Skin Cancer

What is Skin cancer?
Any tumor or lesion arising in the skin caused by uncontrolled cell division is classified as skin cancer. More than 1 out of every 3 new cancers are skin cancer.

What causes Skin cancer?
While there may be a genetic predisposition (family history or skin type) to skin cancer, statistics show that 90 percent of all skin cancers are caused by long-term, unprotected exposure to the sun's UV rays. Those at highest risk are people with fair skin, blond or red hair, and those with blue, green or grey eyes, and workers in outdoor occupations.

The three forms of skin cancer are:

How do we treat skin cancer?  
Any skin growths that your practitioner finds suspicious will be recommended for biopsy. A skin biopsy is a procedure performed under local anesthesia, during which a small portion of a suspicious lesion is removed and sent to a laboratory for testing. If testing determines that a lesion is malignant, you will return to the office for skin cancer removal.

Skin cancer removal methods include:

What can I expect?
At Orentreich Medical Group, our vast experience combined with cutting edge procedures and state of the art tools will provide you with a pain-free, complete skin cancer removal. Skin cancer removal is a pain-free experience, as the area is completely anesthetized prior to removal. We will also consult with you on the best options for any scar revision as a result of a skin cancer removal. Skin cancer removal must be monitored afterward to assure the skin cancer has not spread.

Learn more about skin cancer:
Skin Cancer Foundation

Have a question about your treatment?
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.