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Skin Cancer Specialist

ERderm -  - Dermatology

ERderm

Dermatology & Surgical Dermatologists located in Newport Beach, CA

Over 3.5 million new skin cancer diagnoses occur each year in the United States. At ERderm in Newport Beach, California, dermatologists Edward Rohaly, MD, and Samuel Peterson, MD, FACMS, FAAD, can evaluate a new or unusual lesion and treat your skin cancer if you have it. Even though most cases of skin cancer are highly treatable, you must get an early diagnosis for the best results from treatment. To set up an evaluation or screening, call ERderm, or request an appointment online today.

Skin Cancer Q & A

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is a consequence of the DNA damage that the sun causes within your skin cells. This damage causes the affected cells to grow uncontrollably, and if you don’t detect it early enough, it can spread to other areas of your body and become life-threatening. 

Fortunately, there are many treatments available for skin cancer, and they have high cure rates. The ERderm team specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of several of the most common forms of skin cancer, including:

Squamous cell cancer

Squamous cells are flat-looking cells on your skin’s surface that shed as new cells replace them. Squamous cell cancer rarely spreads, but it can if you let it go undetected. 

Basal cell cancer

Basal cell cancer develops deeper beneath your skin’s surface than squamous cell cancer and affects the cells that move up in the epidermis. In the later part of their life cycle, basal cells eventually become squamous cells as they move up toward the surface. 

Melanoma

Melanoma, the most serious type, impacts the cells that produce pigment. Melanoma can be cured if you find it early, but it can spread and become hard to treat if you don’t find it soon enough. Melanoma can take the form of a new mole or lesion, or it can take over a mole that you’ve had for your entire life. 

How is skin cancer treated?

Before it spreads, skin cancer is reasonably simple to treat with an individualized plan. After the ERderm team evaluates your lesion of concern and performs a biopsy to see if it’s cancerous, they select a treatment that works well for your specific type of cancer. Your plan might involve:

  • Excision
  • Mohs surgery
  • Cryotherapy
  • Curettage and electrodessication
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • The ALVAC-MART-1 vaccine for melanoma

If the skin cancer has spread, the ERderm team coordinates your treatment with an oncologist. Treatments for spreading skin cancer might involve chemotherapy, radiation, or both. 

How can I lower my risk for skin cancer?

The most important preventive strategy for skin cancer is reducing your exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light rays. The ERderm team recommends:

  • Using protective clothing like hats and sunglasses
  • Applying sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher
  • Reapplying sunscreen throughout the day
  • Choosing shady areas when you’re outside
  • Being extra careful around reflective sand, snow, and water
  • Avoiding tanning beds and booths

You should also get skin cancer screenings at ERderm at least once a year. The team can also teach you to check your own skin for signs of skin cancer like new or evolving moles and sores.

For more information about skin cancer, screenings, and treatments, call ERderm, or request an appointment online today.