Skin Cancer Treatment and Mohs Surgery
The most common form of cancer in America, basal cell carcinoma, is also the most treatable – if caught early. Skin cancer can come in many forms, but frequently appears as irregular growths or darkened moles on the skin. Although many factors can cause skin cancer, it is most often attributed to overexposure to the sun’s ultra-violet rays. The team of dermatologists here at Silverberg Surgical and Medical Group can screen you for cancerous and pre-cancerous areas of the skin, significantly increasing your chances of early detection and eradication of deadly skin cancers. It is extremely important that individuals have skin cancer screenings, especially when noticing a skin growth or discoloration of an existing mole. Our practice is equipped with an array of laser and surgical procedures such as Mohs surgery to remove cancerous lesions and improve your chances of beating skin cancer.
Please contact our practice for more information on skin cancer treatment and Mohs surgery in Newport Beach, California and surrounding areas.
I have been a patient of Dr. Nancy Silverberg since 1996. As a child I enjoyed the sun too much and I have paid for that as an adult. I have had six Mohs surgeries by Dr. Nancy, and have been very pleased with the results. Her caring nurses and staff make each visit a comfortable one. I would highly recommend Dr. Nancy to anyone in need of her expertise in Mohs Surgery.Beth L.
Newport Beach CA
Skin Cancer Treatment
Skin cancers typically originate in the upper layers of the skin and appear as abnormal growths. Without adequate protection of the skin from clothing or high-SPF sunscreens, the sun’s ultra-violet rays can cause damage to skin cells and lead to malignant tumors. Smoking, certain chemicals, previous radiation therapy, and genetic factors may also contribute to the development of skin cancer.
There are three main types of skin cancer:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma – the most common form. This type of skin cancer almost never spreads beyond the area of the growth, and typically looks like a reddish patch or open sore on the skin.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma – these skin cancers also rarely spread to other parts of the body; however, they can grow faster and larger than other types. They often appear as an open sore, a warty growth, or a scaly red patch.
- Melanoma – the most deadly type of skin cancer. Melanomas are capable of spreading and may occasionally not be in an area that is exposed to the sun. They can often manifest in pre-existing moles, and typically take on a darker hue once affected by cancer. Melanomas must be removed as soon as possible.
If you notice a skin irregularity, a difference in the size, shape, or color of a mole, or growth on the skin that was not there before, it is imperative that you have the area evaluated.
Skin cancer can be successfully treated in a number of ways: surgical excision; cryosurgery (freezing of the cancerous growth); radiation and Mohs surgery. Silverberg Surgical and Medical Group is composed of board-certified dermatologists and physicians who can accurately diagnose skin cancer and offer effective treatment options to eradicate it.
Mohs surgery is one of the most effective ways to eliminate malignant growths and cancerous moles. The procedure is a layer-by-layer process of removing the cancerous growth, then taking away dermal tissues for examination. These tissues are inspected under the microscope to ensure that all of the cancerous cells are gone. Mohs surgery can go a long way in not only removing skin cancers, but also working toward making sure it does not return to the same area of skin.
I wanted to thank you for the excellent treatment and “stitching” you performed during my skin cancer removal. It’s reassuring knowing you are in good hands.
Costa Mesa, CA