitude, autoimmune diseases (ex: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis), immune-suppressive medications and a family history of sun cancer, to name a few. Sun protection does not mean a life spent indoors!
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.