There are several types of skin cancer (Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Melanoma), which may develop from moles or take the form of skin lesions. Skin cancer, moles, and many benign growths can be hereditary and are often caused by unprotected exposure to the sun. Though frightening, many skin cancers are very treatable. If you are over age 35, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends an annual skin exam by your dermatologist.
Early detection and treatment are critical. Dr. Long utilizes dermoscopy to aid in full-body skin examinations. Suspicious moles or skin lesions are removed and biopsied to determine whether they are benign or malignant. Treatment for benign growths and moles may include chemical peels, cryotherapy (freezing), chemical agents, and surgical excision. Lesions of large size or involving more cosmetically sensitive areas of the face may require referral to a specialized skin cancer surgeon for Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
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Treatment of Precancers (Actinic Keratoses)
Actinic keratoses (AKs) are precancerous lesions that occur on sun-damaged skin. Left untreated, AKs may turn into a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. Fortunately, AKs can be treated before they can turn into cancer. We offer various treatment options for AKs including field therapy with photodynamic therapy (PDT with Levulan and Blu-U Light), topical creams, or chemicals peel. Treatment of focal lesions includes cryosurgery (“freezing”) or curettage (“scraping and burning”).
As most people who have AKs will continue to grow new AKs for life, it is recommended that you continue to follow up with your dermatologist for regular skin checks.
Signs of Precancerous Skin Lesions (Actinic Keratosis)
- Rough-feeling patch on skin that cannot be seen.
- Rough patch or growth that feels painful when rubbed.
- Itching or burning skin lesion.
- Lips feel constantly dry.
- For more information on actinic keratoses, visit: http://www.dusapharma.com/actinic-keratoses2.html.
- PDT with Levulan Treatment Steps
- PDT with Levulan Post-Treatment Care
Treatment of Benign Skin Lesions
There are many types of benign lesions such as cysts, lipomas, moles, seborrheic keratoses and skin tags, which may be surgically removed for medical or cosmetic reasons.
How Do We Treat It?
Treatment options may include cryotherapy (freezing) or surgical excision. Skin surgery for benign lesions is performed in the office under local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort during the procedure.