The Providers at Bellaire Dermatology are well trained in surgical options for removing worrisome lesions. A variety of treatment options may be used, depending on the location and severity of the suspicious lesion. Once removed, our team will send it to the dermatopathology lab for microscopic examination.
MOHS micrographic surgery is an advanced treatment process that provides the most effective technique for removing skin cancers while minimizing the sacrifice of normal tissue. This technique provides a 99% cure rate for most cutaneous tumors while allowing an optimal cosmetic outcome.
With both a MOHS surgeon, Dermatopathology Lab, and Clinical Staff in house at Bellaire Dermatology, we can make the MOHS process both quick and as easy on the patient as possible!
Skin cancer is a common tumor seen with a greater frequency as we age and receive more sun exposure. The most common types of skin cancer are: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Treatment options for skin cancers include MOHS surgery (explained below), excisional surgery, x-ray, surgery, curettage, and freezing (cryosurgery). The type, location, and characteristics of the skin cancer dictate treatment options.
Cumulative sun exposure is the single most important factor associated with the development of skin cancers. Fair skinned people often develop skin cancers more frequently than those with darker skin tones. Skin cancers also tend to be hereditary and may occur more commonly in certain families. Other possible factors contributing to the development of skin cancer include prior x-ray treatment, trauma, smoking, tanning bed use, immunosuppression, and certain chemicals.
Skin cancer begins in the uppermost layer of the skin and can gown down-ward like roots and/or outward horizontally along the skin surface. Therefore, what is apparent to the naked eye on the surface of the skin may only be the “tip of the iceberg.”
The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Both types grow slowly at their point of origin and usually do not spread to distant parts of the body. If not completely removed, both types can eventually cause problems such as bleeding, pain, local destruction of tissue, distant spread and death.
Compared to other types of cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are far less serious as long as they are treated in a timely manner.
Melanoma can be life threatening if not treated early. It usually appears as a brownish-black spot on the skin which often enlarges, grows, or changes. They can also begin as normal moles which have been present for years. With these, it is important to monitor for changes in texture, color, and border.